The 9 Most Diverse Colleges In New Mexico For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in New Mexico.
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Diversity is a hot topic right now. You can't watch the news or browse social media without hearing about equality.

And that's mostly because diversity's a good thing. You've heard the saying, "Diversity is the art of thinking independently together."

So we wanted to help prospective applicants understand what colleges in the will offer them a diverse experience.

A university campus is one of the most diverse places you'll find in New Mexico, as people of all religions, gender preferences and races come together from all over the world to enrich their minds.

But where would we find the most diverse colleges in New Mexico? After running the numbers on 9 colleges and universities, we landed on University of New Mexico-Main Campus as the most diverse college in New Mexico.

Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in New Mexico for 2020.

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In New Mexico For 2020

  1. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
  2. Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
  3. Western New Mexico University
  4. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  5. New Mexico Highlands University
  6. New Mexico State University-Main Campus
  7. University of the Southwest
  8. St. John's College
  9. Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add University of New Mexico-Main Campus to your college visit road trip.

Read on for more about the colleges and the methodology behind the data.

For more reading on New Mexico, check out:

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In New Mexico For 2020

In order to run the only assessment on college diversity undertaken, we simply had to aggregate and then sort data on the racial profiles of each college and university in New Mexico.

We're lucky, since the U.S. Department of Education releases diversity studies every year. (The USDE has all sorts of other statistics on its annual College Scorecard as well.)

Here's what we looked at specifically in terms of the racial breakdown by percentage at each institution:

  • White
  • Black
  • Hispanic
  • Asian
  • American Indian
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Two Or More

For most colleges, a significant portion of the student body was listed as "Unknown Race". We removed that from the calculation and only focused on the known races of students from the College Scorecard data.

We then calculated an HHI-score for each of the 9 schools based on the available data -- a statistical representation of diversity. The lower the score, the more diverse the campus.


So it looks like if you want to get the most diverse student experience, you need to contact admissions at University of New Mexico-Main Campus or Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus.

University Of New Mexico-Main Campus
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Albuquerque, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 16,414
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,689

The University of New Mexico is a public research university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 1889, UNM offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs in a wide variety of fields. Its Albuquerque campus encompasses over 600 acres, and there are branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Taos, and Los Lunas.

Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus

Location: Portales, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 2,942
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,927

Eastern New Mexico University is a state university in Portales, Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States. ENMU is an accredited university offering both graduate and undergraduate degrees. It is New Mexico's largest regional comprehensive university and is the most recently founded state university in New Mexico. It is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The university consists of 5 colleges on three campuses. ENMU's main campus is located in Portales and there are also two degree-granting branches at Ruidoso and Roswell. The university also includes several museums.

Western New Mexico University

Location: Silver City, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 2,165
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,051

Western New Mexico University is a public university located in Silver City, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It has served the people of the state and its surrounding areas as a comprehensive, regional, rural, public coeducational university since 1893 and caters to a student body diverse in age, culture, language and ethnic background.

New Mexico Institute Of Mining And Technology
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Socorro, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 1,238
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,085

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is a university located in Socorro, New Mexico.

New Mexico Highlands University

Location: Las Vegas, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 1,888
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,221

New Mexico Highlands University is a public comprehensive university located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States. It aims to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to attain an exceptional education by fostering creativity, critical thinking and research in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions within a diverse community. New Mexico Highlands University is one of the leading colleges in the country for boosting its students' social mobility, according to the Brookings Institution.

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Location: Las Cruces, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 12,453
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,521

New Mexico State University is a public, land-grant and space-grant, flagship research university in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States, and the flagship campus of NMSU System. Founded in 1888, it is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state of New Mexico. Total enrollment across all campuses as of 2017 was 24580, with branch campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doa Ana County and Grants, and with extension and research centers across New Mexico.

Location: Hobbs, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 428
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,678

University of the Southwest is a private interdenominational four-year university located in Hobbs, New Mexico, United States. The university was incorporated under its current name in 1962, although the college existed several years prior as a two-year Baptist educational institution.

St. John

Location: Santa Fe, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 426
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,944

St. John's College is a private liberal arts college known for its distinctive curriculum centered on reading and discussing the Great Books of Western Civilization. It has two U.S. campuses: one in Annapolis, Maryland, and one in Santa Fe, New Mexico, both of which rank in the top 100 Best Liberal Arts Colleges according to the U.S. News & World Report website.

Institute Of American Indian And Alaska Native Culture And Arts Development
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Santa Fe, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 139
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,367

The Institute of American Indian Arts is a tribal college in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The college focuses on Native American art. It operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, which is housed in the historic Santa Fe Federal Building, a landmark Pueblo Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum houses the National Collection of Contemporary Indian Art, with more than 7,000 items.

There You Have It -- The Most Racially Diverse Colleges In The

If you're looking at universities in New Mexico with the most diverse student bodies, this is an accurate list. Below is a complete list of every college and university in New Mexico with their diversity index score.

Hopefully, this is helpful for you as you weigh in on all factors while you decide on which institution to attend.

For more reading on colleges around New Mexico, check out:

Most Diverse Colleges In New Mexico

Rank College Diversity Index
1 University of New Mexico-Main Campus 3,689
2 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus 3,927
3 Western New Mexico University 4,051
4 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 4,085
5 New Mexico Highlands University 4,221
6 New Mexico State University-Main Campus 4,521
7 University of the Southwest 4,678
8 St. John's College 5,944
9 Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development 7,367

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