Campus Life

At New Mexico Highlands University, we offer a number of support services and entertainment events free to students. Life at NMHU is about activating your passions! We have plenty of ways to have fun, explore, and make lifelong friends. Our students are exposed to on-campus concerts, comedy shows, and much more!

Adventure & Outdoors

It’s not all about the books.

Las Vegas, New Mexico is nestled into a unique geological landscape. It’s a setting created from ancient volcanic eruptions, whose legacy includes broad mountains, local hot springs and the open meadows that gave Las Vegas its Spanish name. No wonder there is so much to do when you need a break!

The Outdoor Recreation Center makes it easy for you to take advantage of all this. We provide the opportunities to explore – think snowboarding, hiking, and skiing trips – and we lend you all the equipment you need to make the most of it! Campers can borrow essentials like two- to 10-person tents, camp chairs, cookstoves, backpacks, sleeping bags, and headlamps. Love the water? We’ll lend you anything from a fishing rod to a kayak. We also have mountain bikes and helmets for your use. All you have to do is return everything undamaged, and make plans for your next adventure off the pages.

Clubs & Organizations

Highlands encourages students to look beyond the classroom. The Office of Campus Life oversees several clubs and organizations that are established by students. Each club represents a unique interest, both educational and academic in nature. Every chartered club and organization is open to all Highlands students.

  • Archaeology Club
  • Art Club
  • ASL (American Sign Language) Club
  • Association of Latino Professionals for America
  • Astronomy Club
  • Catholic Cowboy-Newman
  • Conservation Club
  • Delta Mu Delta
  • Fire Escape Bible Club
  • Gamma Alpha Omega Alumnae Chapter
  • Highlands Haciendas
  • Highlands Leadership Council
  • Hispanic Culture & Language Association
  • HUGS (Highlands University Geological Society)
  • International Club
  • International Service Group
  • Media Arts Club
  • Music Appreciate Society
  • National Society of Leadership & Success
  • New Mexico Review
  • Native American Club
  • NMHU Alumni Zumba
  • NMHU Chemistry Club
  • NMHU Cheer
  • NMHU Disc Golf Club
  • NMHU Living in Faith Together (LIFT)
  • NMHU Men’s Soccer Club
  • NMHU Running Club
  • NMHU SAF Forestry Club
  • NMHU Women’s Soccer Club
  • Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Undergraduate Social Work Association
  • Vatos Rugby Club (RFC)

Concerts, Movies, & More

New Mexico Highlands University students have the opportunity to attend on-campus music concerts, comedy shows, and movies at no additional cost.

Past Shows
  • Josh Turner, country artist
  • Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, comedian
  • Black Violin, music
  • Cheech & Chong, comedy
  • Cinderella by State Street Ballet
  • Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
  • J Boog, reggae artist

“With the Campus Life Initiative, we wanted to provide a wide variety of quality entertainment options for students on or near campus, enriching their college experience and giving them memories to last a lifetime,” Minner said. “We also wanted the initiative to be good for economic development in Las Vegas and strengthen our partnerships with the business community. It’s gratifying that we’re starting to see both goals met, with Arts @ HU leading the way.”

Adele Ilfeld Auditorium is list on the National Register of Historic Places. Each week students at New Mexico Highlands University have the opportunity to watch the latest movies in theaters with our Cineflix in Ilfeld.


Students at New Mexico Highlands University come from 42 states, 19 tribes, and 36 countries. Students at NMHU enjoy the opportunity of being exposed to a multiplicity of ideas, life experiences, and perspectives.

Student Support Services

Academic Support
Accessibility Services
ARMAS Center (Tutoring)
Campus Police
Career Services
Donnelly Library
First Year Experience Learning Communities
Language Center
Native American Center
Outdoor Recreation Center
Swimming Pool
Writing Center