Resources › For Students and Parents Western New Mexico University Admissions Costs, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Graduation Rates & More Share Flipboard Email Print Western New Mexico University. Wnmunews / Wikimedia Commons For Students and Parents College Admissions College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated July 03, 2019 Western New Mexico University Description: Established in 1893, Western New Mexico University has a rich history and numerous registered historic buildings. The 83-acre main campus is located in Silver City, New Mexico. The downtown features a range of art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. The nearest larger city is El Paso, roughly two-and-a-half hours to the southeast. Albuquerque and Phoenix are each over a four-hour drive. Outdoor lovers will love WNMU's location. The town is surrounded by Gila National Forest, a 3.3 million acre area with plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. Western New Mexico University has a diverse student body--half of students are Hispanic, and the school has an official designation as an Hispanic Serving Institution. Students can choose from over 70 fields of study including some online options. Business and social science fields are among the most popular. Academics are supported by a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 18. The university gets high marks for its value, and a student's tuition rate is guaranteed for four years. Student life is active, and WNMU has intramural sports and a long list of student clubs and organizations including a Craft Club, Improv Troupe, and WNMU Roller Derby. On the intercollegiate athletic front, the WNMU Mustangs compete in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference with sports like men’s and women’s golf, cross country, and tennis. The university fields five men's and six women's varsity sports. Admissions Data (2016): Western New Mexico University Acceptance Rate: -Western New Mexico University has open admissionsTest Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: - / -SAT Math: - / -SAT Writing: - / -What's a good SAT score?ACT Composite: - / -ACT English: - / -ACT Math: - / -What's a good ACT score? Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 3,427 (2,491 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female53% Full-time Costs (2016 - 17): Tuition and Fees: $5,906 (in-state); $13,806 (out-of-state)Books: $1,466 (why so much?)Room and Board: $8,936Other Expenses: $5,080Total Cost: $21,388 (in-state); $29,288 (out-of-state) Western New Mexico University Financial Aid (2015 - 16): Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 93%Loans: 52%Average Amount of AidGrants: $8,929Loans: $6,734 Academic Programs: Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies, Kinesiology, Psychology, Social Work Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates: First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 50%4-Year Graduation Rate: 9%6-Year Graduation Rate: 20% Intercollegiate Athletic Programs: Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross CountryWomen's Sports: Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Softball, Golf, Basketball Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics If You Like Western New Mexico University, You May Also Like These Schools: University of New MexicoNew Mexico State UniversityEastern New Mexico UniversityNew Mexico Highlands UniversityNew Mexico TechArizona State UniversityNorthern Arizona UniversityUniversity of ArizonaUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsColorado State University Western New Mexico University Mission Statement: mission statement from http://www.wnmu.edu/admin/president/missionvision.shtml "WNMU engages and empowers learners in a multicultural, inclusive, creative, and caring community of teaching, scholarship/research, and service."