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Congratulations, you did it! You made the decision to start a new life path, and we’re glad you chose New Mexico Highlands University. From this point on, you’re part of a unique family who will cheer you on and be there for you all the way. We believe in you, and we believe in your dreams.

Campus Life

Arts @ HU series brings top-notch cultural events to campus, including music, comedy, dance, magic, theater, and more. Students have the opportunity to participate in activities hosted in the Las Vegas and surrounding communities as well, like watching first-run movies, bowling, attending seasonal events, and going to museums. The fun doesn’t stop there. Dancing, food, and lots of other fun regularly takes place on campus. You can check out Las Vegas events, restaurants and more on the city’s website, www.visitlasvegasnm.com

Enjoy the Outdoors

What’s the best way to explore the amazing scenery around our campus? Our Outdoor Recreation Center! Students can borrow items like bikes and tents to explore our national forests, wildlife refuges and ski areas. The center even organizes ski trips, hiking trips and other outings.

If tearing down a singletrack isn’t on your list, there’s still a lot to do around campus, from exploring local communities to enjoying art in Taos or Santa Fe. You can easily plan your New Mexico adventure on the state’s website www.newmexico.org.

Clubs & Organizations

NMHU has more than 50 clubs and organizations where you can meet new friends who share your interests. Clubs represent unique interests that include education, social, sports and religion. One of our club sports, the Vatos rugby team even won back-to-back National Small College Rugby championships. For a complete list of clubs, click here!

If leadership is your superpower, you can even run for office in the Associated Students of New Mexico Highlands University, the institution’s student government body.

Academic and Career Resources

We believe in your success both in the classroom and after you graduate. To help you achieve your goals and dreams, New Mexico Highlands provides a number of services to keep you going:

  • Career Services Office and career fairs,
  • The Thomas C. Donnelly Library, one of plenty quiet places to study and explore readings,
  • 24/7 online tutoring to help you succeed in every class,
  • First Year Experience/Learning Communities, to meet new friends who share your interests,
  • The Native American Center, home to many resources to Native students,
  • ARMAS, a peer-to-peer space where science, math and technology run free,
  • HU Learning Center, a great place with all the tools for study groups,
  • The Highlands Language Learning Center,
  • and the Highlands University Writing Center.

Health and Wellness Resources

At New Mexico Highlands, we care about your well-being. We’re here to help you get through life’s challenges or build a healthier you through our programs like:

  • HU-CARES (Center for Advocacy Resources Education & Support),
  • The NMHU Student Health Center,
  • NMHU Wellness Program,
  • and the NMHU Fitness Center.

Meet your family!

For more than a century, we’ve been helping students achieve their dreams. Meet some of the people who came before you:

Ben Ray Lujan graduated from New Mexico Highlands in 2007 and has recently been reelected as a U.S. Representative for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Job creation, reforming health insurance, building a clean energy economy, and standing up for consumers have been key priorities for Congressman Lujan.

Ane Romero is an award-winning mental health advocate who has written one of the state’s earliest pieces of mental health legislation while still in college. She graduated with her bachelor’s and master’s from Highlands University, recently ran for a seat in New Mexico’s House of Representatives, District 15, represented the state as Miss New Mexico in 2005, and is currently serving on the NMHU Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

Hector Balderas graduated from New Mexico Highlands in 1998 and is now New Mexico’s attorney general. In 2006, at the age of 33, he was the youngest Hispanic elected official in 2006 when he successfully ran for New Mexico state auditor.

Don Woods completed three years of education at New Mexico Highlands before being drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He was traded to the San Diego Chargers and was named Rookie of the Year 1974. He finished up his football career with the San Francisco 49ers. He went on to become an educator, coach, and mentor for 16 years in the Albuquerque Public School system.

David James Baker is an American filmmaker who graduated with his master’s from Highlands University in 2003. Baker is the writer-director of Portraits of the Southwest, a documentary series produced by Public Television for Southern New Mexico and West Texas. Portraits of the Southwest profiles people and their environments in the American Southwest.

Stephanie Gurule-Leyba has been a Santa Fe Capital High School teacher for 21 years and is a 1999 graduate of Highlands University. She was just chosen as New Mexico Teacher of the Year for 2017. She will represent New Mexico in the National Teacher of the Year competition in Washington, D.C.

Keith Jardine is 1998 graduate of Highlands University and retired American mixed martial artist. Building on experience as a stuntman and in non-speaking parts, Jardine has established himself as an actor in film and television.

Melissa Kovac is a 2005 graduate of Highlands University and was just awarded the prestigious Milken Educator Award, recognizing her commitment to her students, their families and the community. She is a second grade teacher at Amy Biehl Community School in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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