My S and I toured UNM back in April, so I’ll be using this thread to collate our visit reports, scholarship and housing information and our on-going experience as a potential National Merit student at the University of New Mexico.
- 1490 SAT (760V, 730M)
- 223 PSAT SSI
- 6 APs (all 4s and 5s)
- 3.96 UW/4.5 W
- ECs: large drama / Thespian spike with leadership, Anime and Writing clubs also with leadership. 100+ volunteer hours in drama, public safety and emergency response (CERT).
- Phi Theta Kappa with 30+ hours of dual enrollment credits and a 4.0 college GPA.
- Pre-med with possible majors in Psychology and Theatre.
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University of New Mexico hit all the right notes. S and I loved the Southwestern adobe look of the buildings, and all of them were immaculately maintained. The interior of the library is especially gorgeous, with lofty ceilings and exposed, carved, inlaid beams that appear to be lodgepole pine.
The campus is also an arboretum, so there are lots and lots of trees. S said that for him, the campus architectural vibe was fortress-monastery, and he means that in a good way, having grown up around the California missions. He said the campus also felt like its own small town with enough going on that there wouldn’t really be a reason to leave unless you just wanted to, or for some type of out-doorsy thing such as skiing or hiking.
Housing - Again, everything was very well maintained. The earliest dorm, Hokona, was built in the 1950s (if I remember my tour info accurately!) but didn’t feel dated aside from being the traditional style with group bathrooms down the hall from the rooms.
Doubles in the traditional and suite-style buildings are quite small - small enough that I’ve strongly suggested to my introverted S that he (we!) pay the extra money for a single. Additionally, the suite-style doubles are clusters of three doubles with one bathroom between them, so not really what you would think of as a suite.
The 4-bed/1 bath and 6-bed/2-bath apartments were pretty sweet. Far and away S’s favorite. The housing staff was super helpful, One of them even walked us to our next appointment because it was in a confusing building to find.
There’s a lot of art all over campus, large sculptures and other installations. We liked that.
The dining hall is undergoing a major renovation, so it was at half capacity, but even so, S was impressed. Me, not so much, but that’s because I’ve seen a fair number of dining halls in my day. They had the standard fare of burgers, fries, pizza and hot / cold sandwiches, plus a salad bar and some vegetarian & ethnic options. It sounds like a lot describing it, but there weren’t very many selections at each station, so I hope the choices rotate or students will get tired of the food pretty quickly. On the upside, there’s a Starbucks-style coffee bar and they make a mean latte!
Freshman meal plans include 24/7 access with unlimited visits, a feature S loves. Less expensive meal plans are available for upperclassmen.
Grab 'n Go locations are scattered around campus, plus there’s a food court in the ucen. Some of these take meal plan swipes and some are cash or dining dollars only.
We did the general tour, the housing tour, and then we met with the Director of pre-health advising (who spent more than an hour with my S!) and got a tour of the drama department / facilities. Everyone was super nice and accommodating, including giving us comp tickets to one of the plays that night.
This was S's first choice school on paper, and you'd think a school couldn't go up from first place, but UNM has. S says the other schools will have to work pretty hard to have any chance of luring him away.
OK, there’s a start. I’ll post more later and I’ll be happy to answer questions.