School Spotlight: University of New Mexico

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM

What is a lobo, you ask? It’s the Spanish word for “wolf,” and since 1920, it has also served as the official nickname for the University of New Mexico. As a Hispanic-serving institution (over 45 percent of undergrads identify as such), UNM welcomes students from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds. 34 percent of students are Caucasian while 6 percent identify as American Indians. Over 19,600 undergraduates are enrolled on the main Albuquerque campus, many of whom are attracted to the University’s stellar science and engineering programs. In addition to offering the only nuclear engineering program in the state, UNM also features majors in astrophysics, earth & planetary sciences, and medical laboratory sciences. Students interested in pursuing undergraduate research will have plenty of opportunities on campus, including the McNair Program, the Research Opportunity Program, and Maximizing Access to Research Careers – all of which are specially designated for students from minority backgrounds. Fun fact: Not a NM resident? The University provides great financial incentives for you to apply. Students with top GPAs (3.9+) and strong ACT scores (31+) can apply for scholarships worth over $33,000 per year.

Image Credit: Top, Photo Courtesy of University of New Mexico


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.