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IPEDS ID: 188304
OPE ID: 00266400
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Western New Mexico University
1000 W. College Ave, Silver City, New Mexico 88061
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 88061
General information:  (505) 538-6336
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:  Town: Remote
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,560 (2,849 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  14 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty117152
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,186$1,222$1,272$1,3244.1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,950$8,270$8,630$10,15617.7%
Off Campus
Room and board$6,956$7,166$7,453$7,7524.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$16,976$17,772$18,638$20,80311.6%
Off Campus$15,982$16,668$17,461$18,3995.4%
Off Campus with Family$8,588$8,952$9,436$10,0536.5%
On Campus$26,576$27,156$26,838$28,8437.5%
Off Campus$25,582$26,052$25,661$26,4393.0%
Off Campus with Family$18,188$18,336$17,636$18,0932.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$2,719
In-state fees$1,022
Out-of-state tuition$8,730
Out-of-state fees$1,022
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid134297%————
Grant or scholarship aid32492%$1,473,859$4,549
Federal grants23767%$1,084,179$4,575
Pell grants23767%$1,071,801$4,522
Other federal grants113%$12,378$1,125
State/local government grant or scholarships16346%$368,041$2,258
Institutional grants or scholarships165%$21,639$1,352
Student loan aid16647%$867,212$5,224
Federal student loans16647%$853,062$5,139
Other student loans31%$14,150$4,717
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid11,81264%$5,246,033$2,895
Pell grants1,33147%$3,141,987$2,361
Federal student loans1,09038%$4,336,045$3,978
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$9,009$9,565$9,963
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$8,773$9,288$9,869
$30,001 – $48,000$6,694$10,558$13,733
$48,001 – $75,000$11,444$14,606$14,846
$75,001 – $110,000$12,906
$110,001 and more
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment3,560
Undergraduate enrollment2,849
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment204
Graduate enrollment711
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 53%
Part-time: 47%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 39%
Female: 61%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 4%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 51%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 24%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 14%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 66%
25 and over: 32%
Age unknown: 2%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 77%
Out-of-state: 22%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 1%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 22%
Part-time: 78%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 15%
Enrolled in some distance education: 27%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 58%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 48%
Enrolled in some distance education: 13%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 39%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $30
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 55%
Part-time students: 43%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 34 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 17%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 3%
6-year: 13%
8-year: 16%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 14%
Female: 19%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 0%
Black or African American: 18%
Hispanic/Latino: 15%
White: 21%
Two or more races: 0%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 17%
Non-resident alien: 20%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies-0---
Category total-0---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-0---
Botany/Plant Biology-0---
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology-5---
Zoology/Animal Biology-5---
Category total-10---
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Banking and Financial Support Services0--0-
Business Administration and Management, General81411--
Business/Commerce, General-15---
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce0----
Management Information Systems, General-2---
Operations Management and Supervision-1---
Category total848110-
Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant0--0-
Recording Arts Technology/Technician0----
Category total0--0-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia5--6-
Category total5--6-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-5---
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications3--8-
Category total35-8-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--10--
Education, General1----
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--24d--
Elementary Education and Teaching-810-1
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching67-0-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-1---
Reading Teacher Education--1d--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-0---
Secondary Education and Teaching-66-1
Special Education and Teaching, General-05-1
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels-0---
Technical Teacher Education-1d---
Category total723d56d03
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician0--13-
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician0--2-
Category total0--15-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-1---
Category total-1---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature-0---
Category total-0---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-1---
Occupational Therapy/Therapist20-12--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse366d---
Rehabilitation Science-11d---
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-4---
Category total5622d12--
History, General-1---
Category total-1---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science---12-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies930d---
Category total930d-12-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies2215-0-
Category total2215-0-
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-3---
Category total-3---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other--50d--
Category total--50d--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies-0---
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management-2---
Category total-2---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-15---
Category total-15---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-1---
Geology/Earth Science, General-0---
Physical Sciences-0---
Category total-1---
Precision Production
Welding Technology/Welder7--30-
Category total7--30-
Psychology, General-15--4
Category total-15--4
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-0---
Social Work-1813--
Category total-1813--
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, General-1---
Category total-2---
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-1---
Commercial and Advertising Art2----
Fine/Studio Arts, General-4---
Visual and Performing Arts, General-1---
Category total26---
Grand total119217142717
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
Track and Field, X-Country811
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (!)1/1/1926 - 1/1/1933Terminated
(!)1/1/1942 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree or certificate2/1/1994 -  Accredited
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs4/17/2011 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/13/2007 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools9/1/1954 -  Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs9/1/1992 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft002
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate18.4%17.8%
Number in default8471
Number in repayment455397
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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