Northern New Mexico College is a two-year and four-year degree granting comprehensive institution of higher learning. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northern offers degrees in business administration, engineering & technology, teacher education, nursing, fine arts, humanities and social services, and the sciences.
Founded in 1909 as the Spanish-American Normal School in El Rito, the institution's original mission was to train the area's Spanish speakers to become teachers. In 1977, Northern became the state's first designated Community College, and 2005 became New Mexico's newest baccalaureate granting institution.
Over fifty full-time faculty and approximately 150 part-time faculty provide instruction toward the completion of baccalaureate degree, associate degree and certificate programs. To explore Northern's academic offerings, please see our Degrees & Certificates and Colleges & Department pages.
Note: In 2014, Northern completed a review of the total credit hours required to earn an associate and bachelor’s degree, leading to a reduction of required hours to 60 and 120 respectively for most degrees. Due to accreditation requirements and other industry regulations, some degrees may require additional hours.