General Information

Mission, Vision, Goals, and Values


The University will engage students, faculty, and staff in its comprehensive educational, research, and service programs.

  • UNM will provide students the values, habits of mind, knowledge, and skills that they need to be enlightened citizens, to contribute to the state and national economies, and to lead satisfying lives.
  • Faculty, staff, and students create, apply, and disseminate new knowledge and creative works; they provide services that enhance New Mexicans' quality of life and promote economic development; and they advance our understanding of the world, its peoples, and cultures.
  • Building on its educational, research, and creative resources, the University provides services directly to the City and State, including health care, social services, policy studies, commercialization of inventions, and cultural events. 

UNM2020: The Vision for UNM

During 2012, the UNM community undertook the process of envisioning a desired future state, UNM2020, to serve as a descriptive mesa in the distance toward which plans and actions strive. An open and inclusive process engaging more than one thousand stakeholders produced attributes reflective of UNM in 2020. These attributes are not an absolute commitment to do one thing or another, but rather capture what the UNM community seeks in the ideal world, and serve to inform the creation of goals and objectives to guide the university forward in pursuit of UNM2020. More information can be found at

Students: The Lobo Experience
UNM in 2020 has created a relationship that extends well before one enters the University until well after one matriculates – the Lobo Experience. Through extensive networks reaching down into K-12, across to branches and community colleges, up through the labor markets and out through State and global relationships, UNM students – prospective, active and alumni – have ample opportunity to realize their full potential. 

UNM is the national standard and recognized as an innovator in multilingual and multi-cultural programs that go far beyond ‘segmentation’ initiatives to more inclusive topic, challenge, skill and competency-based sharing that beings diverse perspectives to challenges shared by all. No other university has the deep diversity learning lab in which to bring students, faculty, staff and the community together in mutually beneficial ways.

UNM customizes its offering to match individual student desires, expectations and needs. It recruits and retains the best and brightest New Mexicans as the ‘go-to’ school for specific degrees and programs. The Honors College targets specific outcomes and job placement opportunities through UNM alumni, strategic partners and other initiatives that are intra-institutional. All student support programs, from academic advisement through to career counseling are built upon best practices contributing to strong student pathways to success.

The physical campus is a safe, integrated, year-round collection of academic, civic, cultural, professional and social engagement activities with residential and commuter amenities such as a health and wellness center that contribute to a holistic campus experience. UNM alumni lead New Mexico and participate actively in lifelong learning initiatives where they take discounted courses on advanced distance education platforms and learning experiences beyond the physical classroom.

Teaching and Learning
UNM in 2020 has redesigned educational programs and services reflecting the increasingly dynamic world through which graduates pursue excellence and achieve success. Core curricula are respectful of traditional academic arts and sciences while embracing labor markets that seek competency-based outcomes – students armed with how to think – how to be creative and flexible – how to be a productive team member – a blend of competencies that demand lifelong learning opportunities.

Teaching, research and service to the community are valued equally in all UNM recognition and reward systems. We are superb educators who also discover and innovate. A strong mentoring program exists – faculty/student, senior faculty/junior faculty, upper classmen/junior classmen such that bonds exist to keep one another engaged and retain our talented people.

Students from all walks of life engage through a robust combination of full-time and part-time programs, formal degrees and concentrations, certificates, and physical and virtual learning platforms that ‘fit’ into complex, fast moving learner lives. UNM pedagogical and technological diversity matches the diversity of its students.

Discovery and Innovation
UNM in 2020 is a recognized leader in basic and applied research and the translation of that research into knowledge and applications of value to academic communities and the public. Annual grants and contracts are approaching $500M as UNM is adept at putting interdisciplinary teams together and focusing on some of the most important social challenges of our time. College/school, departmental, institute, center and program wall have ‘softened’ such that faculty, students and other public and private global research partners can move with speed and flexibility.

Both undergraduate and graduate student research opportunities abound as there are many academic intersections requiring diverse skills and competencies to query, contemplate, create and ultimately transfer new knowledge, processes and applications throughout New Mexico and beyond. That level of engagement extends to the interdisciplinary education model designed to produce competence-based value in a world and employment opportunities changing far faster than our curricula.

Institutional Culture
UNM in 2020 has a culture that is healthy and seeks continuous improvement through open, safe and honest dialogue. Faculty and staff are engaged and rate institutional performance highly on cultural attributes such as trust, integrity, transparency, diversity, mutual respect, quality, ethics and social responsibility. High ratings result from a heightened sense that cooperation – one mission, many players, one team – is valued greatly given that education and research are much more interdisciplinary than prior models of higher education.

UNM celebrates academic and athletic traditions with vigor as community diversity is the core of what makes UNM different. UNM is innovative in everything it does. ‘Walls and silos’ are almost non-existent in a culture that respects diversity in everything it does. Whether heavily resourced or constrained, the culture seeks a better way to accomplish objectives. Expectations and accountability are well understood and reinforced through a performance-based compensation program linked to outcomes.

Faculty and Staff
UNM in 2020 has developed a deep level of trust and cooperation across the university through action – not only discussion. Faculty and staff work in interdisciplinary teams to enhance an efficient and effective environment where pathways for professional growth and development are supplemented by leaders and managers that invest in people and programs.

People and time are treated as precious resources such that unnecessary bureaucratic overhead is minimal faculty and staff are able to pursue a work-life balance not seen in many universities all the while maintaining a high level of productivity. UNM truly does more with less where mutual respect and equitable compensation programs are linked to outcomes. Professional aspirations of faculty and staff are aligned with UNM priorities in ways that accelerate performance and reward both creativity and accomplishment. 

