University of the Southwest

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University of the Southwest is a private inter-denominational four-year educational institution located in Hobbs, New Mexico. It was incorporated under its current name in 1962, although the college existed several years prior to that as a two-year Baptist institution.

The college offers baccalaureate degrees in education, business administration, sport management, criminal justice, psychology, and others. In addition, the college awards the master's degree in a variety of educational disciplines including business, counseling, special education, and bilingual education.

In March 2008 school's Board of Trustees voted to change the official name of the college from College of the Southwest to "University of the Southwest" to better convey what the college has become and where the trustees see it going.[1] The change will be implemented in phases over the coming year.

Student life[edit]

The college offers on-campus housing with a capacity of about 250. The housing infrastructure includes two 96-bed dormitory-style housing buildings, one 192 bed dormitory, and several student apartments. Most of the students who live on campus are freshmen from out-of-state, and international students.[citation needed]


USW teams, nicknamed athletically as the Mustangs, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.


University of the Southwest was ranked #13 for Regional Colleges (West) by US News [2]


USW has an active student body, which hosts and participates in a variety of activities and functions. Spring Fest and Fall Fest bring the students, faculty, staff, and community together to enjoy a time of fellowship and camaraderie.

Another event hosted by the college is the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series. This series brings in prominent, influential men and women from all areas of life to give an informative and inspirational lecture. A notable aspect of the series is that it is completely free of charge regardless of who the speaker is. Some of the individuals the college has welcomed include:


  1. ^ University of the Southwest | Name change
  2. ^ US New Rankings.

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Coordinates: 32°46′28″N 103°11′17″W / 32.77444°N 103.18806°W / 32.77444; -103.18806