Mesalands Community College

  • Mesalands Community College is an institution of higher education that promotes student learning through quality education and services while fostering personal growth, leadership, and opportunity to a culturally diverse community.

School Highlights

Mesalands Community College serves 1,068 students (21% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is higher than the state community college average of 26:1.
Minority enrollment is 60% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 70%.

Top Rankings

Mesalands Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in New Mexico for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 34 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Mesalands Community College(NM) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty34 staff72 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Mesalands Community College has grown by 34% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has decreased from 33:1 over five years.
The Mesalands Community College diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,068 students1,664 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio31:126:1
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# Full-Time Students223 students412 students
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# Part-Time Students845 students1,252 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
3%
10%
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% Asian
1%
2%
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% Hispanic
32%
47%
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% Black
5%
3%
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% White
40%
30%
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% Non Resident races
1%
2%
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% Unknown races
18%
4%
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Diversity Score0.700.68
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College Completion Rate
48%
24%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$24,200$34,400
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,560 is less than the state average of $2,084. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $2,544 is less than the state average of $4,620. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,560$2,084
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Out-State Tuition Fees$2,544$4,620
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid76%89%
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Median Debt for Graduates--
Median Debt for Dropouts--
Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Mesalands Community College was established as Tucumcari Area Vocational School (TAVS) under the Area Vocational School Act of New Mexico during the thirty-third Legislative Session of the State of New Mexico. In January 1979, an act of the Legislature authorized the establishment of an area vocational school in Tucumcari. The school was authorized to offer programs of vocational education leading to certificates and diplomas. Mesalands Community College is situated at 911 South Tenth Street in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Tumcari, located in the eastern part of the state and surrounded by scenic mesas, is recognizable by its landmark, the 5,000-ft. butte known as Tucumcari Mountain. The campus of Mesalands Community College is positioned on 23 acres, with room for future expansion. The main campus is comprised of five buildings, with three additional buildings located at other sites off the main campus. As a community college, we are here to meet your educational goals and aspirations. Whether you are interested in improving your pre-collegiate skills, training for a technical career, or preparing to transfer to a four-year institution, we can fulfill your needs. As a small college, we can provide personal attention and a caring atmosphere that is difficult to find elsewhere. Our small classes and caring faculty create a learning environment designed to make our students successful. Mesalands Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Mesalands Community College is Clovis Community College (62.2 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 3,107 students | 62.20 Mi417 Schepps Blvd
    Clovis, NM 88101
    (800) 769-1409
    62.203,107
  • 1,093 students | 91.20 Mi336 Luna Drive
    Las Vegas, NM 87701
    (505) 454-2500
    91.201,093
  • 9,854 students | 106.70 Mi2011 S. Washington
    Amarillo, TX 79109
    (806) 371-5000
    106.709,854
  • 1,219 students | 123.70 Mi1157 County Road 110
    Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557
    (575) 737-6200
    123.701,219
  • 412 students | 129.80 Mi101 W. College Blvd.
    Roswell, NM 88201
    (575) 622-6250
    129.80412
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Did You Know?
For New Mexico public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,084 per year for in-state students and $4,620 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

New Mexico community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is lower than the national average of 0.73. The most diverse community college in New Mexico is New Mexico Military Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.