Health Sciences
UNM in 2020 has a single governance, leadership and organizational structure serving an integrated academic health center with a shared mission, vision and strategic plan. Through shared principles and values among colleges, hospitals and practice plans, the academic health center has a culture that increases diversity in the workforce, trainees and faculty; promotes interprofessional opportunities; and, provides outreach to the community, including an emphasis on sites in communities that deliver clinical, research and educational services and opportunities.

The health sciences are a renowned center of discovery and innovation with strong, collaborative bridges throughout UNM garnering a rank among the top 50 U.S. academic health centers in total research funding. Translational science, clinical effectiveness research and interdisciplinary programs are primary research activities in service to New Mexico and beyond.

UNM has an integrated health care delivery system with geographically distributed services and partnerships that make it the premiere health care choice for payors and the general population. The value provided in terms of quality, cost and access permits the overall academic health center to remain financially balanced in the primary missions of education, research, patient care and community service. 

Market Position and Brand
UNM in 2020 will have defined New Mexico’s 21st century flagship university such that the best and brightest of New Mexico and beyond view UNM as a destination university. The strong range of degree options represents tremendous value to state, national and global students seeking an education relevant to the diverse social and economic environment.

Faculty are attracted to UNM, recognized broadly for its ideal blend of teaching and research infrastructure combined with strong public and private partnerships. This environment presents them and the students they serve with opportunities that set a national standard for the definition of a vibrant public academic enterprise.

UNM has invested significantly in marketing itself to prospective students, faculty, and strategic partners in all media channels but is specifically recognized as a social media powerhouse.

UNM continues to accelerate globally and act locally – leveraging an increased international student and faculty presence in ways that contribute to the most pressing global and local challenges of the time. Through deep connections to emerging and evolving economies, UNM has focused heavily in Latin America through international consortia with robust exchange programs. UNM is known as a University of the Americas – an ethnically and culturally-rich research university.

Strategic Partnerships
UNM in 2020 has strong national and international relationships with other educational institutions from K-12 through to the other members of the UNM system and beyond to global relationships. The core of these partnerships rests with the focused ability to cultivate partnerships among the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, health sciences, law and business. Leaders, faculty and staff continuously seek to define new relationships that hold promise against society’s most complex challenges.

UNM works with visionaries – its own faculty and others to seek answers and solutions to the most important questions of our time. UNM has forged an economic development engine for Albuquerque and New Mexico through successful public/private initiatives ranging from the research labs in New Mexico to corporations and philanthropists interested in accelerating performance can changing how we transfer our knowledgebase most effectively.

Infrastructure and Financial Performance
UNM in 2020 has a balanced investment plan – people and programs, infrastructure and buildings – all based on clear strategic priorities. Based on the continuous evaluation of program relevance and rebalancing that has occurred since 2013, the UNM community understands that it cannot be ‘all things to all people’ such that periodic program divestment has allowed scarce resources to be reallocated.

The sources and uses of funds, both public and private are well known allowing for the difficult choices to be principle-based and transparent. Success of the UNM2020 $500M comprehensive capital campaign contributes greatly to investment flexibility given constrained State resources. UNM has diversified its revenue base through a successful private donor/State matching program for eminent scholars and increased licensing revenue from a successful technology transfer program.

UNM has a state of the art high-performance and sustainable virtual and physical infrastructure supporting geographically distributed education pedagogies, technology platforms and economic models. The infrastructure quality has ensured the integrity of the education platform from physical and virtual classrooms through to student evaluation resulting in both high satisfaction and a stellar accreditation record. The new UNM Center for the Arts was funded primarily through private sources and serves as an interdisciplinary arts beacon and economic engine throughout New Mexico and beyond.

While compliant with State requirements, core support services such as human resources, information technology and management services, finance, purchasing, research, and technology transfer are efficient and effective with high staff and faculty satisfaction ratings.

Leadership and Governance
UNM in 2020 has a progressive governance and leadership dynamic where Regents are well informed advocates for the UNM Strategic Plan (goals, objectives and strategic priorities), set policy and monitor University progress through a transparent performance monitoring and reporting program. The Regent/leadership collaborative dynamic has produced a sustainable University System in service to New Mexico and beyond, one that is highly coordinated, integrated, non-duplicative and, while programmatically and geographically diverse, functions as a University without walls.

Regents and the leadership team are inspirational, successful and diverse in every aspect of their composition from socio-demographic to academic and business expertise. Both have structured forums that keep communication channels open and bi-directional, and present mutually beneficial learning opportunities with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders.

The boundaries between governance and leadership are based on the principles and practices of high performance academic institutions. The boundaries are respected through the establishment of clear expectations, priorities and accountabilities. University leadership recommends goals and objectives to the Regents for ultimate adoption and works effectively with the Regents to think through strategy options and resource requirements for achieving the objectives.


As UNM2020 began to take shape, UNM leadership engaged on a parallel track of developing Goals – the timeless aspirations that express important values on the path to UNM2020 and beyond. We will never actually "achieve" our Goals. We will however, ensure that they drive strategies, actions and initiatives. More information can found at

Become a Destination University
Be an institution that is recognized and sought out by students and faculty globally for its cultural, academic, and research distinction. This will be reflected in a diversity of people, ideas, programs, and places. 

