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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?

423 Undergraduate Awards
$23,581 Avg Cost After Aid
  • The highest award offered at Western New Mexico University is the master's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 43% of the faculty were full-time.

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Western New Mexico University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Western New Mexico University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Online Social Work Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online General English Literature Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Online English Language & Literature Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Online Public Administration & Social Service Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

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
Website: www.wnmu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WesternNewMexicoUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WNMU

How Do I Get Into Western New Mexico University?

You can apply to Western New Mexico University online at: www.wnmu.edu/applynow/

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?

$23,581 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
17.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Western New Mexico University is $23,581. 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

1,189 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,245 undergraduate students at Western New Mexico University, with 1,189 being full-time and 1,056 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,003 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,189 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 16
Black or African American 98
Hispanic or Latino 612
White 284
International Students 35
Other Races/Ethnicities 144

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.

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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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Social Work 0 0 0 36 35 129 200
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 18 0 40 58
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 16 2 15 7 13 53
Business Administration & Management 0 19 0 11 0 21 51
Precision Metal Working 18 13 19 0 0 0 50
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 5 11 30 2 0 48
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 17 0 18 0 0 35
Nursing 0 0 0 28 0 0 28
General Psychology 0 0 0 19 2 0 21
Electronics Engineering Technology 8 6 6 0 0 0 20
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 17 0 0 0 0 17
General English Literature 0 0 0 6 10 0 16
Special Education 0 0 0 0 7 7 14
Health & Physical Education 0 0 0 13 0 0 13
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 1 10 11
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 10 0 0 10
Accounting 0 0 0 8 0 0 8
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Mathematics 0 3 0 4 0 0 7
Marketing 0 0 0 6 0 0 6
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 3 3 0 6
Design & Applied Arts 0 6 0 0 0 0 6
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 5 5
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0 5 5
Sociology 0 0 0 5 0 0 5
Wildlife Management 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
History 0 0 0 2 1 0 3
Human Services 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
Zoology 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Chemistry 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Education 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
General Biology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 26 105 38 254 70 230 723

References

*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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