The Full Wiki

University of New Mexico: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

University of New Mexico
Albuquerque (Main Campus)
University of New Mexico Seal
Motto Lux Hominum Vita (Latin) "Life, the Light of Men."
Established 1889
Type Public University
Endowment $279.7 million[1]
President David J. Schmidly
Staff 1,838
Students 27,304 [2]
Undergraduates 19,611
Location Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Campus Urban, 600 acres (2.4 km²)
Athletics 16 varsity teams
Colors Cherry and Silver         
Mascot Lobo
University of New Mexico logo

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Founded in 1889, it offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs in the arts, sciences, and engineering. Its Albuquerque campus currently encompasses over 600 acres (2.4 km²), and there are branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, and in Valencia County. Coordinates: 35°05′02″N 106°37′07″W / 35.08389°N 106.61861°W / 35.08389; -106.61861



Mesa Vista Hall.

The main (Albuquerque) campus is located between Central Avenue on the south, Girard Boulevard on the east, Lomas Boulevard on the north, and University Boulevard on the west. The North Campus, which includes the medical and law schools, is located on the north side of Lomas. The South campus is centered around the intersection of University Boulevard and Avenida César Chavez and includes most of UNM's athletic facilities.

Appearance and developments

The UNM campus is noted for its unique Pueblo Revival architectural style, introduced when the university's third president, William G. Tight, plastered over the Victorian-style Hodgin Hall to create a monument to Pueblo Indian culture. Vilified for his primitivism, Tight soon found himself removed from office. History vindicated him, however, and his vision found new life under university architect John Gaw Meem. Meem, a famed Santa Fe architect, designed many university buildings in the pueblo style, including Zimmerman Library and Scholes Hall, and is credited with imbuing the campus with its distinctive Southwestern feel.

Many main campus buildings have recently been updated, such as a $5.8 million renovation of the historic Communication and Journalism building.[3] In addition to its remodeling efforts, UNM has constructed several new buildings on its main campus including the $42 million Centennial Engineering Center[4] and a 108,000-square-foot Architecture and Planning building.[5]

George Pearl Hall, Architecture School.


The University of New Mexico developed an Office of Sustainability to address sustainability on campus and beyond. [6] In order to lessen its environmental impact, The University of New Mexico created the Energy Conservation Initiative and has reduced the campus energy usage by 13.4% in its first 10 months through monitoring and retrofitting cooling, heating, water, and lighting technologies. [7] Due to these efforts, the University of New Mexico’s grade on the College Sustainability Report Card 2009 improved from a “C” to a “B” according to the Sustainable Endowments Institute. [8]


The Dane Smith Hall.
The Duck Pond.

The University of New Mexico offers more than 215 degree and certificate programs, including 94 baccalaureate, 71 masters and 37 doctoral degrees.[9]

The School of Engineering is ranked 14th in the Princeton Review Top 20 Graduate Engineering Programs.[10]

For the 13th consecutive year, US News & World Report ranked the UNM School of Medicine in the top 15 primary care-oriented medical schools in the country.[11] In its "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue for 2006, the UNM Health Sciences Center's curriculum received the following rankings: 5th in Rural Medicine, 3rd in Nursing Midwifery, 5th in Family Medicine, 6th in Primary Care, 5th in Community Health, 15th in Family Nurse Practitioner, and 23rd in Occupational Therapy. The University of New Mexico School of Law is currently ranked 68th in the country and has steadily climbed in the USNews rankings. The Clinical Law program in particular is one of the best in the country according to US News & World Report, coming in at #5 nationwide.[12] Also according to US News ranking the school is the 5th best graduate school in photography.[13]

The University of New Mexico Model United Nations team is one of the top ranked teams in the country. They have won Multiple Awards at several different competitions, most notably the Harvard World Model United Competition in Geneva, Switzerland and Puebla, Mexico. They have also competed and won awards at the St. Mary's University Model Organization of American States Conference.[14]


UNM Athletics Logo.
For current information on this topic, see 2009–10 New Mexico Lobos basketball team.

The school's athletic teams (known as the Lobos) compete in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobo mascots are named Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy. The official school colors are cherry and silver.