Prepare Lobos for Lifelong Success
Provide an inviting and supportive campus experience, preparing students to meet their long-term goals as lifelong learners in academic and personal achievement, career, and leadership. Foster commitment to community service.

Promote Institutional Citizenship
Engage people of all identities, and from all backgrounds, cultures, and communities to realize that they are capable of participating in all aspects of University life. These interactions will: inform institutional strategy, practices, and culture; bridge campus to community; and build knowledge and capacity to solve complex societal challenges.

Advance Health and Health Equity
Improve public health and health care to the populations we serve, working with community partners to advance health and health equity in New Mexico. Provide an excellent education in the health sciences, with a focus on the priority health needs of our communities.

Advance Discovery and Innovation
Promote collaborations between university researchers and industry partners to further cutting edge research and strengthen our research enterprise. Advance knowledge and integrate student learning with innovation.

Ensure Financial Integrity and Strength
Operate the University in the context of a modern economy, raise funds through innovative mechanisms and judiciously invest them. Utilize strategies that recognize and address financial market realities in higher education, as well as opportunities for gains in efficiency and effectiveness.

Advance and Accelerate Economic Development
Create public-private partnerships that build a sustainable future and strengthen the state's economy through engaged education, collaborative research, workforce development, and the acceleration of new technologies to market. Alongside faculty, students participate in innovative projects that prepare them to become the next generation of entrepreneurs.


UNM’s values describe the “evergreen” principles that guide our decisions, actions, and behaviors. These are essential and enduring tenets, not to be compromised for short-term expediency. By stating these values publicly, we are openly committing to upholding them and to be held accountable accordingly.

Excellence demonstrated by our people, programs, and outcomes, as well as by the quality of our decisions and actions.

Access with Support to Succeed that gives all who desire the opportunity to take full advantage of the wealth of resources at UNM and to be fully included in the UNM community.

Integrity that holds us accountable to our students, the community, and all who serve UNM’s mission, to manage our resources wisely and keep our promises.

Diversity that enlivens and strengthens our university, our community, and our society.

Respectful Relationships that build trust, inspire collaboration, and ensure the teamwork that is essential to UNM’s success.

Freedom of speech, inquiry, pursuit of ideas, and creative activity.

Sustainability so that as we meet the needs of the present, we are not compromising the well being of future generations.


UNM is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Other specialized or programmatic accreditations are listed below.

Anderson School of Management: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

School of Architecture and Planning: National Architectural Accrediting Board, Planning Accreditation Board, and Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board

College of Arts and Sciences: Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, American Psychological Association, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Commission of Collegiate Interpreter Education, and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

College of Education: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, New Mexico Public Education Department, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association, National Council on Family Relations, Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, and American Society of Exercise Physiologists

School of Engineering: Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, American Council for Construction Education, and Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Technology and Engineering

College of Fine Arts: National Association of Schools of Music, National Association of Schools of Theatre, and National Association of Schools of Dance

School of Law: American Bar Association and Association of American Law Schools

School of Medicine (Health Sciences Center): Liaison Committee on Medical Education representing the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant, Inc., Council on Education for Public Health, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Commission on Dental Accreditation, and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

College of Nursing (Health Sciences Center): Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and American College of Nurse-Midwives Division of Accreditation

College of Pharmacy (Health Sciences Center): Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

School of Public Administration: National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

Additional information can be found at the UNM Accreditation Web site.


The University of New Mexico today is recognized as one of the nation’s major research universities, with nationally acclaimed programs in areas as diverse as medicine and fine arts, engineering and law. But it was not always that way.

When Bernard Rodey steered legislation through the Territorial Legislature to create UNM on Feb. 28, 1889, no public high school existed in the territory, and most people believed a university was a frill the impoverished territory could ill afford. When the university opened its doors three years later, the majority of the 75 students were in the high school Preparatory Department. The only other department, the Normal School, enrolled six public school teachers.

Although college-level classes and departments were added the following year, it was only after WWI in 1918 that the university stopped taking high school students.

UNM’s second and third presidents, Clarence Herrick (1897-1901) and William Tight (1901-1909), both geologists, placed an early emphasis on the sciences in the university curriculum. Herrick’s tenure was cut short for health reasons, but Tight was the epitome of a hands-on president. In addition to teaching geology and chemistry, he dug a well and irrigation ditches, laid out campus landscaping, including taking the student body into the Sandia Mountains to bring back trees; and built the first fraternity building, the Estufa, on campus, using construction of the oval-shaped building as a way to teach calculus.

Tight was also responsible for adopting the unique architecture that helps make UNM a special place. When the original university building, four-stories of red brick and a high-pitched roof, was in danger of collapse, Tight conceived the idea of remodeling in the Spanish-Pueblo architecture style that was prominent in the territory. Since then, his dream has been reflected in every building constructed on UNM’s main campus. It was also during Tight’s presidency that the Engineering School was formed and the Associated Students of UNM was organized.

The growth of the university remained slow but steady, reaching an enrollment of 610 students in 1925. The first graduate degrees, in Latin and chemistry, were granted in 1922. In that same year the university first attained national accreditation. It was under UNM’s seventh president, James Fulton Zimmerman (1927-44), that the university began a major emphasis that continues to this day: reaching south of the border to embrace studies of and ties to Latin America. Today, UNM’s library holdings related to Latin America place it in the top ten in the nation. Scholars from throughout the world travel to Albuquerque to use them. Zimmerman was responsible for creating the College of Education in 1928, the General College (today University College) in 1935, and the College of Fine Arts in 1936. He convinced a relatively unknown Santa Fe architect, John Gaw Meem, to serve as the university’s informal architect. Meem seized on the strength of Tight’s vision and went on to design some of the university’s most distinctive buildings, including a new library in 1936 (Zimmerman Library), Scholes Hall (administration), and the Anthropology Hall.

