Highlands Rio Rancho Center

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New Mexico Highlands University has had a presence in Rio Rancho since 1997, initially to provide the community with distance learning courses. The center has now expanded to offer courses and degree opportunities in teacher education, business administration, social work and arts and sciences degrees, particularly criminal justice, psychology, and university studies. We also house the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, AP New Mexico, and HU CARES.

NMHU Rio Rancho Center conducts many outreach and community engagement 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, community events, and we seek to develop partnerships with the local business community.

We house staff and faculty in a safe, clean, and friendly environment. The Center is also available for use by non-NMHU entities for meeting space. We welcome the opportunity to show you all that the NMHU Rio Rancho Center provides. Come and visit us!

Contact us:
1700 Grande Blvd. SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Main Phone: 505-891-6900

Email: riorancho@nmhu.edu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/highlandsriorancho

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.

Degrees available at the Rio Rancho Center

Undergraduate degrees

  • Business administration
  • Criminal justice
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Software systems design
  • Early childhood multicultural education
  • Elementary education
  • Special education
  • Dual degree in elementary and special education

Graduate degrees

  • Business administration
  • Dual degree, MBA and social work
  • Clinical social work
  • Counseling
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Educational leadership
  • Special education

Course delivery methods

  • Live, face-to-face
    • Evening and Saturday courses
    • 8-week courses
  • Online, synchronous
    • Designated meeting time and day
  • Online, asynchronous
    • Non-designated meeting time and day
  • Expanded online degree programs
    • Coming soon!

Student services available at the Rio Rancho Center One-Stop Center

(Walk-in and appointment times available. Call 505-891-6900 to discuss advisement options)

  • Professional advisement
  • Admissions
  • Transfer
  • Registration
  • Pre-major
  • Faculty advisement

Financial aid
FAFSA, loans, scholarships, VA certification, payment plans

(services and support for students who are victim/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and suicide prevention. Services include counseling, advocacy, and connect with community service providers on issues with regard to sexual assault/harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, suicidal ideation, emotional distress and substance / alcohol abuse. These services are confidential and free for all NMHU students.

Academic and IT support

Rio Rancho Center amenities

  • Computer lab with free printing
  • Free parking
  • 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 NMHU and non-NMHU entities

Important Dates

  • 23


    Spring Classes - Last Day to Drop with No Grade

  • 11


    Mid-Term Exams


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Alumni occupations

NMHU graduates can be found in the following occupations:

  • Curriculum design
  • Teaching
  • Counseling
  • Textbook writing
  • Bilingual education
  • Early childhood education
  • Teacher of English as a Second Language
  • Educational leadership

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