Best Medical Schools in New Mexico

By | April 29, 2018

Welcome to New Mexico best medical schools. Our rankings are based on alumni reviews, research scores received, peer institution assessment and admissions statistics including averaged MCAT scores, undergraduate GPA as well as acceptance rates. Below we list top medical schools in New Mexico that are top ranked nationally. You can find tuition cost, total enrollment and composite MCAT score for each school.

  • TIMEDICTIONARY: Overview of major cities and towns in New Mexico. Includes history, population and geographical map of New Mexico.

Best Medical Schools in New Mexico

National Ranking Best Medical Programs
85 University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Acceptance rate: 13.6%
MCAT composite score: 8.9
Tuition: Full-time: $16,170 (in-state), Full-time: $46,347 (out-of-state)
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.59
Total medical school enrollment: 341
Full-time faculty-student ratio: 2.3:1
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions): $60.2University of New Mexico Medical School

Early History of the State of New Mexico

Santa Fe was founded in 1610 and became the provincial capital. Santa Fe, although not the oldest city ​​in the US (St. Augustine in Florida was founded in 1565), nevertheless remains the oldest of all US state capitals.

Thanks to the Spaniards, the Indians in New Mexico learned about new crops (wheat, peaches, watermelons), received iron plows, and engaged in cattle breeding. At the same time, despite the constant rivalry between secular and religious authorities, the Spanish colonialists for decades ruthlessly exploited the indigenous people (primarily the Pueblo Indians) and even sold them into slavery. Due to infectious diseases brought by the Europeans, the population of the indigenous peoples dropped sharply.

In 1680, the Pueblos, dissatisfied with constant oppression, a ban on traditional beliefs and frequent attacks by nomadic tribes, rose in revolt. The rebels were led by one of the religious leaders of the Indians named Pope, who had previously been convicted by the Spaniards for witchcraft (along with forty-six other healers and ministers of traditional beliefs). The rebels killed more than four hundred Europeans, the surviving Spaniards fled from New Mexico. By order of Pope, the Indians destroyed almost all traces of European colonization, including destroying churches and cutting down fruit trees.

Nevertheless, the Indians were unable to create any centralized government (let alone a state), and after several unsuccessful attempts (and after the death of Pope) in 1692, the Spaniards, led by Diego de Vargas, regained control of New Mexico. The resumption of Spanish domination was called “bloodless conquest” as the leaders of the pueblos agreed to recognize the authority of the Spanish king in exchange for protection from nomadic tribes. In the nineties of the XVII century, the pueblos rebelled against the Europeans several times, but by the beginning of the XVIII century, the Spaniards completely controlled the province.

In 1706, Fort Albuquerque was built, which in our time has grown into the largest city in New Mexico.

Until the middle of the 19th century, the cattle ranches, farms, and towns of New Mexico suffered from Comanche raids. Unlike the Pueblos, Apaches and Navajos, who were engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry and, to one degree or another, were sedentary peoples, the Comanches led a nomadic lifestyle, and robbery was their main occupation. Comanche attacks were one of the main reasons for the slow development of New Mexico in the 18th century.