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New Mexico Highlands University

New Mexico Highlands University is a public four-year institution located in Las Vegas, N.M. The school was originally established as New Mexico Normal School in 1893, but became known as New Mexico Highlands University in 1941. Today, the school serves approximately 3,800 students. Additional branch campuses are located in Santa Fe, Espanola, Farmington, Taos, Rio Rancho, and Raton. NMHU also provides a variety of e-courses for adult learners and non-traditional students looking for added flexibility.

Programs Offered

New Mexico Highlands University provides students with a variety of associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. Available areas of study include, but are not limited to, anthropology, business administration, computer science, education, English, health, information systems, nursing, psychology, social work, and sports management. Students interested in online learning can take classes in accounting, biology, business, education, mathematics, management, music, psychology, social work, and women’s studies, to name a few. These courses are delivered through the school’s virtual learning platform, Desire2Learn, accessible at any time, from any location. This flexibility is ideal for working adults and those trying to balance their studies with family responsibilities.


New Mexico Highlands University was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools from 1926 to 1932. It was then reaccredited in 1937. The university has also earned specialized accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


Students interested in enrolling at New Mexico Highlands University can apply online. There is a $15 application fee, but the institution has an open admissions policy. Students must also request official high school or GED transcripts and ACT or SAT score reports to be sent to the school’s admissions office. These should be in their original and certified form. Students must also verify their residency if they are hoping to qualify for in-state tuition.

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