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Why Choose NORTHERN?

Opportunity, Quality, Value!


NORTHERN New Mexico College is the most affordable four-year college in New Mexico.


NORTHERN offers bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in diverse areas of study, including:

  • Arts & Human Sciences (Psychology, Criminal Justice, Humanities, Media & Art, Self-Design)
  • Barbering & Cosmetology
  • Fully online Business Administration & Entrepreneurship
  • Film & Digital Media Arts
  • Language & Letters
  • Nursing & Health Sciences (Associate Degree Nursing, RN to BSN)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
  • Fully online Teacher Education (Early Childhood and Elementary Education)
  • Career & Technical Fields (Plumbing and Electrical Technology, Radiation Control & Protection)


NORTHERN New Mexico College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604,  www.hlcommission.org 800.621.7440, and holds national accreditation in the following academic areas:

  • Bachelor's & Associate Degrees in Business Administration are ACBSP accredited.
  • Bachelor in Information Engineering Technology is accredited by ABET.
  • Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by ACEN.
  • RN to BSN Nursing degree is accredited by CCNE.
  • Bachelor's & Associate Degrees in our College of Education are NCATE/CAEP accredited.

Barbering and Cosmetology are approved by their respective state licensing boards.


NORTHERN employs more than 40 experienced, full-time faculty and 22 full-time PhD faculty. Classes are small and personal. Average class sizes at NORTHERN range from 12-15 students, allowing you to get personal, one-on-one instruction from faculty.


NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth in all areas of study.

Northern is the place for UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH.  @NORTHERN, you can dive right in to research experience early in your college career. Examples of student research and field experience opportunities include:

  • Biology of the Cell Nucleus Lab
  • Annual Academic Research, Creativity & Scholarship Symposium (ARCSS)
  • Environmental Science & Ecology Field Research at Valles Caldera
  • Wildland Fire Science Research in Carson National Forest
  • Presenting research at the Native American Indigenous Studies Association in Washington D.C. (2015).
  • Research internships at Los Alamos National Labs and exchanges with partner schools
  • Community-oriented clinical and research experiences in Nursing & Health sciences
  • Mobile app development in Information Engineering Technologies


Student life @NORTHERN is unique and diverse. Campus organizations include:

  • American Indian Student Organization (AISO)
  • ASNNMC Student Senate
  • Business Club
  • Chess Club
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Music Club
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Travel Club
  • Trickster Literary Journal
Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
Northern New Mexico College is the most affordable 4-year college in the Southwestern US. Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, and our experienced faculty. We provide students with unique opportunities for academic, personal, and professional growth, small class sizes, personalized attention, and strong hands-on experiences from day one.
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.