Enrollment rose to nearly 2,600 under Zimmerman, but then WWII intervened. Zimmerman died in 1944, the same year one of the most significant education bills ever addressed by the U.S. Congress was passed. The G.I. Bill opened higher education to thousands of men and women who might never have dreamed of pursuing further studies and the nation’s campuses were overwhelmed with returning veterans. In 1947 the university granted its first doctoral degrees and both the College of Business Administration and the School of Law were established.

Thomas Popejoy (1948-68), the first alumnus and first native New Mexican to hold the presidency, oversaw the greatest expansion, both in enrollment and buildings. The great influx of veterans first resulted in the campus being crowded with barracks, but immediately upon taking office, Popejoy lobbied the Legislature for construction funds. A master plan for the campus was created, and the College of Education complex, Johnson Center, the Center for the Arts, and the Student Union, among others, were built on the main campus, while to the north the Health Sciences Center was started and to the south the athletic complex was conceived and constructed.

Popejoy’s successor, Ferrel Heady (1968-75), successfully steered the campus through the tumultuous Vietnam War years. The Bachelor of University Studies degree began during his tenure, allowing students to tailor their own degrees. In 1968 he oversaw the opening of UNM’s first branch college in Gallup. Heady was also responsible for steering the university on the path to seek an increase of research funds, and it was during the 1970s that the university first began serious discussion of developing a research park. Today, the university, in partnership with both private enterprise and the state’s national research laboratories, Sandia and Los Alamos, provides cutting-edge research for industry and national defense, technology and multiple education and training opportunities for students.

From 1975-82, under President William Davis, research funding doubled, and efforts begun by Herrick and Tight began to be recognized as UNM earned national accolades in the areas of science, technology, and business research. Under Davis, the Latin American and Southwest Hispanic Research Institutes were created, as were branch campuses in Los Alamos and Valencia County.

The 1980s saw a quick succession of presidents. John Perovich (1982-84) oversaw the development of the Instructional Television program, allowing the university to deliver its classes to remote areas of the state. Tom Farer (1985-86) presented the university community with major changes in administration and resource allocation. Gerald May (1986-1990) served during hard economic times, with little or no money for new initiatives.

Richard Peck (1990-1998) reemphasized the university’s Latin American ties with key initiatives and cooperative agreements with other universities. He also placed a continuing emphasis on the growth of the university research park and on faculty initiatives to garner increased research funds.

William Gordon (1998-2002) was the first UNM faculty member to rise through the ranks, from assistant professor of psychology, to department chairman, Arts and Sciences dean, and provost before being elevated to the presidency. Gordon began the innovative Freshman Learning Centers to both boost enrollment and to retain students through graduation.

F. Chris Garcia (2002-03), who also rose through the ranks, served as president. He was successful in overseeing legislative initiatives to change the state funding formula for higher education, the first major change in nearly a quarter of a century.

Louis Caldera, eighteenth president, (2003-06), increased the emphasis on seeking both scholarly and institutional research funding, while building on Gordon’s freshmen initiatives and seeking refinements in the legislative funding formula.

David Harris served as acting president (2006-07).

David J. Schmidly (2007-2012) enacted a vision based on four key areas of focus: Student Success, Systemic Excellence, Healthy Communities, and Economic and Community Development.

Robert G. Frank was named the University's twenty-first president in January 2012, and the assumed the presidency in June 2012.

Donald J. Burge
Center for Southwest Research

The Environment

Albuquerque, situated on the banks of the historic Rio Grande, is the home of the main campus of the University of New Mexico. The city is bordered on the east by the 10,000-foot Sandia Mountains and to the west by a high volcanic mesa. With a metro area population approaching 600,000 people, the city is the geographic and demographic center of the state.

The campus of the University of New Mexico lies one mile above sea level. Albuquerque receives abundant sunshine, with annual rainfall of only about nine inches. While summers are warm, the city’s high elevation and low humidity moderate the temperatures. Winter storms are brief and snow does not linger long in the city, yet accumulations in the nearby mountains make it possible to snow ski in the morning and still play tennis or golf in the afternoon.

The distinctive architectural style of the campus, contemporary in treatment but strongly influenced by the Hispanic and Pueblo Indian cultures, is characterized by vigas, patios, balconies, portals and earth-colored, slightly inclined walls in the style of ancient adobe houses. Surrounded by giant cottonwoods, elms and mountain evergreens, and with attention paid to beautiful desert landscaping, the UNM campus embodies a lifestyle fostered by the mild, sunny climate.

Albuquerque is one of the major cultural centers of the Southwest, offering museums, art galleries, theatre and musical groups, symphony orchestras and shops displaying both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Ceremonial dances are held at various times during the year in nearby Pueblos and often are open to the public.


Center for the Arts

Popejoy Hall, located on the University of New Mexico campus, serves as New Mexico’s premier performance venue. With a capacity of more than 2,000 seats and state-of-the-art equipment, Popejoy Hall attracts some of the best touring artists available and showcases them through the Ovation Series, a yearly package of 24 touring companies representing Broadway musicals, dramas, dance, music and cultural programming. In addition to the Ovation Series, Popejoy Hall also serves as the performance venue for the Ovation Schooltime Series—Hour-long performances of Ovation Series productions, with programs specifically for schoolchildren. The University of New Mexico music faculty and students and important community organizations such as the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra also perform on the Popejoy stage yearly. Half-price season tickets are available to students during the subscription drive as well as deeply discounted individual tickets to selected shows throughout the year.

