New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University


Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, New Mexico Highlands is the right place for you. We consistently rate #1 in New Mexico for student satisfaction because of our attention to our highest priority: you. Our commitment to your success means we hire the best professors who care about your goals while making sure our tuition is one of the most affordable in the United States.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Scholarship & Financial Aid Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid at New Mexico Highlands is here to help students find ways to fund their college education through scholarships, work-study, grants and loans. Applying for financial aid is not a complicated process, but it does take time. So contact our office as soon as possible, so we can help you achieve your goals. Learn more about Financial Aid

Scholars & Leadership Honors Program

The Honors Program at Highlands combines studies in the arts and humanities with those in the social and natural sciences. In the final course, students design a semester-long research or creative project of professional quality related to their major field of study. Learn more about Honors Program

Academic Advising & Support Peer Advisers

Through the Peer Advisers program, students can get help from other students who know firsthand what it takes to succeed in college. Student advisers assist other students with academics, adjusting to college life and other areas. Learn more about Peer Advisers

Academic Advising & Support ARMAS in Education

The ARMAS in Education center provides comprehensive support to science, technology, engineering and math students as they work toward their academic and professional goals. Our staff strives to create a caring community for our students and to empower them to realize their full potential through emphasis on critical thinking, teamwork, communication, effective study habits and setting and achieving goals.

Student Diversity

  • 1,821
  • 41/59
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • 7%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 52%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 24%
  • 2%
    Two or more races
  • 3%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%

Student Success

  • 52%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 18%
    Six-year graduation
  • 18%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 70%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 28%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 134
    Full-time faculty
  • 56
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Education, Social Work, Business, Social Sciences, Media Arts

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    B.L.A.Q.U.E.-The African-American Student Association, Hu-Asian, Ladies of Dynasty, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), Native American Club, NMHU International Club , Pacific Islanders Club, Women for a Change, Women’s Studies and Programs Club


Cost of Attendance

  • $7,052
  • $3,952
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,449
    Required Fees
  • $7,154
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $8,489,765
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $1,832
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • n/a
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 76%
    Students with financial need
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 81%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 10%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,981
    # of applicants
  • 100%
  • 2.90
    Average HS GPA
  • 17
    ACT Composite
  • 360—490
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 360—410
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $15
    Application Fee
  • $15
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date