Taos Campus

The University of New Mexico–Taos

Mary Gutierrez, Ed.D., Chancellor
1157 County Road 110
Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico 87557
(575) 737-6204

The University of New Mexico–Taos, a branch campus since July 1, 2003, operates a two-year post-secondary institution that serves Taos and the surrounding counties.  As a community college, UNM-Taos provides associate degrees in traditional academic programs as well as short-term certificates in trades and industry programs to meet the needs of the regional workforce. 

One of the four branch campuses of UNM, UNM-Taos is a comprehensive community college and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). As the only institution of higher learning within a 50-mile radius, nestled between the Rio    Grande and Taos Pueblo in the north-central region of New Mexico, UNM-Taos epitomizes a community college that is tightly connected to the unique rural, multi-cultural, historically rich communities that it serves.  

UNM–Taos offers a robust high school dual enrollment program, whereby students can simultaneously earn credit toward a high school diploma and an associate degree at no charge, while exploring academic pathways and experiencing college life. 

UNM-Taos offers many programs specific to special populations, such as the Upward Bound Math and Science for high school students in STEM, Veteran's Upward Bound, which supports active military and Veterans to assimilate to college life, and TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), which serves first-generation students with mentorship, cultural activities, and leadership opportunities.

Mission Statement

The University of New Mexico–Taos branch campus serves students from northern New Mexico and the larger community with comprehensive educational opportunities in order to better prepare them to successfully participate in the world as educated, skilled, creative and responsible individuals. The Taos campus is an open-access, student-centered, affordable college that offers dual-credit, basic skills, transfer, career-technical, workforce training and lifelong learning courses and programs.

UNM-Taos provides:

  • a high-quality learning environment for all students;
  • a wide range of academic programs culminating in the awarding of Associate degrees;
  • a wide range of career-technical programs culminating in certificates and degrees for students who seek career-related employment in business, industry, government, and health care;
  • a transfer program to include a wide range of general education and pre-professional courses which normally articulate with Baccalaureate degree-granting institutions;
  • a diversified program of academic and career-technical courses to allow for the achievement of individual educational goals involving professional or technical skills development, professional recertification and/or personal interest;
  • non-credit continuing adult education services to the community in the areas of business and professional training, personal development, cultural enrichment, and recreational activities;
  • developmental education courses to acquire the basic verbal, quantitative, and cognitive skills necessary for a student's successful transition into college-level study;
  • an array of student support services that include faculty and staff academic advisement and career counseling, diagnostic and placement testing, financial aid, and human development opportunities readily accessible to all students.

Certificate Programs. Short-term certificate programs are offered in many high-demand industries, offering access to employment at the competition of the program.  Current certificates include:

3D Printing, Business Computers, Commercial Driver's License (CDL), Community Health, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts, Dental Assisting Science, Digital Graphic Design, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Medical Services EMT Basic, Emergency Medical Services EMT Intermediate, Entrepreneurship, Holistic Health and Healing Arts, Hospitality Management, Human Services, Information Technology, Integrative Massage Therapy, Nursing Assistant (CNA), Office Technology, and Woodworking.

Associate Degrees. Associate degrees are currently awarded in Digital Media Arts, Early Childhood Education, Education, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fine Arts, General Studies, Liberal Arts (multiple areas of focus), Nursing, Pre-Business Administration, and Pre-Sciences (multiple areas of focus).

Academic Transfer Program. The University of New Mexico–Taos is authorized to offer any 1000- or 2000-level course from The University of New Mexico Catalog (Main Campus).

Workforce Training/ Job placement The University of New Mexico–Taos offers non-credit, short-term courses and workshops for educational, professional, and personal enrichment, as well as workplace development training for area businesses. UNM–Taos offers Career Counseling that provides career advisement to current and potential students and alumni. UNM–Taos also offers assessments and will work with students on developing resumes and cover letters, and prepare for that important interview.

ABE/HSE/ELL. Special classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), Basic Literacy, and High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) preparation are offered through the campus’ Taos Education and Career Center (TECC).

Student Supports

Center for Academic Success and Achievement. The Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) is dedicated to supporting the UNM–Taos community by providing testing, tutoring, supplemental academic support, technology support, and accessibility services. CASA has a formal testing center, mathematics and learning lab, and writing studio.

Library. The UNM–Taos Library is open to everyone and provides computers for academic use, which includes research databases, eBooks, email, word processing programs, and all computer applications taught at UNM–Taos.

Student Resource Navigation. Dedicated staff help connect students to academic, social, and material supports. Led by a community health worker, UNM-Taos has a robust referral system to ensure student access to basic needs (food, housing, transportation) and mental/physical health providers. The CHW works with tutors and advisors to provide a more comprehensive approach to addressing barriers to success, both on and off-campus.

Integrated Education and Training (IET).  A comprehensive IET model of academic and social-emotional supports combines academic supports, wrap around services and integrates in-demand skills to be successful in the workforce.  IET is incorporated either within the program or as corequisites for Early Childhood, Emergency Medical Technician, Nursing, Community Health, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes.

Financial Literacy.  UNM-Taos offers a custom-designed financial literacy online training program, and integrated this work into financial aid sessions, New Student Orientation, First Year Experience (FYEX), Adult Basic Education (ABE), math classes, and stand-alone workshops.

Information. For more information about the University of New Mexico–Taos and its programs, contact the University of New Mexico–Taos at 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico 87557, (575) 737-6215, email taos@unm.edu, or visit the UNM Taos Branch Web site.

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