UNM maintains strong athletic rivalries with New Mexico State University. The UNM-NMSU rivalry is represented by the Rio Grande Rivalry, a series based on points awarded to the winners of head to head competitions between the two universities in every sport. A rotating trophy is granting to the winning university for a period of one year, until the award presentation the following year. The rivalry is celebrated at UNM by the Red Rally, a large bonfire that takes place the Thursday before the UNM-NMSU football game.

The Lobo basketball team is famous for its venue, University Arena, better known as "The Pit." The Pit may be best known as the site of the 1983 NCAA basketball championship, in which North Carolina State University, coached by Jim Valvano, upset the University of Houston. The Lobo football team plays at University Stadium, which is located across the street from the Pit.

The UNM football team has been to four bowl games in the past five years, visiting the Las Vegas Bowl in 2002 and 2003 and the Emerald Bowl in 2004. Placekicker Katie Hnida made history in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl when she became the first woman to play in a NCAA Division I-A game, attempting but missing an extra point in the Lobos's 27–13 loss to UCLA. She later attempted and made two extra points in UNM's 72–8 victory over Texas State. New Mexico also lost its 2003 and 2004 bowl games, making its record in bowl games 2–8–1. The football team went to the first year of the New Mexico Bowl in 2006 and lost to San Jose State University, 20–12. In 2007 the Lobos finished the regular season 8–4 and were invited to the New Mexico Bowl for the second straight season. The Lobos shut out the favored Nevada Wolfpack 23-0 to win their first bowl game since the 1961 Aviation Bowl.

The UNM Women's Basketball team has won the Mountain West championship for four of the past five years, and have gone to the NCAA Tournament for the past six consecutive years.

Both University Stadium and University Arena commenced intensive renovation projects in the first quarter of 2009.


UNM owns and operates KUNM-FM, one of two National Public Radio stations in Albuquerque. In 2008, KUNM-FM won 16 Associated Press awards, including Station of the Year.[15] UNM also owns and operates the University of New Mexico Press, its publishing arm established in 1929.[16] With Albuquerque Public Schools, UNM also operates KNME-TV, Albuquerque's public television station. In 2008, KNME-TV celebrated its 50 year anniversary. It currently broadcasts in High Definition Digital on two channels, English and Spanish.[17] The Daily Lobo is UNM's student-run daily newspaper and is an award-winning publication serving the metro area.[18]

Notable people



Points of interest


  • NM CareerMatch: The University of New Mexico is part of NM CareerMatch, an innovative program funded by a $400,000 WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) grant, which is under the US Department of Labor. UNM is the host of the NM CareerMatch website platform, which facilitates connections between employers needing to fill job positions and skilled graduates of New Mexico universities and colleges looking for jobs.[4]



  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ "UNM Sustainability Home". University of New Mexico. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  7. ^ "UNM Cuts Energy Usage 13.4%, Reduces Utility Spending by $2.4 Million". University of New Mexico. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  8. ^ "College Sustainability Report Card 2009". Sustainable Endowments Institute. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ The Princeton Review: The Top 20 Graduate Engineering Programs
  11. ^ America's Best Graduate Schools 2008: Medicine: Rural Medicine
  12. ^ America's Best Graduate Schools 2008: Law: Clinical Training
  13. ^ [2]
  14. ^ [3]
  15. ^
  16. ^ University of New Mexico Press
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^ a b
  20. ^ University of New Mexico NROTC Sun Line Vol. III No. 1 November 1964
  21. ^ Frank Hibben Funds New UNM Anthropology Building
  22. ^ University of New Mexico NROTC Sun Line Vol.IV No.1 November 1965
  23. ^ Schudel, Matt (2007-12-24). "Terry Yates, 57; biologist found source of hantavirus". Washington Post (Boston Globe). Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  24. ^ Books by Jerry Thompson listed in WorldCat
  25. ^ Pace, Eric (December 29, 1997). "John Adair, 84, Anthropologist Who Studied Navajo Culture" (in English). New York Times (New York City, New York: New York Times). Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  26. ^ Clifford Barnett; Richard Chalfen, James C. Faris, Susan Brown McGreevy, Willow Roberts Powers (Autumn 1999). "John Adair, 1913-1997: Work across the Anthropological Spectrum" (in English). Journal of Anthropological Research (Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico) 55 (3): 429–445. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 

External links

Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address