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Western New Mexico University

Western New Mexico University, also referred to as WNMU, is located in Silver City, New Mexico, United States. It was founded in the year 1893 and known as the New Mexico Normal School. Classes started in 1894. Students of WNMU are offered degrees in different Course Topics including applied technology, nursing, natural sciences, and social sciences. The university's academic divisions are:

  • School of Business Administration and Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Western New Mexico University's athletic teams are known as the Mustangs. The women's teams participate in cross country, basketball, softball, tennis, golf, and volleyball. The men's teams compete in cross country, basketball, golf, tennis, and football.

Profile of Western New Mexico University

The campus of Western New Mexico University is in Silver City, NM, which is a self-contained town. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Western New Mexico University include, at the school's highest level, the Master's degree.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from the school is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Western New Mexico University is known for its programs in education and teaching, security and law enforcement, and mechanics and repair.

Western New Mexico University Selectivity

Its open admissions system makes the school an attractive choice for many applicants. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Western New Mexico University had 2, 697 students enrolled (1, 934 full-time equivalent). The school has a large minority student population. A large number of students at Western New Mexico University are 40 years old or older.

Student Life

The school offers students meal plans. Western New Mexico University values student athletics, and belongs to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Western New Mexico University Tuition and Affordability

The school is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

Western New Mexico University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching143elementary school teaching, school Counselling, secondary teaching, special ed, kindergarten/preschool teaching, educational administration, education, technical teaching, . . .
Business and Management48business management, accounting, operations management, MIS, electronic commerce, banking
Liberal Arts46general studies, interdisciplinary studies, English, history, Spanish language, sociology, social services
Security and Law Enforcement29criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Nursing and Emergency Medicine21registered nursing
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15occupational therapy, health and physical education, rehabilitation, athletic trainer
Family and Social Work14social work, public administration
Mechanics and Repair13computer repair, automobile mechanics
Therapy and Counselling8psychology, substance abuse Counselling
Science6physical sciences, zoology, botany, call and molecular biology, biology, chemistry
Engineering Technician5drafting, electronics tech, construction engineering tech
office and Administration3administrative assistant
Conservation and Resource Management2wildlife management
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Art Studies1art studies
Photography and Commercial Art1commercial art
Fine Arts1fine arts
Medical Support and Technology0clinical lab tech
Production Trades0welding

Contact: Western New Mexico University

Western New Mexico University

1000 W. College Ave

Silver City, NM 88061

General Phone: (505) 538-6336


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