Keller Recital Hall, with its magnificent Holtkamp Organ and its marvelous recording capability, is the main performance site of the Department of Music. With a seating capacity of 300, Keller Hall hosts more than 150 concerts per year, including student soloists and ensembles, chamber groups and guest artists. Three annual music events mark the calendar: The Keller Hall Series, a distinguished series of chamber music and solo performances; concerts by University of New Mexico ensemble groups such as Jazz Bands and the University of New Mexico Orchestra as well as student recitals; and the Composer’s Symposium, a week of concerts and lectures by regional, national and international composers.

Rodey Theatre is a 410-seat state-of-the-art performance facility for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Rodey Theatre’s flexible stage moves from proscenium to thrust stage presentations allowing the department to present an exciting season of six theatre and dance performances ranging from contemporary to classical styles, ballet to flamenco.

Theatre X is a 120-seat facility where more than 25 original and contemporary plays and dance are presented in an intimate setting. New and innovative works staged by faculty and students are the focus in this theatre.

The Center for the Arts complex also includes the University Art Museum, the Fine Arts Library, the Bainbridge Bunting Memorial Slide Library, and facilities supporting programs in Art Studio, Art History, Music, Music Education, Theatre, Dance and Media Arts.

Information Technologies

Information Technologies (IT) provides and supports many campus-wide IT services including: wireless networks; administrative, student, human resources and financial applications; a technical service center; and computers and printers in labs and classrooms. Most computing services are available free of charge to students; any for-fee services are identified at the time the service is requested. More information is available at the IT Web site.

UNM NetID. Every student is required to create a NetID account through the UNM portal at MyUNM. A UNM NetID is required in order to register for classes, access grades, conduct University business, or use UNM computer labs and classrooms. Your NetID is also your UNM e-mail address. As of Fall semester 2012, email is accessed with LoboMail. This account remains active as long as you are registered for a credit class or employed at UNM.

LoboMail. LoboMail is a feature-rich email and calendaring system accessible through a web browser. LoboMail accounts have many features, including mobile access from most smartphones, unlimited storage using Microsoft OneDrive, video conferencing and chat using Skype, shared calendar and contacts, collaboration tools, and 50 GB of email storage.

Wireless, Voice and Data Network Services. The Lobo Wi-Fi wireless network provides secure Internet access for all students with a valid NetID and password. Wired connections are available in the IT computer labs and in the student residences. IT also provides optional telephone and voicemail services to dorm rooms. Long distance calling from dorm room telephones requires use of a calling card. Dormitory telephone service can be requested from Student Life. The UNM data network services to dorms are included in the residence fee.

Personal Computer Purchase Discounts. IT and the UNM Bookstore have teamed with Dell and Apple Computers to bring UNM students, faculty and staff significant discounts on personal computer purchases, warranty services and hardware maintenance. Visit the UNM Bookstore Web site to access the UNM Dell web page.

Online Computer Training. All UNM students, faculty and staff can take advantage of online technical and business training modules at no cost at the Online Training Library.

UNM Directory. The UNM Directory is up-to-date and available online at the UNM Directory. It contains department, location, status, and contact information for students, faculty, and staff. Students may request that the personal listing be omitted from the directory at the Mesa Vista Hall North Student One-Stop.

LoboAlerts. Students can update their contact information for emergency notification in the event of weather or safety conditions that warrant texting and emailing by logging in at the LoboAlerts Web site.

IT Customer Support Services. Technical help for using UNM systems can be accessed by calling 277-5757 or by using the FastInfo and StudentInfo knowledge databases. Answers to questions are available online from both databases, by email, through the chat utility, or by telephone. Information can also be found at the IT Web site.

Computer Labs and Classrooms. IT supports free computer labs (called Pods) and classrooms with over 600 computers for all students, faculty, and staff at UNM. Pods contain Windows and Macintosh computers, printers, a variety of software, and peripheral equipment such as scanners. Student consultants (SCONS) staff the pods to assist customers. Pods are across campus. See the UNM Campus Map and the IT Web site for locations, hours and software. Download drivers to use wireless printing at the IT Web site.

Smartphone Application. LoboMobile is UNM’s smartphone application, for Lobos on the go. Download LoboMobile on your smartphone to access many online services, including the UNM directory, view campus shuttle schedules, and reserve and check out materials from UNM Libraries. Use your smartphone's app store to download LoboMobile.

Software Downloads. IT offers free Microsoft Office and antivirus software to all UNM users with a valid NetID. Visit the IT Web site to download Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) onto your work and home computers. MATLAB, printer drivers and other software are also available at this site.

IT Security and Privacy. IT Security and Privacy. Students can find resources on protection from identity theft, on intellectual property (copyright) and on best practices for securing their computers by contacting the IT Service Center at 277-5757 or by visiting the IT Web site .

IT Alerts and Network Upgrades. The IT Alerts page notifies the UNM community of any network upgrades and outages, and is available 24 hours at the IT Web site. The UNM community is encouraged to check this page frequently.

University Libraries and Learning Sciences

University Libraries and Learning Sciences serves the entire University community with quality materials and services, and supports users at all levels, from entering freshman to scholars working on highly advanced research topics.

