New Mexico Highlands University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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New Mexico Highlands University Admissions Overview:

New Mexico Highlands University has open admissions--this means that all interested applicants with a high school degree (or equivalent) have the opportunity to study at the school. Students will still need to submit an application, along with high school transcripts, and optional SAT or ACT scores. For complete instructions, and to fill out the application form, visit NMHU's website, or call the admissions office for assistance.  

Admissions Data (2016):

New Mexico Highlands University Description:

New Mexico Highlands University is a four-year, public university in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Sante Fe is about an hour to the west. The university opened in 1898 and now supports roughly 4,000 students with a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio. NMHU offers a range of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs across the School of Education, School of Social Work, School of Business, Media, and Technology, and College of Arts and Sciences. The university also has a selective honors program for high-achieving students, as well as classes that can be taken online. Students have no trouble staying busy outside of the classroom, for NMHU has a long list of student clubs and organizations including the NMHU Zoo Crew (a DJ club), a Twirling Club, and the NMHU Disc Golf Club. The university also offers numerous intramural sports. On the intercollegiate front, the NMHU Cowboys and Cowgirls compete in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) with sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, and rodeo.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,322 (2,125 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 69% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $5,550 (in-state); $8,650 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,235
  • Other Expenses: $3,912
  • Total Cost: $17,797 (in-state); $20,897 (out-of-state)

New Mexico Highlands University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 36%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,275
    • Loans: $4,990

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Psychology, Social Work

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 53%
  • Transfer Out Rate: - %
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 10%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 22%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Cross Country, Wrestling, Football, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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