Campus Visit

University of New Mexico

This month, we’re making our first visit to a school in the great American Southwest. We’re super excited to explore New Mexico’s flagship institution! Join us as we stroll into the heart of Albuquerque, where Pueblo Revival architecture is king and the beautiful Sandia Mountains are the perfect backdrop for a world-class education.

Get your kicks on Route 66

“Well if you ever plan to motor west;
Just take my way, it's the highway, that's the best;
Get your kicks on Route 66…”

No doubt about it. In song and in life, Route 66 is the stuff of the American imagination — long expanses of highway, winding through roads lined with cactus and tumbleweed. The University of New Mexico (UNM) occupies nearly 800 acres near the legendary road near Albuquerque, a city that’s now home to more than half a million people.

A proud Hispanic-Serving Institution

UNM boasts a diverse cross-section of cultures and backgrounds, with nearly 35,000 students attending its main and branch campuses and 27,000 employees helping them succeed. Listed as one of America’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), UNM is also home to 1,500 international students.

We’re a community of unique perspectives embracing divergence — unafraid to let our colors run and blend — letting the very things that divide us become the things that connect us to each other. What makes us different makes us strong — and a force to be reckoned with.

University of New Mexico


National ranking of UNM’s Rural Medicine program


National ranking of UNM’s Nursing/Midwifery program


National ranking of UNM’s “The Pit”: one of the nation’s best arenas to watch college basketball


Number of museums
and galleries on campus


National ranking of UNM’s School of Law Clinical Training

55.3% / 44.7%

UNM’s split of female/male students


Number of degree and certificate programs available at UNM


The year UNM was founded

Go Lobos!

UNM hosts 22 varsity sports and participates in the NCAA Division I of the Mountain West Conference. UNM’s team name, Lobos, dates back to 1920 (that’s “wolf” in Spanish). You’ll see UNM’s mascots — two “wolves” named Louie and Lucy — at every sporting event!


What we love about UNM

Pueblo Revival architecture all over campus! This style is grounded in the Native American and Spanish history of the American Southwest, drawing inspiration from the Spanish missions and Pueblos of New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. Pueblo Revival style is characterized by heavy use of traditional adobe construction, with rounded corners, thick walls, and prominent stucco earth tones. Wooden beams or “vigas” typically protrude from flat roofs.

UNM was “ground zero” for the Pueblo Revival movement, where university president William Tight adopted this colorful style for many campus buildings. Now, Pueblo Revival can be seen all over Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and throughout the state and region.

Political science at UNM

UNM’s nationally ranked Political Science department is especially strong when it comes to the politics of underrepresented and underserved groups. This highly praised program currently comprises a diverse group of 16 full-time faculty members, two staff members, and 35 graduate assistants.

Political science students at UNM take advantage of real-world opportunities through internships in Washington, D.C. and the New Mexico State Legislative Internship in Santa Fe. Program graduates have been hired by prestigious institutions including Duke, Cal State Fresno, Marquette, and many more.

Degrees Digital Magazine | Issue 9


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