Highlands University in Rio Rancho

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Convenient and close to home!
At New Mexico Highlands University in Rio Rancho, you can earn your bachelor’s or master’s degree with courses designed to accommodate your schedule.

If you’re advancing your career or launching a new one, Highlands – Rio Rancho is the place to start. We offer an excellent choice of undergraduate and graduate courses in business and education, as well as undergraduate courses in social work, at one of the lowest reported tuition rates in the United States. Highlands – Rio Rancho also offers an all-online MBA program and a RN-BSN program.

We make transferring from CNM easy!
New Mexico Highlands wants to help you reach your goals. That’s why we offer a convenient 2+2 program with CNM. Spend your first two years completing an AA or AAS degree at CNM, then transfer to Highlands-Rio Rancho to complete your bachelor’s degree.  You can also take CNM classes while enrolled at Highlands. An agreement between Highlands and CNM allows you to be dual enrolled and receive financial aid for courses taken at both institutions.

To transfer into undergraduate programs in teacher education or business at NMHU – Rio Rancho, students must:
· Be officially classified as a junior or senior by the start of their first semester at Highlands – Rio Rancho.
· Complete their program of study’s lower-division core requirements (as they are prerequisites to the upper-division NMHU coursework).
· Possess a minimum of 35 transferable credits, and/or an AA or AS degree from a regionally accredited college/university.

Why Highlands?
Most universities talk about small class sizes and personal attention. Highlands University means it. That’s why we’re consistently rated #1 for student satisfaction. But don’t take our word for it. We invite you to drop by and meet our students and faculty.

Learn More Today!
Seize the opportunity and advance your career–offering undergraduate and graduate programs in education, business, counseling, criminal justice, psychology and social work. Click here for a list of degrees and certificates available through the Rio Rancho Center. To learn more about the programs at Highlands – Rio Rancho, contact us at 505.891.6900 or fill out the form above.

Real Estate Courses at the Rio Rancho Center
Academy of Real Estate is offering classes required to get a real estate license as well as Continuing Education courses for current licensees. THESE COURSES DO NOT COUNT TOWARDS CREDIT AT NMHU. Click here for more information.

Staff Contacts

1700 Grande Blvd SE #100,
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

Staff Contacts:

Charley Ford
Admissions, Registration & Scheduling Specialist,
Financial Aid & Business Office

Laura LaCour-Johnson
Recruitment & Transfer Specialist

Loretta Garcia
Senior Administrative Assistant

Ronnette Ortiz,
School of Education Administrative Assistant