Northern New Mexico College

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Northern New Mexico College
Northern New Mexico Seal.png
Type Public College
Established 1909
Endowment Northern Foundation
President Dr. Richard J. Bailey
Provost Dr. Ivan Lopez Hurtado
Students 1,100 (2017)[citation needed]
Address 921 N. Paseo de Oñate, Española, New Mexico, 87532, United States
Campus El Rito, New Mexico
Española, New Mexico
Colors      Dark blue
Athletics National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Sports Varsity and intramural Basketball
Mascot Eagle

Northern New Mexico College is an American public college in Española, New Mexico.[1]


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.[2] 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. While the college was temporarily renamed to Northern New Mexico University on January 27, 2015,[3] this name change was short-lived due to the fact that the board of regents did not obtain approval to do so from the New Mexico Legislature.[4]


Undergraduate Degrees[edit]

Accreditation, demographics, etc.[edit]

Northern is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant associate's and bachelor's degrees.[1] Its student body is predominantly Hispanic (74%) and is 37% male and 63% female.[5] It is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.[6]


Española Campus, Administration Building on left.
  • 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.[1]
  • The El Rito campus is 25 miles (40 km) north of Española and is the older and smaller of the two.[2] It is the home of the El Rito Heritage Retreat Center[7] as well as Northern's Corporate Retreat Center.[8]


Tuition for New Mexico Residents is $130.00 per credit hour up to 11 credits, and 12-18 hours $1560.00. Non Residents pay $438.00 per credit hour up to 11 credit hours and 12-18 credits $5796.00. Senior Citizens (65+) of New Mexico are charged $5.00 per credit for 1-5 credit hours or $130.00 for 6-12 per credit. [9]


Fees for all Students are.[10]

  • Online Access Fee: $35 charged to all students who are taking more than 3 credits
  • Athletic Fee: $50 charged to all students who are taking more than 3 credits
  • Activity Fee: $3 per credit hour (more than 12 credit hours = $36)
  • Student Service Fee: $10 per credit hour (more than 12 credit hours = $120)
  • IT Fee: $20 per credit hour (more than 12 credit hours = $240)
  • Building and Equipment renewal fee: $10 per credit hour
  • Library student fee: $1.25 per credit hour
  • Security fee: $1.25 per credit hour

Other Fees Include [10]

  • Registration Fee (non-refundable; assessed each term): $25.00
  • Late Registration Fee (non-refundable; added to regular fee): $35.00
  • Payment Plan Fee: $25.00
  • Payment Plan Late Fee: $10.00
  • Graduation Fee: $100.00


Northern New Mexico's president is Dr. Richard J. Bailey, Jr., and the members of the Board of Regents, who are appointed by the governor of New Mexico, are:[11]

  • Rosario,Chayo,Garcia
  • Kevin Powers
  • Damian Martinez
  • Melinda deHerrera
  • vacancy

Associated Students of Northern New Mexico College[edit]

The Current President of ASNNMU is Ariadne Bito and the Vice President is Theodor Koetter.


Northern New Mexico teams, call 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 athletics department was launched in 2005. The Eagles began their first competitive men's and women's basketball seasons in 2009.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 36°00′13″N 106°05′03″W / 36.00361°N 106.08417°W / 36.00361; -106.08417