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University of New Mexico

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Description of University of New Mexico

  • Year of foundation: 1889
  • Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Age of students: from 18 years.
  • Number of students: 26,278
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: public university.

Founded in 1889 as New Mexico's leading institution, the University of New Mexico today occupies nearly 800 acres near the old Highway 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. Albuquerque is a mixture of cultures, cuisines, styles, stories, people, hobbies, panoramas – from the majestic mountains in the west, past the shores of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains in the east.

The University of New Mexico offers a unique campus environment with an architectural theme of the Pueblo Renaissance: the appearance of the campus echoes nearby Indian villages. A nationally recognized campus arboretum, a popular duck pond provides a beautiful botanical experience in the middle of one of New Mexico's largest public open spaces.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in University of New Mexico

Program name
All year round
from 25956.00 $ / year
from 25956.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
from 26636.00 $ / year
from 26636.00 $ / year
There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

University of New Mexico dormitories offer three different styles in the dormitory: traditional, suite, apartment. Common rooms are designed for co-education, all rooms, suites and apartments are distributed among same-sex residents.

The traditional UNM dormitory forms a strong sense of community, has a unique floor layout, a friendly atmosphere that makes it easy to make new friends, create study groups to participate in fun activities. The suites are located in Laguna, DeVargas Suites (LDV), recently renovated buildings. Each suite consists of a combination of 1-2-bed rooms with shared bathrooms, seating up to six people, offering a little more privacy than traditional rooms, while maintaining the feeling of a large community.  The buildings have large common areas with a fully equipped kitchen, laundry room where you can meet friends, cook food, wash clothes at the same time.

The apartments offer fully furnished single rooms with equipped kitchen, dining room, living room.

  • Cable
  • Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Round-the-clock support service
  • Fully furnished rooms
  • Free laundry
  • 24-hour computer class.

Cost of accommodation:

  • Traditional rooms – from 505$/month.
  • Suites – from 540$/month.
  • Apartments – from 700$/month.

Activities University of New Mexico

Chartered Student Organizations are groups officially recognized by the University of New Mexico. These student organizations provide an opportunity for growth, leadership in a student-centered environment supported by the University.

  • Volunteer or apply for a position in the Student Government. ASUNM for students or GPSA for graduates.
  • Join one of UNM's 400+ student organizations.
  • If you live in dorms, you have plenty of great activities and opportunities. Do you like sports or travel? Participate in face-to-face classes, adventure trips, fitness classes, join the Choir of the New Mexico Spirit Marching Band, take part in the performance, make films.
  • Club sports program attracts students to engage in various sports, entertainment activities.


  • The University of New Mexico is among the top 2% of universities in the world (Center for World University Rankings).
  • It ranks 19th in the country for ethnic diversity (US News and World Report).
  • It is one of 131 research universities, the only one in New Mexico is classified as a university with the highest level of research activity.
  • It is one of the top 100 research and development organizations in the U.S. with spending of about $240 million a year (National Science Council).
  • Scholarships are allocated for residents and non-residents of the state of New Mexico in the amount of more than $ 70 million.
  • The university has branches in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, as well as an additional UNM Health Sciences campus in Rio Rancho.
  • UNM offers undergraduate and graduate programs across the state through advanced eduaction, has educational centers located in four campus branches, and in Santa Fe, Farmington, Kirtland Air Force Base.
  • UNM is a place where cutting-edge research and creative endeavors flourish. UNM research brings millions of dollars to the New Mexico economy, funds new advances in healthcare, expands learning opportunities, giving students valuable hands-on education in modern laboratories.
  • The Center for Medical Sciences is the state's largest integrated medical organization dedicated to treatment, research, and education. The 2018 edition of the US News and World Report, "America's Top High Schools," ranked the university's medical school 20th in primary care and 72nd in research, with UNM Law School ranked 88th and 14th in clinical education. UNM's College of Fine Arts ranks 48th and its photography program fifth in the country. The engineering program ranks 83rd, electrical engineering ranks 75th, and chemical engineering ranks 72nd.
  • UNM is one of just a dozen Latin American educational institutions in the United States that are classified by the Carnegie Commission for Higher Education as R1: doctoral universities with very high research activity.
  • Prominent research units of the university include the Center for Advanced Computer Research, the Cancer Center, the New Mexico Institute for Engineering Research, the Center for High-Tech Materials, the Center for Design Planning Assistance, the Innovation Academy, and the Intellectual Research Network.

Facilities and equipment at University of New Mexico

Libraries, museums, galleries, halls for performances are rich cultural resources of the educational institution. The University Arena, or "Pit" is one of the most famous, recognizable buildings of college basketball. In fact, The Pit ranked 5th by travel channel as one of the best places for basketball in college.

The professional staff and student leaders of the Outdoor Adventure Center strive to make recreation accessible to all UNM students, staff, and faculty. The university offers a diverse range of opportunities for recreation, learning in the fresh air, creates a safe, supportive environment in which participants can come together to learn about nature, themselves, create a stronger community.

Johnson Center offers a full-size Olympic pool, a 6-lane pool of 25 yards, and a therapeutic pool. These facilities are suitable for a variety of activities, including swimming on paths, circles, water fitness.

University libraries:

  1. Centennial Scientific and Technical Library
  2. Library of Fine Arts, Design
  3. Zimmerman Library
  4. Center for SouthwestErn Studies, Special Collections.

Admission dates and extra charges

Additional costs:

  • Room and meals – 10 396$/year.
  • Additional fee – 714$/year.
  • Books and consumables – 1194$/year.
  • Transport – 1 994$/year.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Requirements for applicants for bachelor's degree:

  • Freshmen can start their studies in the summer, fall or spring after graduating from high school. While most students apply for admission to the fall semester (courses begin in August), some enrolled students will need to start their studies in the summer after graduating from high school.
  • Application form – submit the application before the priority review date, use the online application for a faster response.
  • The application fee is $25.

Requirements for admission to the magistracy:

  • Statement of Intent – must include areas of interest, previous courses you have attended in recent years to prepare for the study program
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current GRE points are not older than 3 years at the time of application, and for international students - current TOEFL or IELTS points
  • CV (curriculum vitae or resume, including current contact information)
  • Extracts from each higher education institution that the applicant attended.

Requirements for knowledge of English:

  • Internet-based TOEFL – 79
  • IELTS – 6.5
  • Pearson Test in English – 53
  • Cambridge CAE or CPE – C.

Scholarships University of New Mexico

The right to receive a scholarship is granted to students who meet the following requirements:

  • Be a regular student at UNM's main campus
  • Have a total of at least 12 UNM main campus program credits received by the end of the fall semester.
  • Have a high cumulative GPA.
  • Register, earn 12 credits each semester on the main UNM campus in the upcoming academic year.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

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