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

University of New Mexico-Main Campus offers 250 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 5,698 students graduated with students earning 3,872 Bachelor's degrees, 1,185 Master's degrees, 537 Doctoral degrees, and 104 Certificates.

Brookline College-Albuquerque offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 116 students graduated with students earning 75 Certificates, 33 Bachelor's degrees, and 8 Associate's degrees.

Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque offers 8 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 10 students graduated with students earning 8 Bachelor's degrees, and 2 Master's degrees.

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University of Phoenix-New Mexico offers 38 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 72 students graduated with students earning 49 Bachelor's degrees, 15 Certificates, and 8 Master's degrees.

National American University-Albuquerque West offers 29 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 13 students graduated with students earning 12 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Best Community Colleges in Albuquerque

Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque offers 11 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 467 students graduated with students earning 357 Certificates, and 110 Associate's degrees.

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Carrington College-Albuquerque offers 6 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 188 students graduated with students earning 127 Certificates, and 61 Associate's degrees.

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Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute offers 20 degree programs. It's a very small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 73 students graduated with students earning 59 Associate's degrees, and 14 Certificates.

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Central New Mexico Community College offers 229 degree programs. It's a very large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 8,276 students graduated with students earning 4,451 Certificates, and 3,825 Associate's degrees.

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University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus offers 45 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 213 students graduated with students earning 117 Associate's degrees, and 96 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Albuquerque

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of New Mexico-Main Campus Logo University of New Mexico-Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
2/5
24 : 1 22,729
Brookline College-Albuquerque Logo Brookline College-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM   75 : 1 452
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Logo Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM   19 : 1 708
Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque West Logo Pima Medical Institute-Albuquerque West Albuquerque, NM     78
Carrington College-Albuquerque Logo Carrington College-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM   30 : 1 424
Aveda Institute-New Mexico Logo Aveda Institute-New Mexico Albuquerque, NM     71
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Logo Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Albuquerque, NM
1/5
22 : 1 443
Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Albuquerque Logo Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM     162
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Logo Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque Albuquerque, NM
4/5
11 : 1 22
Central New Mexico Community College Logo Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
1/5
72 : 1 23,096
University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus Logo University of New Mexico-Valencia County Campus Los Lunas, NM
1/5
65 : 1 2,196
University of Phoenix-New Mexico Logo University of Phoenix-New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
3/5
  32
Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute Logo Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute Albuquerque, NM     65
National American University-Albuquerque West Logo National American University-Albuquerque West Albuquerque, NM
4/5