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Western New Mexico University Overview

Western New Mexico University is a public institution located in Silver City, New Mexico. The surrounding location of Silver City is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

What Is Western New Mexico University Known For?

1,266 Full-Time Undergraduates
$13,178 Avg Cost After Aid
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Western New Mexico University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 43% of the faculty were full-time.

Western New Mexico University Rankings

Western New Mexico University is ranked #1,580 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #8 out of 11 schools in New Mexico.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Western New Mexico University has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Western New Mexico University

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,149
Best Colleges for the Money 1,181
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 1,247
Best Colleges for Veterans 1,340
Best Colleges 1,580

Where Is Western New Mexico University?

Location of Western New Mexico University

Contact details for Western New Mexico University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1000 W. College Ave, Silver City, NM 88061
Phone: 505-538-6336

How Do I Get Into Western New Mexico University?

You can apply to Western New Mexico University online at:

Western New Mexico University 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 Western New Mexico University?

51% Take Out Loans
17.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Western New Mexico University is $13,178. 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 Western New Mexico University, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $6,552 a year. That adds up to $26,208 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Western New Mexico University is 17.8%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Western New Mexico University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,266 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
65% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,167 undergraduate students at Western New Mexico University, with 1,266 being full-time and 901 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Western New Mexico University

There are also 921 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,266 full-time undergraduates at Western New Mexico University, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Western New Mexico University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western New Mexico University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Western New Mexico University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 23
Black or African American 97
Hispanic or Latino 643
White 321
International Students 36
Other Races/Ethnicities 146

Geographic Diversity

New Mexico students aren't the only ones who study at Western New Mexico University. At this time, 12 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 19 countries are represented at Western New Mexico University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Mexico, United Kingdom, and France.

Online Learning at Western New Mexico University

1,221 Took All Classes Online
2,301 Took At Least One Class Online
8.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 16 bachelor’s degree and 4 master’s degree programs available online at Western New Mexico University. In 2017-2018, 2,301 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Western New Mexico University has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 6th most popular in New Mexico for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Western New Mexico University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western New Mexico University was 8.2%. This is the #1,438 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Western New Mexico University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Western New Mexico University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 12%
Business, Management & Marketing 8%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 2%
Education 11%
English Language & Literature 6%
General Business/Commerce 10%
General English Literature 6%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 2%
Mental & Social Health Services 50%
Special Education 43%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Western New Mexico University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Western New Mexico University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General English Literature #29
Human Services #29
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #33
Social Work #45
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #63
English Language & Literature #66
General Psychology #97
General Business/Commerce #105
Special Education #120
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #125
Public Administration & Social Service #131
Psychology #134
Teacher Education Grade Specific #166
Educational Administration #172
Criminal Justice & Corrections #236
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #268
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #280
Liberal Arts General Studies #280
Nursing #318
Education #404
Business Administration & Management #489

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%.

Western New Mexico University Majors

In 2017-2018, Western New Mexico University awarded 718 undergraduate degrees and 460 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 8 0 0
Botany/Plant Biology 0 1 0 0
Business Administration & Management 19 11 21 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 7 0 0
Chemistry 0 2 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 5 30 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 6 0 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 10 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 6 0 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 4 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 10 0 0
General Education 0 1 0 0
General English Literature 0 6 0 0
General Psychology 0 19 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 1 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 13 0 0
History 0 2 0 0
Human Services 3 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 17 0 0 0
Marketing 0 6 0 0
Mathematics 3 4 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 3 0 0
Nursing 0 28 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 18 40 0
Precision Metal Working 13 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 17 18 0 0
Social Work 0 36 129 0
Sociology 0 5 0 0
Special Education 0 0 7 0
Student Counseling 0 0 5 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 16 15 13 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 5 0
Wildlife Management 0 4 0 0
Zoology 0 2 0 0
Total 210 508 460 0


*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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