Frequently Asked Questions

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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 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

Learn More Today

To begin your educational journey, fill out the form on the right hand side or call (800) 216-3917 and we'll make sure you get the information you need. Get started today!

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