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USW Demographics & Diversity

Hobbs, New Mexico

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity
Very High

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at USW are predominantly Hispanic with a smaller Black population. The school has very high racial diversity. 88% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

University of the Southwest has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is eligible for federal grants supporting the school's efforts to serve Hispanic Americans.

Racial demographics of University of the Southwest students
Race Percent of Students
White 12%
Black 14%
Hispanic 47%
Asian 0%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
International 0%
Race Unknown 26%
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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 47% more female students than male students enrolled at University of the Southwest with a gender ratio of 60% women to 40% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, USW has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is slightly less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for University of the Southwest students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 40%
Women 60%
Enrollment by gender for University of the Southwest students
Gender Number of Students
Men 385
Women 566

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

USW serves a low number of students outside of New Mexico, with 52 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for University of the Southwest students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 52%
Out of State 33%
Foreign 7%
Unknown Location 7%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$45,234 per year

56% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 32.7%
Part time Undergrads 32.5%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=188182 IPEDS survey data for University of the Southwest.