Northern New Mexico College
|Northern New Mexico College|
|Location||Española, New Mexico, USA|
Northern New Mexico College was founded in El Rito, New Mexico in 1909 as the Spanish American Normal School with the original mission of providing teacher training for the area's Spanish speakers. In 1977 the college became Northern New Mexico Community College, the state's first designated community college, and in 2005, it became Northern New Mexico College with the power to grant bachelor's degrees. The main campus is now in Española; the El Rito campus still operates.
Undergraduate Degrees 
- College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Community, Workforce, Technical Education
- College of Education
- College of Nursing and Health Sciences
- College of Professional Studies
Accreditation, demographics, etc. 
Northern is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to grant associate's and bachelor's degrees. Its student body is predominantly Hispanic (74%) and is 37% male and 63% female. It is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
- The primary campus, in Española, consists of a 200-acre (810,000 m2) tract extending from U.S. Highway 84/285 to the banks of the Rio Grande. It is approximately 25 miles (40 km) north of Santa Fe.
- The El Rito campus is 25 miles (40 km) north of Española and is the older and smaller of the two. It is the home of the El Rito Heritage Retreat Center as well as Northern's Corporate Retreat Center.
Tuition per year for in-state students is around $1,300; for out-of-state students it is $5,700. In 2007, it was the cheapest four-year college in the U.S.
Northern New Mexico's president is Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló, and the members of the Board of Regents, who are appointed by the governor of New Mexico, are:
- Michael Branch
- Feliberto Martinez
- Cecille Martinez
- Alfred J. Herrera
- Rosario Garcia
Northern New Mexico (NNMC) teams, nicknamed athletically as the Eagles, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country and golf; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country and golf.
The NNMC athletics department was launched in 2005. The Eagles began their first competitive men's and women's basketball seasons in 2009. NNMC will become a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II in the next few years.
- NNMC website About Northern
- El Rito Campus overview
- Northern Fact Sheet
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities membership directory
- El Rito Heritage Retreat Centerl
- NNMC Corporate Retreat Center
- Governor of New Mexico website: New Mexico Boards and Commissions: NNMC Board of Regents