Western New Mexico University is a public university that is located on an 80-acre campus in Silver City, New Mexico. WNMU is located in a small, historic southwestern community with a relaxed atmosphere, which gives students the chance to learn about a diverse culture and population. Silver City’s great weather and scenic environment provides outdoor recreational opportunities. Western New Mexico University was first established in 1893, as the New Mexico Normal School. Throughout the decades, the university has continued to accommodate growth, expanding programs and constructing necessary facilities. Today, the four-year public university promotes a vision “as a leader among peer institutions as evidenced by measurable success in meeting the education, research and service needs” of students.
Western New Mexico University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Accredited programs at Western New Mexico University include business administration, education, economic development, early childhood development, nursing, social work and occupational therapy.
About 3,400 students are enrolled at Western New Mexico University and students have more than 70 areas of study options, including 18 associate’s degrees and certificate programs, 41 bachelor’s degrees and 12 master’s degrees. The most popular academic majors are in public administration and the social service professions, homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services, parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies, health professions, and business.The student-to-faculty ratio at WNMU is 13:1, and 70 percent of the classes have less than twenty students. Western New Mexico University maintains partnerships with other colleges and universities, and offers tuition waivers and easy transfer guidelines. Furthermore, several pre-professional programs exist as a result of partnerships with other New Mexico universities.
For added convenience and flexibility, Western New Mexico University supports a number of distance learning opportunities. Online classes and programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The online classroom environment is asynchronous, however student’s complete coursework within a set schedule that follows deadlines established by the instructor. Typical online coursework allows students to take part in discussions, post assignments and review feedback from faculty and peers. About 150 online courses are offered each semester, and range from lower level general education courses to graduate courses. Online degree programs include:
- MA Interdisciplinary Studies
- BAS Criminal Justice
- RN to BS Nursing
- BA Rehabilitation Services
- BAS Career & Tech Teacher Education
- MA Educational Leadership
- MAT Reading Program
The cost of attending Western New Mexico University for full-time undergraduate students enrolled in 12 - 18 credit hours of study is $4,723.20 per year for in-state students, and $12,762.72 per year for out-of-state students, not including added lab and course fees. Full-time graduate students enrolled in 12 - 18 credit hours of coursework pay tuition and fees of $4,987.68 annually for in-state students and $13,002.72 per year for out-of-state students, not including added lab and course fees.
For students needing financial assistance, Western New Mexico University supports scholarships, grants, loans and student employment programs. Grant programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, and the New Mexico State Student Incentive Grant. A number of private and foundational scholarships are also available for eligible students.
Students can participate in a number of extracurricular activities at Western New Mexico University. Student activities include Student Government, Campus Ministry, and social events sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs / Student Activities. Students can also join intramural athletic teams. Additionally, known as the Mustangs, Western New Mexico University competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, including men’s and women’s basketball, golf, tennis & cross country, and football, softball and volleyball.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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