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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 Higher Learning Commission (, 800.621.7440).

Northern New Mexico College has five academic colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Education, and College of Nursing and Health Sciences. This is a New Mexico college featuring two campuses. The main campus is located at 921 N Paseo De Onate, Española, NM 87532. The second campus located at Highway 554, El Rito, NM 87530

We offer degrees in business administration, engineering & technology, teacher education, nursing, fine arts, humanities and social services, and the sciences. We are a comprehensive institution offering the most affordable bachelor's degree programs in the state and the southwest. 

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.

Thirty eight full-time faculty and approximately 85 part-time faculty provide instruction toward the completion of 15 baccalaureate degrees, 35 associate degree and 14 certificate programs. To explore Northern's academic offerings, please see our Degrees & Certificates and Colleges & Department pages.

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.

Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
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.