University Libraries and Learning Sciences comprises four libraries:

  • Centennial Science and Engineering Library
  • Fine Arts and Design Library
  • Parish Memorial Library
  • Zimmerman Library

For more information about the University Libraries system, please visit the University Libraries and Learning Sciences section of this Catalog.


Museums, like classrooms, are an important part of the teaching-learning process, and the University of New Mexico has on its campus museums housing significant anthropological, art, biological and geological collections.

The Geology Museum Located on the first floor of Northrop Hall and maintained by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, the Geology Museum features exhibits of minerals, rocks, fossils and gemstones from New Mexico and around the World. Two exhibits focus on world-renowned geologic features in New Mexico, the Jemez caldera and Harding pegmatite deposit; others include a dinosaur bone and minerals used in everyday life, and a separate room contains fluorescent minerals that glow in the dark. The museum is open to the public M–F 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon and 1:00–4:30 p.m. Visitors may also make arrangements to visit the UNM Harding Pegmatite Mine, located near Dixon, Taos County, NM.

Harwood Foundation In addition to art museums on campus, the University of New Mexico maintains in Taos the Harwood Foundation, which serves as a museum, library and community center. The foundation has an excellent collection of paintings by artists who have lived and worked in New Mexico.

The Institute of Meteoritics is a division of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and maintains on display in the Meteorite Museum a large collection of meteorites, including the world’s largest stone meteorite, recovered in Nebraska in 1948. This museum is open to the public.

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, located at the southern end of the Anthropology Building, houses both permanent and temporary exhibits exploring cultures around the world, with a special emphasis on the cultural heritage of the Southwest. The Maxwell Museum is open to the public, as well as to students and faculty members, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The Museum of Southwestern Biology (MSB) contains collections of plants and animals of national and international significance. An integral part of the University of New Mexico Department of Biology, the MSB also maintains a division devoted to frozen materials that houses the largest such collection of mammals in the world. The western research collections of the National Biological Service (NBS) are also integrated with those of the MSB. Housed in the Biology building, this museum is focused on research and teaching and is not open to the public except by appointment. The MSB publishes two scholarly periodicals, “Occasional Papers” and “Special Publications.”

The University of New Mexico Art Museum, one of America’s leading collegiate art museums, is located in the Center for the Arts complex on the main campus of UNM. The Museum hosts a permanent collection of over 40,000 works of art, the largest fine art collection in New Mexico. It strives to serve the needs and interests of New Mexicans through compelling exhibitions and programming for all audiences from K-12 to communities, on and off campus. The museum's collection connects with local artistic traditions including those on the pueblos and within diverse Hispanic communities. The museum’s collection includes significant holdings of historic as well as modern and contemporary photography, prints, drawings, paintings, and sculpture, representing numerous artistic traditions and cultures. Noted artists represented in the collection include Ansel Adams, Alexander Archipenko, Georgia O’Keeffe, Raymond Jonson, Luis Jiménez, Rembrandt van Rijn, Alison Saar, Edward Steichen, Fritz Scholder, and Carrie Mae Weems among many others. Spanning the 15th century to the present, the collection includes over 10,000 photographs, ca. 1840 to the present, and over 14,000 fine art prints representing the history of the graphic arts, including the Tamarind Archive. The collection also features major holdings of 20th century paintings and sculpture, including the Raymond Jonson collection, as well as collections of African sculpture, Mata Ortíz Pottery, Retablos, and European and Spanish Colonial paintings and objects. The Raymond Jonson Gallery is located on the lower level of the UNM Art Museum and features curated selections from the UNM Art Museum’s permanent collection including examples from the Raymond Jonson Collection. Admission to the Museum and all public programs is free. Regular hours are: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and during evening public programs. For more information call (505) 277-4001 or visit the UNM Art Museum Web site.

The University of New Mexico Student Union Building

The University of New Mexico Student Union maintains the highest standard in student support, services and programming in order to promote a strong sense of community. At the Student Union Building (SUB), UNM students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests can congregate and socialize in an environment that promotes an appreciation for diversity.

The SUB is a convenient place for students, faculty and staff to study, hang out and grab a bite to eat. One of the biggest conveniences offered by the SUB is that it is centrally located on campus to accommodate UNM community needs and extracurricular activities.

SUB Programs and Services
The SUB is home to more than 60 chartered student organizations housed in offices found on the Plaza Level. A space allocation process assigns offices and storage space to selected student organizations. ASUNM, GPSA, and Student Activities offices are also located in the SUB.

The SUB has wireless networking inside and outside of the building and in the Lobo Computer Lab, making the SUB a very computer-friendly environment. Additionally, data ports are conveniently installed throughout the entire building. The e-mail station, located on the Plaza Level, allows student convenient access to e-mail.

In addition to being a technologically advanced computing center, the SUB offers arts and crafts through the ASUNM Southwest Film Center and ASUNM Craft Studio. For fun, Louie's Lounge is located on the SUB’s Plaza Level, offering eight pool tables. Also located on the SUB’s Plaza Level are a barbershop and salon, four ATMs, a self-service copy machine, a full-service New Mexico Educator’s Federal Credit Union, a United States Postal Service Kiosk, Transportation Information Center Kiosk, and a Convenience Store.

The SUB is home to a broad range of entertaining, educational, and thought-provoking programs from Live @ Lunch concerts in the atrium and the midweek movie series, to the annual College Bowl competition. Holidays are always special at the SUB. The Pumpkin-Carving Contest, Roadrunner Food Bank Food Drive, Giving Tree, and Lobo Day celebration convey the good spirits of each season. These events engage the University community and encourage everyone to feel at home on campus.

