Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, The University of New Mexico now occupies nearly 800 acres near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas.
Offering a distinctive campus environment with a Pueblo Revival architectural theme, the campus buildings echo nearby Pueblo Indian villages. The nationally recognized campus arboretum and the popular duck pond offer an outstanding botanical experience in the midst of one of New Mexico's great public open spaces.
Its graduate students enjoy access to nationally recognized faculty and degree programs, cutting edge research, student support organizations, professional and academic workshops, health and counseling services, and beyond. Students also have many opportunities to enjoy UNM’s robust array of on-campus museums, live performances, and sporting events.
UNM offers over 220 bachelor and graduate degree programs across several different colleges and schools, of which the school of law, the school of medicine, the school of engineering, and the Anderson school of management were recently ranked by hispanic business magazine among the top 10 in the country. It represents a diverse mixture of cultures and backgrounds.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UNM at 201–300 out of world universities and 72-98 out of U.S. universities in 2016.
The Center for World University Rankings ranked UNM the 181st on its world university rankings list and the 78th in the United States in 2015, which is up from the 185th and the 82nd respectively in 2014.
High Impact Universities Research Performance Index ranked UNM the 112th in 2011 in their Top 500 Universities worldwide.
The most popular majors by the number of students are business/marketing, education, psychology, biology, health profession, social sciences, business administration and management.
The U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine tied for the 35th in primary care and tied for the 83rd in research, with the Rural Medicine residency program as the 2nd best in the country and the Family Medicine residency program the 10th in 2016.
The University of New Mexico School of Law is ranked by USN & WR in 2016 as tied for the 71st in the country, with the Clinical Law program ranked the 10th nationwide.
The School of Engineering was ranked tied for the 85th.
According to USN & WR 2016 rankings, the school has the the 5th best graduate program in photography and the 17th best graduate program in printmaking.
Other programs ranked in the top 50 nationwide by USN & WR in 2016 include occupational therapy - #36, pharmacy - #48, and earth sciences - #49.