Western New Mexico University
- Established on February 11, 1893
- We've had four names: Normal School, New Mexico State Teacher's College, New Mexico Western College, Western New Mexico University (1963)
- Five buildings are registered as cultural properties: Fleming Hall, Graham Gymnasium, Hunter Hall, Light Hall, Ritch Hall
- Longest tradition: the Great Race, established in 1967
- We've had 15 Presidents. Dr. Joseph Shepard was inaugurated in 2011.
- More than 3,700 students attend our five campuses and online
- 50% of our undergrads are Hispanic and we are designated as an Hispanic Serving Institution
- Classes on average are about 18 students in size
- 500 degrees are awarded each year
- 18 countries are represented in our student body
- Our mascot is Rawhide. Our colors are Royal Purple and Golden Yellow.
- More than 70 fields of study are offered from accounting to zoology.
- Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the Professional Standards Commission of the State of New Mexico, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
- We offer fully online master and bachelor degrees.
- The world's largest permanent collection of Mimbres pottery is found in our University Museum.
Life on Campus
- Our main campus is spread across 83 acres on a hill.
- We have hills, sunny skies and awesome views.
- Historic traditions like the Great Race and Painting of the W are celebrated each year.
- Mustangs compete in RMAC Division II with teams in softball, volleyball, football and men's and women's basketball, golf, cross country and tennis.