About The University of New Mexico
Welcome to UNM
Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, the University of New Mexico now occupies nearly 800 acres along old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 900,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas.
Offering a distinctive campus environment with a Pueblo Revival architectural theme, the campus buildings echo nearby Pueblo Indian villages. The nationally recognized campus arboretum and the popular duck pond offer an outstanding botanical experience in the midst of one of New Mexico's great public open spaces.
Established in 1970, UNM Lobos RFC is New Mexico's first rugby club. UNM is the reigning RGRFU Collegiate Men's Champions. Notable alumni: Hank Crumption, former Deputy Chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section, and Deputy Chief of the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center; Mark West, hero, who, in 1990, sacrificed himself to save his ski team and coaches from their van before it careened off an icy mountain road in New Zealand (Mark West Memorial Ski Race held annually at Santa Fe Ski Basin).