University of the Southwest
Hobbs, NM 88240


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Rural
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 1,088
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 245 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

University of the Southwest is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 263 applications and 173 students were granted admission. University of the Southwest is at the #64 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

In Fall 2016, 32% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 12% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT742 to 970
ACT15 to 21
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, University of the Southwest's tuition was $15,456 for all students regardless of residency (42.3% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 99% of University of the Southwest's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 55% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $2,470 (which is 43.9% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at University of the Southwest in 2016-2017, was 69, which is 78% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $2,910 (which is 50.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, University of the Southwest has enrolled a total of 1,088 students (491 students full-time and 597 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 1,088 students, 111 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 41% men and 59% women and 530 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 558 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 660 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 33%

Hispanic: 28%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 18%

Black/African American: 16%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 0%

Two or more races: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at University of the Southwest.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 44% 321 103
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 19% 136 34
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 9% 68 14
Health Professions And Related Programs 9% 63 21
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 5% 38 2
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 2% 12
Psychology 2% 12 0
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1% 10
History 0% 2
Theology And Religious Vocations 0% 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of University of the Southwest full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of University of the Southwest graduates 6 years after enrollment is $30,400. Last year, out of the total 146 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 146 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 327 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 278 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $30,400 $38,900
Employment Rate 100% 85%
Total Graduates 146 327

Campus Location

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