Top New Mexico Community Colleges

  • For the 2018-19 school year, there are 23 top community colleges located throughout New Mexico (19 public colleges and 4 private colleges), serving 78,344 students.
  • For New Mexico community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,084 per year for in-state students and $4,620 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $22,613 per year (view national tuition costs).
  • New Mexico community colleges have a diversity score of 0.67, which is higher than the national average of 0.65 (view national diversity statistics).
  • Minority enrollment is 65% (majority Hispanic) and the student:teacher ratio is 30:1.

Student by Ethnicity

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NM All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown

Top New Mexico Community Colleges by Town (2018-19)

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