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University of the Southwest Online

B. Clarence Evans established the Hobbs Baptist College in Hobbs, N.M. as a two-year junior college in 1956. The school became Hobbs Baptist College, a four-year college, in 1958, and the College of the Southwest in 1962. The Board of Trustees changed the name to the University of the Southwest in 2008. The institution, as stated by its mission statement, “is a Christ-centered educational community dedicated to developing men and women for a lifetime of servant leadership by emphasizing individual faith, responsibility, and initiative.” U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” list ranks the University of the Southwest No. 13 in the “Regional Colleges (West)” category and No. 10 in the “Best Value Schools” category.

Programs Offered

The University of the Southwest administers 35 undergraduate degree programs from the schools of arts and science, business, and education, and online baccalaureate programs in business administration, criminal justice, and psychology. The school of arts and sciences offers degrees in biological sciences, Christian studies, criminal justice, English, general studies, history, psychology, and social science. The business school includes programs in accounting, e-commerce, energy management, finance, global business management, management, marketing, and sports management. The education department provides baccalaureate degrees in elementary education, secondary education, physical education, and special education. The University offers two online master’s programs, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education, with 10 concentrations. The business school also offers a fast-track option that allows students with an accredited associate degree to earn a baccalaureate degree in 18 months and a master’s degree in business administration in two years.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited the University of the Southwest since January 1980.


The University of the Southwest requires potential students to meet two of the three listed requirements: submit official SAT scores of 910 or above or ACT scores of 19 or above, submit records of graduating in the top 50% of the high school class, and/or of attaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must submit all school transcripts from previously attended institutions and a $25 application fee. Applicants to the Master of Business Administration or the Master of Science in Education programs at the University of the Southwest are required to submit a graduate school application, transcripts from all previously attended institutions, and a $50 graduate application fee. Applications are accepted on rolling admission.

Admissions Contact

University of the Southwest
Enrollment Services Office
6610 North Lovington Highway
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240

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