See what students say:


Offering a “solid education” in a beautiful setting, the University of New Mexico offers “academic excellence…through some of the best teachers and tough classes.” Students also cited affordability and excellent scholarships awarded to both in-state and out-of-state applicants as a decisive factor in attending UNM. The affordability also extends to “amazing opportunities to travel abroad.” At UNM, “there is something here for everyone.” The education program and variety of science programs—including Earth and planetary sciences, biology, and the premed and nursing programs—also attract students. Some students express frustration with it at times being “difficult to work your way around the student services system,” but the “very knowledgeable” teaching faculty are roundly praised as “teachers who care.” UNM students also agree that “professors are helpful [and] genuinely interested in your personal success.” Professors are approachable both in class and out and “talk to and with you and not just at you.” “It’s very easy to come to instructors outside of class with questions,” and “most professors are willing to meet with you at your convenience.” As for UNM’s greatest strengths, students cite both the “research-oriented staff“ and “the research opportunities available. Oftentimes the research can be done with topof-the-line equipment” nearby at Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Labs, and other well-known research institutes. In UNM’s collaborative environment, students also often work together and “are eager to form study groups.” Also, students who need additional help can rely on academic support with “tutoring, study groups, and supplemental instruction for most courses.”

Student Body

Time and time again, students select UNM’s “diversity” as its greatest strength, and one student even stated “no one will ever feel ethnically alone since there are so many different kinds of people.” This also means at UNM, “people never get boring,” and “you meet someone different every day.” In addition to the diversity, the prevailing atmosphere is a friendly one where “people get along regardless of origin,” but “like any school there are cliques…but that does not mean they do not interact with each other.” One student reserved special praise for the university, “UNM is sensitive and very engaged with its diverse population of students…concerned with facilitating in-depth inquiry and learning,” and more than one student observed that at UNM, “everyone brings something to the table.”

Campus Life

With “ways for everyone to get involved,” UNM offers “hundreds of great student organizations” providing “opportunities for fun events.” There is a student group “that will fit everyone,” and at UNM, “everyone seems to find their niche.” Offering another opportunity to become more involved on campus, the Greek community “makes up a lot of the senate and other extracurricular activities” and “with them, any activity has fun attached.” UNM students are divided in their support of the school’s athletics program. With some thinking “this school should concentrate less on sports and more on academics,” other students feel “attending games is a must.” Students enjoy spending time at the Student Union Building (SUB), because “there is always something going on.” Even with a dry campus, “a lot of people drink, just like at any college.” Students often leave campus for Albuquerque and its “excellent nightlife.” UNM students also mention attending concerts and art shows for fun. Students also go to the weekly free movies at The Cellar, and to stay active, students frequent the Johnson Gym. Students say that “hanging out at the duck pond is a great way to pass time between classes in warmer months,” and “during the winter season, there are numerous ski resorts and places to go snowboarding that are not far away.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

1155 University Blvd SE
MCS11 6325
Albuquerque, NM 87106



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
SUB (Student Union Building)
Duck Pond
Zimmerman Library
Popejoy Hall - Performing Arts Center
Residency Halls
Maxwell Museum, Trolley Tour of Campus for new and prospective students

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Route 66
Old Town
Sandia/ Santa Fe/ Taos Ski areas
Nob Hill
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8 am to 5 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions office or Athletics Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Department

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Buses/Taxis Albuquerque International Sunport RailRunner (light rail) with free shuttle bus to campus, city bus

Driving Instructions to Campus
From airport, take the Yale Blvd exit. Head north on Yale about 4 miles to Central Ave. The campus is located on the north side of Central.


Applicants: 13,590
Acceptance Rate: 78%
Average HS GPA: 3.40



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