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University of New Mexico: Narrative Description


Albuquerque, NM 87131-2039
Tel: (505)277-0111
Admissions: (505)277-2446
Fax: (505)277-6686
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1889. Setting: 875-acre urban campus with easy access to Albuquerque. Endowment: $222.4 million. Research spending 2003-04: $149.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8522 per student. Total enrollment: 25,686. Faculty: 1,400 (874 full-time, 526 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 6,838 applied, 76% were admitted. 18% from top 10% of their high school class, 65% from top quarter, 81% from top half. Full-time: 14,130 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 3,802 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 56 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 7% Native American, 34% Hispanic, 3% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 24% 25 or older, 11% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 73% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange, Western Undergraduate Exchange, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, International Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.25 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, SAT and SAT Subject Tests or ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 6/15. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Area resident tuition: $155.75 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $3738 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,500 full-time. Mandatory fees: $626 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $6180. College room only: $3580. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 4% of eligible men and 2% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Associated Students of UNM, Graduate and Professional Students Association, Golden Key National Honor Society. Major annual events: Spring Fiestas, Welcome Back Days, Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,245 college housing spaces available; 2,104 were occupied in 2003-04. Option: coed housing available. The University of New Mexico General Library plus 7 others with 2.7 million books, 3.8 million microform titles, 592,243 serials, 58,405 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $15.7 million. 446 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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