The University of New Mexico

We Come from a Place of Pride

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After all, The University of New Mexico is an R1 research institution. That means we’re a “Highest Research Activity” doctoral university according to the prestigious Carnegie Classification—one of only 115 such institutions in the country and the only one in the state. And perhaps even more impressive is our distinction as a minority-majority university. The majority of our student body identify as multi-ethnic or as racial minorities, which means points of view are as expansive as our landscape. This leads not just to different solutions being discovered, but to entirely different challenges being addressed and real-world problems being solved. Students, faculty and staff excel together in a wide range of research, from neuroscience to anthropology. 

Expect a mind-broadening collaborative environment unlike any other.

“Learning and discovery are central to our mission and interconnected to driving economic and social prosperity in New Mexico. UNM continues to work with our state’s primary economic drivers–generating an ecology of innovation that fosters a dynamic economy built on ongoing innovation. UNM faculty are engaged in a remarkable and diverse array of research and creative work at the leading edges of knowledge and innovation.”

– Garnett S. Stokes, UNM President

Grand Challenges at the University of New Mexico

Research, innovation and collaboration are part of our institutional DNA. As New Mexico’s flagship institution, we will draw upon our research excellence and creative innovation to address issues of importance to New Mexico and effect positive changes in our community.

The UNM Grand Challenges Initiative (GCI) is an opportunity to broaden our student and faculty perspectives and better serve New Mexico by providing opportunities to collaborate through interdisciplinary research and problem-solving.

The University of New Mexico: An Economic Engine

Faculty, staff and students at The University of New Mexico conduct cutting-edge research across a spectrum of disciplines and attract a generous amount of funding each year. And, our technology-transfer and economic-development organization, STC.UNM, was created specifically to foster innovation and entrepreneurship by helping UNM researchers commercialize their inventions, which drives our state’s economy.

Our research is a core component of New Mexico’s innovation ecosystem and high-tech industry, and creates highly qualified individuals for our workforce. All of which keep our economy firing on all cylinders.

“Research universities are big economic drivers for their communities. The learning and discovery missions that are central to these institutions are interconnected to the mission to drive economic and social prosperity. UNM is making a large economic contribution to our state.”

– Garnett S. Stokes, UNM President




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