Dining Options
The SUB, partnered with Chartwell’s, offers many different food options for the UNM community. Dining options include specialty restaurants featuring a soup, hot/cold sandwich shop, Italian eatery, sushi bar, Mexican restaurant and coffee shop. The SUB is home to nationally recognized restaurants. On-the-go items include fresh pastries, gourmet coffee and hot made-to-order sandwiches. There’s something for every craving at the SUB.

Event Planning
The SUB serves the University as the perfect place for meetings, conferences and special events. Equipped with 20 meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, audio-visual equipment, satellite conferencing capability and special setups, the SUB can accommodate students, faculty, staff and outside guests. Event services are available for chartered student organizations free of charge if there are no admission fees for the event, and discounted prices are available for UNM departments. The Event Planning and Scheduling Web site leads visitors to clear information about available resources, as well as an e-mail link to responsive staff for help in setting up academic and social events.

Catering is available upon request. The Student Union’s catering partner, Chartwell’s, meets the challenge of providing high-quality food for personal and institutional special events, while including a reasonably priced menu for student organizations meeting in the SUB. Our culinary and catering staff is comprised of trained professionals with combined expertise in a multitude of food service venues. Diverse menus are available; however, customized menus can also be created.

Contact Information
SUB Administration Office: 277-2331
SUB Welcome Desk: 277-5626
SUB Event Planning: 277-5498
University Catering: 277-5498
Louie's Lounge: 277-0340
UNM SUB Web site

Research Centers and Institutes

The Center for Advanced Research Computing (CARC) supports interdisciplinary, faculty-led, computing-based research throughout the University of New Mexico. The center also serves as the administrative unit for the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) certificate. The center’s primary mission is to provide high end computational, storage, and networking facilities in an environment that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and supports novel applications of computing across the breadth of academic disciplines. In addition to a variety of individual researchers, there are currently four resident research groups housed in the center: the CREATE (Center for Rapid Environmental Assessment and Terrain Evaluation) team from the College of Arts and Sciences, a digital photography group from the College of Fine Arts, a visualization team from the School of Engineering, and a data analysis group from the School of Medicine.

The Center for Advanced Studies is a research organization pursuing studies in theoretical quantum optics, laser physics, ultra sensitive laser interferometric techniques, statistical mechanics, theory of measurement and other areas of modern physics. It sponsors many visiting scientists and lecturers and has a close working relationship with the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Germany.

Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA) conducts research on the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of alcohol and drug use and the adverse consequences of use. CASAA provides significant prevention and treatment service to the region through these research programs, and provides valuable educational opportunities to future researchers and practitioners. Investigators are affiliated with the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Communication and Journalism, Economics, Psychiatry, and the Honors Program. CASAA provides extensive research training opportunities for pre- and post-doctoral fellows as well as undergraduate students. CASAA values transdisciplinary approaches to research problems, and sharing of research products with the larger scientific community. CASAA also works to facilitate the translation of empirical knowledge into real world applications to improve the quality of life, not only in the State of New Mexico, but also in other states and nations.

The Center for Biomedical Engineering (CBME) is dedicated to the creation of materials, devices and knowledge for the advancement of health care and biomedicine. It is an interdisciplinary center that coordinates research activities in biomedical engineering at UNM. CBME is a focal point for future educational activities in biomedical engineering, and serves as a portal for biotech interactions between UNM and National Laboratories, industry partnerships and other educational institutions within New Mexico and outside of New Mexico.

The Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to facilitating and expanding education policy research across the University and enhancing communication among university-based researchers, policy makers, and practitioners statewide in support of the search for solutions to the education problems that face New Mexico.

The Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) is an interdisciplinary research organization which sponsors and encourages research efforts in the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Departments. CHTM is a nationally respected center of excellence for research and education in opto-electronics, microelectronics, optics and material science; encouraging and strengthening interactions and the flow of technology between the University, government laboratories and private industry; and promoting and assisting economic development within New Mexico.

The Center for Micro-Engineered Materials (CMEM) is a research organization involving the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories and supporting industrial members. It carries out basic and applied research on ceramics problems of industrial significance. Participating graduate departments at the University of New Mexico include Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Earth and Planetary Sciences.

The Design Planning and Assistance Center (DPAC) is a research unit within the School of Architecture and Planning. This center is a community service organization, which provides environmental research and planning, and architectural design assistance to less privileged groups and individuals in New Mexico. Students perform this work for which they obtain studio credit.

Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC), a NASA-affiliated applied research center, specializes in remote sensing for natural resource applications. EDAC performs image processing, air photo and satellite image search and retrieval, and training and pilot projects for clients in government, university and private industry sectors. It also publishes an international quarterly review of remote sensing of the environment.

The Institute of Policy, Evaluation and Applied Research (IPEAR) consists of five underlying centers: the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR), the Center for Public Leadership (CPL), Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS), and the New Mexico Land Grant Council (NMLGC).

The BBER at the University of New Mexico is committed to contributing to the understanding of economic and demographic issues in New Mexico by collecting and disseminating information, providing technical expertise, and analyzing and conducting applied research for a diverse constituency including community organizations, businesses, labor unions, government officials, academia, students and others. Through these efforts, the BBER will further the public service and educational missions of the University of New Mexico and contribute to the economic well-being of New Mexico residents.

