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What is the history of the University of the Southwest?

The University of the Southwest was chartered as a two year junior college in 1956 and became a full-fledged four year college in 1958. The school is located in Hobbs, New Mexico, where we provide our 21,000 square mile service area with comprehensive and inspiring liberal arts education.

Is the University of the Southwest regionally accredited?

Yes, the University of the Southwest is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, one of the six regional accreditation agencies in the United States. Because this is the toughest accreditation to achieve, this means that the quality of your degree will be ensured & that your class credits will transfer easily to other schools.

What Types of Financial Aid are Available?

Here at USW, we offer a variety of financial aid options (to those who qualify) because it is important to us to ensure that higher education is available to all who is interested:

  • Institution Financial aid and Scholarships from USW
  • Federally funded grants such as Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, SMART Grant, TEACH Grant, and more
  • Federal loans (lower interest than private loans)
  • New Mexico state funded Grants
  • Private loans

What Benefits does USW provide for All Online Students?

  • USW provides free Virtual Healthcare to all online students through their partnership with HealthiestYou by Teledoc
  • Additional Information can be found here.

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The College of Business Administration at the University of the Southwest has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please view our IACBE Member status page.


University of the Southwest admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the institution. USW does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, physical handicap, or sex in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics and other university-administered programs.