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University of the Southwest Overview

University of the Southwest is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hobbs, New Mexico. The rural area surrounding USW is great for students who love a peaceful atmosphere.

What Is University of the Southwest Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$23,952 Avg Cost After Aid
  • The 5% student loan default rate at USW is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at USW.
  • In <nil>, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from USW makes roughly $44,729 a year. This is 10% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Where Is University of the Southwest?


Contact details for USW are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6610 North Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-392-6561

How Do I Get Into USW?

You can apply to USW online at:

University of the Southwest has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford University of the Southwest?

$23,952 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of USW is $23,952. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At USW, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $5,891 a year. That adds up to $23,564 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at USW is 4.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of the Southwest Undergraduate Student Diversity

356 Full-Time Undergraduates
46% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 414 undergraduate students at USW, with 356 being full-time and 58 being part-time.


There are also 650 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 356 full-time undergraduates at USW, 54% are male and 46% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of the Southwest students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 37
Hispanic or Latino 199
White 80
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 39

Geographic Diversity

New Mexico students aren't the only ones who study at University of the Southwest. At this time, 10 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 13 countries are represented at USW. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Colombia, Australia, and Netherlands.

Online Learning at University of the Southwest

650 Took All Classes Online
1,064 Took At Least One Class Online
-5.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 1,064 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at USW has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 7th most popular in New Mexico for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of USW

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of the Southwest was -5.1%. This is the #863 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at USW regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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