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  • Western New Mexico University

  • University's History

    • 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.
  • Demographics

    • 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.
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  • Distinguishing Factors

    • 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.
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