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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, teacher education, nursing, fine arts, humanities and sciences.

Fifty full-time faculty and approximately 160 part-time faculty provide instruction toward the completion of over 90 Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree and Certificate programs.

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.

A two-campus institution, with the historic campus in El Rito and a larger campus with greater student population in Española, Northern serves an average of 1700 students per semester.