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New Mexico Highlands University is a public, two-year university located in Las Vegas, NM. The student population is just under 2,800. Students have the option to live on or off campus. The school offers programs from one and two-year certificates all the way up to graduate degree programs.

Overview of New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU)

The school has campuses throughout New Mexico, including in Santa Fe and Albuquerque and enjoy warm days throughout much of the year. The school prides itself as being one of the most diverse universities in the country, as well as having a robust list of program options from business to social work.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 22%
Year Founded 1893

Student Enrollment

Total Students2,787


Undergraduate Student

Male 648
Female 1,130

Graduate Student

Male 384
Female 653

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NMHU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


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Application Fee $25
High School GPA NA
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College Prep Courses NA
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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline March 1
Common Application Accepted No

NMHU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost to attend New Mexico Highlands University as an in-state student is around $6,300 for tuition, and for those who choose to live on campus, the cost is closer to $19,600. For out-of-state students, the tuition cost is $10,600, and to live on campus the cost is estimated to be $23,800.

This can seem intimidating, but there’s another thing to consider: the net price. This is the cost that the student is expected to cover after financial aid has been applied. The average net price to attend New Mexico Highlands University is $10,617, though you may pay less or more depending on how much financial aid you are eligible for.

Ninety-three percent of students receive financial aid, the majority of which is grants and scholarships. One unique aspect about New Mexico Highlands is that a scholarship search is automatically run for each student, ensuring the student evaluates all possible avenues for scholarship money.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $10,617
Average Total Aid $7,532
Students Receiving Financial Aid 95%
Room & Board $8,126

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $6,318
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $10,590
  • Books and Supplies - $1,144
  • Room & Board - $8,126
  • Other - $3,968


The retention rate for students at New Mexico Highlands University is solid at 55%. This means that the majority of students who complete their first year at this university also come back for their second year of college. The graduation rate is a bit low at 22%, but the transfer rate is 42%, so there is a high likelihood that many of those students who transfer graduate from another university. In which case, the school obviously provides an educational foundation that prepares you to succeed.

The school has a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, so students have to opportunity to get to know both their instructors and fellow students without overwhelmingly large class sizes. These measurements are important because it helps a student get a better picture of what the student experience at the school will be. In this case, the class sizes are small, but there’s a chance that the students you attended with one year might not be the same the following year. These numbers are important to consider, especially for students who are seeking to forge long-lasting relationships with their fellow classmates.

Student Population Total

Student Population 2,787

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 180 Total Graduates / 37%
Clinical/Medical Social Work 112 Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 68 Graduates
All Education Majors 78 Total Graduates / 16%
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 28 Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 17 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 16 Graduates
Health Teacher education 12 Graduates
All Business Majors 68 Total Graduates / 14%
Business Administration and Management, General 68 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 32 Total Graduates / 7%
Psychology, General 32 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22 Total Graduates / 5%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 22 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 21%

Outcome & Salary

Out of the students who were enrolled in the 2011-2012 school year, 25% of those students graduated from New Mexico Highlands University. Forty-eight percent of incoming freshmen in 2011 transferred to other schools. The number of students who graduated was equal when it came to using financial aid, while with those who transferred to other schools, Pell grant use was higher for transfer students. As a student, this means you can expect to attend school with a small core of students throughout your time at NMHU, but there is also a chance that you might be prompted to switch schools at some point for personal reasons or because you are interested in shifting to a major not available at this campus. Many might see NMHU as a springboard to attending another school, especially those who live at home with their parents but plan to attend a larger school in another part of the country later in their academic career.

Graduates from NMHU earn an average early-career salary of $42,400, which is a bit lower than graduates from some other institutions. However, by their mid-career, their average income increases to $77,200, which is much better. On the other hand, those who earn a high school diploma or a GED will find that their average yearly income is only around $38,792.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $42,400
College Grads Average Salary $57,259
College Grads Mid Career Salary $77,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $572,590
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,344,590
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $42,468
10 Year Projected ROI $530,122
20 Year Projected ROI $1,302,122
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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