New Mexico Highlands University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 9000
Las Vegas, NM 87701
Tel: (505)454-3000; 800-338-6648; Admissions: (505)454-3424; Fax: (505)454-3311; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1893. Setting: 120-acre small town campus. Endowment: $1.4 million. Research spending 2002-03: $2.6 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $4851 per student. Total enrollment: 3,960. Faculty: 241 (116 full-time, 125 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 880 applied, 100% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 17% from top quarter, 44% from top half. Full-time: 1,386 students, 54% women, 46% men. Part-time: 717 students, 70% women, 30% men. Students come from 15 states and territories, 4 other countries, 6% from out-of-state, 8% Native American, 57% Hispanic, 4% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 42% 25 or older, 5% transferred in. Retention: 57% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; education; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at San Juan Community College, Santa Fe Community College, Northern New Mexico Community College.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: 2 recommendations, interview. Placement: ACT required. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $15. State resident tuition: $2184 full-time, $91 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $9096 full-time, $379 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $45 full-time. College room and board: $4085. College room only: $1973.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all. Most popular organizations: BESO Club, Activities Board, Campus Crusade, AISES, Cowboy Cheerleaders. Major annual events: Homecoming activities, Performing Arts Series, Welcome Back Weeks. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 474 college housing spaces available; 238 were occupied in 2002-03. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Donnelly Library with 429,533 books, 170,408 microform titles, 850 serials, 807 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.3 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Las Vegas has grown considerably since its days as a Mormon outpost on the Santa Fe Trail. The city is in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and produces lumber, dairy and wool products. The area has a stimulating, dry climate with winters that are bracing but sunny. Recreational facilities nearby include hunting, fishing and skiing. Some part-time employment is available for students.

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