Best Colleges in Albuquerque

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Fiesta flare, metropolitan amenities, and scenic adventures are calling

Located prominently on historic Route 66 and elevated at over 5,000 feet, Albuquerque is a roaring metropolis with breathtaking desert scenery. Home to 11 traditional universities and colleges, you can major in anything from landscape architecture to optical science and engineering. Named to Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers and ranked in the nation's top 200 cities for job growth, Albuquerque's energetic commerce scene, multitude of career opportunities and charming southwestern influence will have you wanting to set roots even after graduation.

Nicknamed "Duke City," with its bustling downtown district, 3,000 shops and galleries, endless outdoor activities, and some of the country's best golf courses, is one place where fun is in endless supply. But it's not all about the entertainment offerings. Albuquerque is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. and home to the heartbeat of Native American and New Mexican cuisine. Duke City was also named one of the 5 Best Up and Coming Cities for Foodies by Women's Health, and you'll quickly find your taste for red, green or "Christmas" chili. and with average temperatures of 71◦ and 310 sunny days a year, you'll be able to take on all the hiking and snowboarding at Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, hot-air balloon flights over the Rio Grande Valley, and river rafting through the Rio Chama that you can handle. Trust us, you definitely don't want to miss out on a college experience in Albuquerque.

*visitalbuquerque.org *cabq.gov *forbes.com *Wikipedia, "Albuquerque"

Best Four Year Universities in Albuquerque

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque, NM

University of New Mexico-Main Campus offers 298 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 6,155 students graduated with students earning 4,242 Bachelor's degrees, 1,271 Master's degrees, 579 Doctoral degrees, 63 Certificates degrees.

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2 Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque offers 7 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 41 students graduated with students earning 41 Bachelor's degrees.

3 ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque offers 12 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 177 students graduated with students earning 136 Associate's degrees, and 41 Bachelor's degrees.

4 Brookline College-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

Brookline College-Albuquerque offers 11 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 228 students graduated with students earning 167 Certificates degrees, 34 Associate's degrees, and 27 Bachelor's degrees.

5 Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque offers 28 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 302 students graduated with students earning 285 Associate's degrees, 13 Bachelor's degrees, and 4 Certificates degrees.

6 University of Phoenix-New Mexico Albuquerque, NM

University of Phoenix-New Mexico offers 30 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 559 students graduated with students earning 447 Bachelor's degrees, and 112 Master's degrees.

7 National American University-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

National American University-Albuquerque offers 35 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 49 students graduated with students earning 27 Bachelor's degrees, 22 Associate's degrees.

8 National American University-Albuquerque West Albuquerque, NM

National American University-Albuquerque West offers 25 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 64 students graduated with students earning 33 Bachelor's degrees, 29 Associate's degrees, and 2 Certificates degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Albuquerque

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus Los Lunas, NM

University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus offers 47 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 352 students graduated with students earning 192 Associate's degrees, and 160 Certificates degrees.

2 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM

Central New Mexico Community College offers 188 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 9,661 students graduated with students earning 5,359 Associate's degrees, and 4,302 Certificates degrees.

3 Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM

Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque offers 17 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 712 students graduated with students earning 489 Certificates degrees, and 223 Associate's degrees.

4 Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Albuquerque, NM

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute offers 23 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 87 students graduated with students earning 84 Associate's degrees, and 3 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of New Mexico-Main Campus University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
2/5
15 : 1 27,285
University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus Los Lunas, NM
1/5
47 : 1 2,246
Central New Mexico Community College Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
1/5
43 : 1 25,760
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM 27 : 1 913
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
4/5
7 : 1 112
ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque ITT Technical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
4/5
18 : 1 386
Brookline College-Albuquerque Brookline College-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM 39 : 1 272
University Logo Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM 31 : 1 154
Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque Brown Mackie College-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
3/5
33 : 1 610
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque West Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque West Albuquerque, NM 30 : 1 117
University Logo Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute Albuquerque, NM 21 : 1 82
University of Phoenix-New Mexico University of Phoenix-New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
3/5
16 : 1 953
University Logo De Wolff College Hair Styling and Cosmetology Albuquerque, NM 16 : 1 47
National American University-Albuquerque National American University-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
3/5
31 : 1 301
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Albuquerque, NM
1/5
20 : 1 402
Aveda Institute-New Mexico Aveda Institute-New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 14 : 1 182
National American University-Albuquerque West National American University-Albuquerque West Albuquerque, NM
3/5
63 : 1 188

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Questions About Going to College in Albuquerque

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

Technology and defense remain staples of Albuquerque’s economy. Experts, however, have predicted slow job growth in 2016. To attract start-ups to the region, both city and state government have committed funding to help Albuquerque develop a downtown entrepreneurial hub.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Albuquerque?

With more than 12,000 employees, the University of New Mexico ranks as the city’s largest employer. Health science grads often find employment with UNM Hospitals or Albuquerque Health Partners. Hewlett-Packard and Verizon Wireless hire for customer and technical support, while Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico needs workers to help with claims processing. An expansion by Bank of America in 2015 added more positions in financial services.

Is Albuquerque more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

It’s easy to feel like you’re in a Southwestern paradise while walking among the pueblo-style architecture at the University of New Mexico. However, Albuquerque as a whole boasts more than half a million residents. Factors such as cost of living, climate, and availability of doctors attract retirees to the city. Young families live alongside empty nesters in Ventana Ranch. And you’ll meet single professionals over in Nob Hill for shopping, dining and eclectic architecture.

What do the locals in Albuquerque like to do for fun?

Outdoor enthusiasts find plenty of trails to explore and rocks to climb in the Sandia and Manzano Mountains. Or you can raft down the Rio Grande River for a thrill. Community events throughout the year bring residents together. Foodies mark their calendars for the annual Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest in late March. And who can resist the wondrous display of hot air balloons at The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in October?

What's the dating scene like in Albuquerque? Will I meet my perfect mate?

UNM has a slightly skewed gender distribution (55 percent female), but plenty of couples have met through university activities such as cheering on the Lobos basketball team. For a memorable date, try biking the scenic Paseo del Bosque Trail together. Follow it up with a local beer from Marble Brewery and a burger with green chiles.

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