Rio Rancho


2018 Commencement: Thursday, May 10 at the Santa Ana Star Center More Info

Vision Statement: Our vision is to be a premier comprehensive university transforming lives and communities now and for generations to come.

Mission Statement: New Mexico Highlands University is a public comprehensive university serving our local and global communities. Our mission is to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to attain an exceptional education by fostering creativity, critical thinking and research in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions within a diverse community.

Core Values

  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Accessibility
  • Responsiveness

Strategic Goals for 2020

Highlands University will:

  • Achieve academic excellence, academic integration and student success.
  • Achieve strategic enrollment management.
  • Achieve a vibrant campus life.
  • Be a community partner.
  • Achieve technological advancement and innovation.
  • Achieve enhanced communication and efficiency.

New Mexico Highlands University Rio Rancho Center is located off of Highway 520 (Pat D’Arco Highway) and is accessible through Sara Road or 19th street SE.

Come visit us!


1700 Grande Blvd. SE

Rio Rancho NM, 87124

Phone (505) 891-6900