USW At a Glance

Since 1962, the University of the Southwest has been educating young minds, helping mold the next generation of leaders through Christ-centered values.

Location: Hobbs, New Mexico


University of the Southwest is an accredited member of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) with headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, one of the six regional agencies that accredit institutions of higher education.  The accreditation process assesses such characteristics as governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student personnel services, institutional resources, student academic achievement, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with constituencies outside the institution. This voluntary accreditation has two fundamental purposes: quality assurance and institutional and program improvement. 

USW was granted accreditation in 1980, and has maintained continuous accreditation. The next HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation is scheduled in academic year 2023-2024.

Religious-affiliation:     Non-denominational

Undergraduate degree programs:
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Graduate degree programs:   
  • MA 
  • MBA (with choice of 13 specializations)
  • MS Education (with choice of 5 specializations)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • All graduate programs are fully online

President: Quint C. Thurman, Ph.D.
                  President's bio

Student Life

  • Student Organizations and Activities: USW has 12 student organizations including professional, academic honor, Christian ministry and civic and cultural. The University also supports an intramural sports program where students, staff and faculty are welcome to participate.
  • Housing: 62% of undergraduates live on-campus in residence halls or apartment housing.

Athletic Division: National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics – Division I

Athletic Teams (19 Teams):
  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball (Varsity & Junior Varsity)
  • Women's Basketball (Varsity & Junior Varsity)
  • Cheerleading (Co-Ed)
  • Women's Competitive Dance
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Men's Golf
  • Women's Golf
  • Men's Indoor Track & Field
  • Women's Indoor Track & Field
  • Men's Outdoor Track & Field
  • Women's Outdoor Track & Field
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Women's Softball
  • Men's Tennis
  • Women's Tennis
  • Women's Volleyball

Financial Aid
Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Over 80% of our students receive some form of aid. 

University of the Southwest is a Yellow Ribbon School.