The University of New Mexico (UNM), a public institution found in Albuquerque and rated “very high” for research activity, was founded in 1889 and currently serves about 27,000 students. Known for its high percentage of Hispanic and Native American students and faculty, UNM offers more than 200 degree programs across twelve schools, among which the Rural Medicine residency program has been rated as high as second-best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. On-campus institutes such as the Center for Advanced Research Computing and the Data Observation Network for Earth provide the student body a wealth of opportunity for direct, hands-on experience. But for all that goes on inside UNM, chances to get involved abound as well; campus events include a mid-week movie series and monthly calendar-coloring contests, and a cache of over 400 student organizations covers juggling, academic special interests, a local chapter of ROTARACT, cultural heritage clubs, and lots more topics. Athletes in 16 varsity sports (known as the Lobos) also proudly wear the unique UNM colors of cherry and silver. When it comes to pioneering achievement and a solid educational core, the University of New Mexico leads the American Southwest!