University of the Southwest is a private and independent non-denominational liberal arts college located in Hobbs, New Mexico. Although it was founded in 1962, the school traces its beginnings to 1956 when Clarence Evans finally realized his dream of providing education to New Mexico through the establishment of Hobbs Baptist College which was chartered as a two-year junior college in 1956 and then as a four-year college in 1958 when its name was changed to New Mexico Baptist College. The need for a bigger college to serve the educational requirements of residents of the southeastern New Mexico and West Texas region paved the way for the founding of the College of the Southwest which became the University of the Southwest in 2008.
Today, the University of Southwest continues its mission of providing quality education to its students. Through its three academic schools: School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education, it offers Bachelor’s degrees in education; business administration; computer science; sports management; criminal justice; psychology; and others. It also grants Master’s degrees in a variety of educational disciplines including counseling; special education; and educational testing.
In addition to its on-campus classes, the University of Southwest also offers Distance Education through its various online courses available to students anywhere in the world via the World Wide Web. Courses offered include bachelor’s degrees, post-graduate studies, licensure or single courses on a variety of fields including education, business, and criminal justice.
Cost of tuition for both undergraduate and graduate degrees varies according to the degree program chosen. Financial aid is extended via loans, grants and study-work arrangements.
The University of Southwest is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.