New Mexico Highlands University’s Rio Rancho Center has been in Rio Rancho since 1997. We house students, staff and faculty in a safe, clean, and friendly environment.
The Rio Rancho Center started out by providing the community with distance learning courses. We have now expanded to offer courses and degrees in teacher education, business administration, social work, and arts and sciences. We specialize in criminal justice, psychology, and university studies. The Rio Rancho Center also houses the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations.
NMHU’s Rio Rancho Center leads many outreach and community events, including a transfer partnership with CNM, in addition to other two-year community colleges. We also conduct outreach to local high schools, college and career fairs, and community events.
We always look for ways to develop partnerships with the local business community. In fact, the Rio Rancho Center is available for community groups and businesses to conduct their meetings. Email Charley Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-891-6910 to check on availability.
We welcome the opportunity to show you all that the NMHU Rio Rancho Center provides. Come and visit us!
1700 Grande Blvd. SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Main Phone: 505-891-6900
NMHU Rio Rancho Center is located off Highway 528 (Pat D’Arco Highway) west of Intel, and is accessible from Sara Rd. SE or 19th St. SE.
Questions about Rio Rancho Center operations:
Q: Is the Rio Rancho Center open to students in the fall 2023 (August 14- December 8) term?
A: Yes! We are open Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday & Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are closed Saturdays and Sundays. Services are available in-person or via email, phone, and zoom. Contact Charley Ford, email@example.com or Laura LaCour-Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org for student-related questions.
Q: Is the computer lab/ internet available to students at the Rio Rancho Center during the fall 2023 term?
A: Yes. The Rio Rancho computer lab is available Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday & Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Curb-side copies and scanning services are also available during these times. Contact the Center via phone at (505) 891-6900 or email (email@example.com) for assistance.
The parking lot at Rio Rancho is also open to students for WiFi connectivity. Contact the Center Manager for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I am a Rio Rancho student and I need to check out a laptop. Who do I contact?
A: Contact the Center’s Senior Administrative Assistant for assistance with checking out a laptop at email@example.com.
Q: I am a Rio Rancho student and I have an ITS-related question, who do I contact?
A: Contact the Center Manager for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Are in-person library services available at Rio Rancho?
A: No, Helen Robertson (Librarian) is available via email, phone, and Zoom. In-person services are available at Albuquerque. Contact Helen Robertson at (505) 232-6000, or email@example.com for assistance.
Degrees available at the Rio Rancho Center
Software systems design
Early childhood multicultural education
Dual degree in elementary and special education
Dual degree, MBA and social work
Clinical social work
Curriculum and instruction / Alternative Teacher Certification
Course delivery methods
The flexible class schedule for both programs affords students the opportunity to attend on a full-time or part-time basis. Face-to-face classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and some weekends. Students may choose to attend either full time days, full-time evenings or a combination of both day and evenings or may attend on a part-time basis.
We also offer online synchronous (at a designated meeting time and day) and online asynchronous (on-demand meeting time and day) for your convenience.
Do you work all week? We also have evening and Saturday courses, so you can plan your studies around your job.
There’s more to come. Check back soon for information about our expanded online degree programs!
The Metro Centers at Albuquerque and Rio Rancho conduct outreach visits in the region. Contact a recruiter below:
Rio Rancho Center
Student services available at the Rio Rancho Center One-Stop Center
We can answer all your questions right here at the center. Both walk-in and appointment times for advisement are available. Call 505-891-6900 to set something up, or just stop by. We can talk about your future right now!
The Rio Rancho center will also assist with admissions, transferring, and registration. We’ll help you plan your courses of study, your pre-major, and your professional path.
Career Services at the Las Vegas Campus (505) 454-3048
Assistance with obtaining student IDs
Financial aid, including FAFSA, loans, scholarships, VA certification, and payment plans. Contact Charley Ford at the Rio Rancho Center at (505) 891-6910. We also have financial wellness opportunities for our students.
Assistance with navigating the NMHU Banner system, online degree audit, Brightspace, purchasing books, and username creation
Don’t let anything get in your way. We have accessibility services / (505) 454-3252 to help you in every way we can.
Rio Rancho Center amenities
Computer lab with free printing
Food and toiletries pantry for students, staff, faculty, and community members (second floor)
Kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator
Student lounge to relax, study, or congregate with free coffee, television, WiFi
Campus Life: Giveaways, get-togethers, events, concerts, games, event passes, and much more! Add us on Facebook for more information
Meeting space for NMHU and non-NMHU entities