New Mexico Highlands University

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New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico Highlands University seal.svg
MottoArtes, Scientiae, Humanitates
TypePublic university
Academic affiliations
PresidentSam Minner
Location, ,
United States
ColorsPurple and White[2]
NicknameCowboys and Cowgirls
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIRocky Mountain
New Mexico Highlands University logo.svg

New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) is a public university in Las Vegas, New Mexico.


Ivan Hilton Science Center

The university was first established as New Mexico Normal School in 1893, with the prominent archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett serving as its first president. The institution became New Mexico Normal University in 1902, and then New Mexico Highlands University in 1941, as it expanded its role beyond teacher education. Today, NMHU offers graduate and undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, education, and social work.

Located in Las Vegas, a city with a population of over 13,000, Highlands' main campus is close to recreational and wilderness areas and is within an hour's drive of Santa Fe and two hours from Albuquerque.

The majority of the school's approximately 3,765 students are from New Mexico and are Latino. Highlands' programs focus on its multiethnic student body, especially the Latino and American Indian cultures distinctive of New Mexico.


NMHU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and also has specialty accreditations for many programs. The School of Education received full accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in 2012. The School of Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).[3] The Department of Forestry is accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF).


Rodgers Hall, Administration Offices of NMHU

Undergraduate and graduate degrees[edit]

  • College of Arts and Sciences[4]
  • School of Business[5]
  • School of Education[6]
  • Facundo Valdez School of Social Work[7]

Student life[edit]

There are over 50 student organizations at NMHU.


NMHU's athletic teams are nicknamed the Cowboys / Cowgirls, and compete in the NCAA's Division II's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Ten varsity athletics programs are offered, including women's soccer, cross-country, track, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, wrestling, baseball, Softball and college football.

Statewide centers[edit]

Donnelly Library

In the 1997–98 academic year, New Mexico Highlands University established an extended learning center in Rio Rancho and began offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses in business, accounting, education, and social work. The center has continued with classes in those areas and has added studies in criminal justice, public affairs administration, computer science and general and school counseling.

There are also many other centers, including in Santa Fe, Farmington, and, Rio Rancho.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Enrollment" (PDF).
  2. ^ New Mexico Highlands University Graphic, Style & Web Guide (PDF). Retrieved 2017-05-21.
  3. ^ "Annual Report 2010 | Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council". Archived from the original on 2012-05-07.
  4. ^ "College of Arts and Sciences".
  5. ^ "School of Business".
  6. ^ "School of Education".
  7. ^ "Facundo Valdez School of Social Work".
  8. ^ "Mark Cotney". Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  9. ^ "Reggie Garrett". Archived from the original on February 11, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "Keith Jardine MMA Bio". Sherdog. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  11. ^ "Keith Jardine UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°35′46″N 105°13′15″W / 35.59611°N 105.22083°W / 35.59611; -105.22083