The CEPR is committed to providing better access to data for policymakers, practitioners and community members so that they may better understand its meaning and implications; fostering and sustaining a rigorous, broad-based education research program for the benefit of New Mexicans; assembling teams of leading policy analysts and social scientists to work with school data on key educational issues and problems facing our state; creating new venues in which policymakers, practitioners, and researchers can regularly use educational data to address current issues; cultivating a new generation of scholars focused on educational data and policy impact; and working toward economic sustainability as an independent entitiy and valued partner in helping New Mexico improve its education system.

The CPL plays a critical role to build and exercise a deep understanding of and expertise in global public leadership through research, innovation, and academics, The major initiatives of the CPL are: 1) the Latin American Institute for Public Policy and Leadership, 2) the Latin American Science and Technology Initiatives, 3) the David Korenfeld Center in Water Governance Studies, and 4) public leadership capacity building.

GPS contains two research groups, the Population Studies Group and the Traffic Safety Research Unit (formerly Division of Government Research). These groups provide annual state and county population estimates as well as state and county population projections each third year. Currently, the program is expanding to include recurrent city and census tract estimates as part of the small-area population estimates program, which also produces other small-area population estimates and projections through contract work on a project basis. The data generated by GPS is used widely by state and local legislators, health professionals, school boards, community and resource planners, traffic planners, and water use planners. GPS staff have extensive experience and technical expertise in applied mathematical demography, population estimates and projections, and spatially-explicit population modeling. On a contract basis, these skills are applied to a wide variety of demographic analyses accessing policy, economic and other impacts.

The NMLGC at UNM was established to provide support to the New Mexico Land Grant Council. The UNM NMLGC focuses on being a land grant support program to provide advice and assistance to land grants, and to assist the Council in being a liaison between land grants and the federal, state and local governments. 

The Institute for Astrophysics is organized to coordinate research, professional and educational activities in Astrophysics along the Rio Grande corridor. It sponsors symposia and colloquia for professional continuing education. It has acquired sophisticated computers for research as well as graduate and undergraduate education and operates the Capilla Peak Observatory on a year-round basis while coordinating its activities with the VLA, Sac Peak and the National Laboratories.

The Institute for Environmental Education is co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and Planning. It combines academic teaching and research, as well as teacher-training, on environmental qualities with special emphasis on school environments as they relate to human behavior. It promotes public awareness in these areas. Students have an opportunity to participate in its activities and can obtain credit.

The Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (ISNPS) is an academically-based, self-supported research and development organization with focuses on space science and advanced technology research, development and commercialization, and on providing education and research opportunities for students, faculty and the community. The mission of the Institute is to perform basic and applied research, develop partnership with industry, enable technology application and commercial development, provide technical and professional training, organize and conduct technical forums and promote and sponsor educational outreach activities in higher education and K–12. ISNPS laboratory facilities include a Heat Transfer and Heat Pipe Laboratory, a Thermionics Laboratory, Laser Application Laboratory and a Research and Technology Laboratory.

The Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) promotes research, teaching and outreach on Latin American and Iberian topics in a variety of disciplines. It provides administrative support for the interdisciplinary Latin American Studies program of the College of Arts and Sciences and seeks and distributes financial support for scholarly initiatives involving Latin America and Iberia. LAII administers the University of New Mexico study abroad programs in Latin America and Iberia, including semester exchanges as well as short-term intensive language programs. It provides a full range of outreach services, including support for K–12 teachers through the Center for Latin American Resources and Outreach (CLARO) as well as the online Resources for Teaching About the Americas (RetaNet) community of learning; an online news service (Latin America Data Base) that publishes three weekly bulletins on Latin American politics and economic events (NotiSur, NotiCen and SourceMex); the Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC); and the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA).

The Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) is an interdisciplinary research center for Southwest Hispanic Studies. It conducts projects in-house as well as in collaboration with departmental faculty on-campus and with similar research units at other universities in the region.

Graduate Teaching Academy

Graduate Studies, in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning, is pleased to offer the Graduate Teaching Academy for all UNM graduate students who are teaching (or planning to teach) college courses. Students in the Academy will acquire teaching techniques and technologies, improve their course design skills, receive technical support, and prepare for careers in college teaching. The Academy is a combination of courses, teaching workshops, and classroom teaching experience in the home department. Those who complete the Academy training will receive a non-transcripted certificate in college teaching, which will enhance their CVs and improve their chances of placement as faculty and lecturers at colleges and universities.

Contact information:
phone: (505) 277-8452

Welcome Center

The University of New Mexico Welcome Center, attached to the Cornell Parking Garage adjacent to Johnson Center and the Center for the Arts, invites all campus visitors and prospective and current students to stop by for information, directions and assistance. The Center has brochures, maps, continuing education catalogs and information on athletic events, performing arts events, museum and gallery exhibits, plus other special events happening on campus.

Stop by the Welcome Center and let us assist you with your University needs.

Contact information:
phone: (505) 277-1989

UNM Parent Association

The Parent Association’s mission is to promote student success and academic excellence, engage parents in the university’s mission and goals, empower parents to play a supportive role in student education, and provide a forum for networking. As a parent or family member of a UNM student, it is important for you to feel connected with the institution and other parents or family members who are having similar experiences. The Association provides opportunities to parents such as the annual Family Weekend and Parent Day at the Pit for families to connect with their students and the University. The Association’s free monthly newsletter provides useful information to parents of important programs, events, activities and opportunities for them and their student. Membership to the association is free and open to all parents of currently enrolled students and alumni. For more information, visit the UNM Parent Association Web site.

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