You are here: Home / About CNM

About CNM

Welcome to Central New Mexico Community College! We're the largest community college in New Mexico, serving over 30,000 students.


About CNM

Central New Mexico Community College is located in Albuquerque, NM.

Mailing Address:
525 Buena Vista Dr. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505) 224-3000

Email us

Campus Locations

CNM has seven locations across the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho metropolitan areas:

Degrees We Offer

Associate’s degrees, training and certificates in the following areas:

Other Ways to Learn

Financial Aid and Help

Don't let financial or personal challenges keep you from attending college, CNM has a great collection of support services.

Learn more about CNM's low tuition rates and fees.

    Our Mission

    Above all else, our mission at CNM is to help you succeed in whatever educational or workforce training endeavor you might be seeking. Our tuition rates are low for more than 100 programs at New Mexico’s largest post-secondary institution in terms of enrollment.


    The CNM Governing Board is responsible for policies that govern all phases of the educational program within the College. The Governing Board is an elected group of individuals, constituting a lawful political subdivision, who represent the population of the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) District.

    CNM Foundation

    We've given over 30 million dollars in program support and distributing more than 32,000 scholarship awards to support students.

    Learn more about the CNM Foundation.

    Welcome to CNM!

    Central New Mexico Community College provides affordable higher education throughout Albuquerque and its surrounding areas.

    Above all else, our mission at CNM is to help you succeed in whatever educational or workforce training endeavor you might be seeking. Our tuition rates are low for more than 100 programs at New Mexico’s largest postsecondary institution.

    Are you interested in pursuing an associate’s degree that will pave the way to a four-year university or entry into the workforce? You can choose from college-transfer courses in 28 arts and sciences disciplines, engineering, pre-management and various occupational fields. In all, CNM offers associate’s degrees in 48 arts and sciences and occupational disciplines.

    Are you interested in becoming certified in a trade that can lead to a more rewarding job in a high demand field? CNM, which is a highly respected workforce generator among growing industries in New Mexico, offers certificates in 52 business, health, technologies and vocational occupations. CNM is well known for responding to the needs of the local economy through course development and for its ability to efficiently train workers for quick entry into New Mexico’s burgeoning economy. With the help of CNM, about 95 percent of CNM graduates get jobs related to their field of study.

    CNM is also nationally recognized for being a progressive community college. If you prefer attending class in the comfort of your home on your computer, CNM provides more distance learning courses than any other postsecondary institution in the state.

    For high school students looking to get a head start on college, there are abundant opportunities to take dual-enrollment courses, which save plenty of time and money.

    Our School of Adult & General Education has been recognized as one of the best models in the country for adult basic education and developmental (remedial) education, which includes GED preparation. We also have Achievement Coaches, who are very unique among community colleges because they go well beyond the common role of guidance counselors. They help students find ways to overcome personal and academic challenges and they provide empowering encouragement.

    For more than 40 years, we have built a strong reputation in the community for providing high-quality, affordable instruction that has prepared countless people for rewarding careers in the community.

    We are also loyal to our responsibility of contributing to the well-being of our communities in every way possible. As one example, our national award-winning Service Learning program has forged partnerships with hundreds of non-profit organizations to team up in student-driven participation efforts that enrich our communities and our students’ appreciation for community service.

    CNM Today

    With an enrollment of more than 29,000, CNM is the largest higher education institution in New Mexico in terms of enrollment. The Main Campus occupies 60 acres near downtown Albuquerque and the 42-acre Joseph M. Montoya Campus is in the Northeast Heights. Classes are also offered at the Rio Rancho Campus, the South Valley Campus, the Westside Campus, the Advanced Technology Center and the CNM Workforce Training Center.

    Advisory committees that include representatives from local businesses and industries help CNM develop programs to ensure that CNM students acquire the skills needed for success in the workplace. The college also has a growing number of student transfer articulation agreements with four-year institutions, including the University of New Mexico.

    Funding for CNM comes from a property tax levy in the college’s service district and annual appropriations by the New Mexico Legislature. Tuition and fees are very affordable and financial aid and other scholarship opportunities are available to those who qualify.

    CNM’s academic year is divided into three terms: fall (generally begins in August), spring (generally begins in January) and summer (generally begins in May). Condensed courses and nontraditional schedules, including evening and weekend classes, are available for many programs and courses. Many online distance learning courses are available and high school students can earn high school elective and college credit simultaneously through CNM's Dual Credit program.

    Now in its fifth decade, CNM is a nationally accredited community college offering courses in a variety of occupational, college transfer and adult/developmental education subjects.


    Authorized by the New Mexico Legislature in 1963, CNM was approved by district voters in 1964 to provide adults with the skills necessary to gain employment and succeed in the workforce. Since its inception, CNM career-technical programs in business, health, technologies and trades have continually been redesigned to provide students with the most current and relevant skills needed by local employers. CNM was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1978. Degree-granting power was approved for CNM by the State Legislature in 1986, signaling the college’s transformation into a full-fledged community college.

    By the late 1980s, liberal arts had become CNM’s fastest growing area and an increasingly important part of occupational instruction. CNM Governing Board members are elected by voters in seven geographical districts within the college district, which includes all of Bernalillo County and part of Sandoval County.