The United World College-USA was founded in 1982 in Montezuma, NM through the philanthropy of the late Dr. Armand Hammer and is part of an international movement that now includes eighteen two-year pre-university residential schools worldwide offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma curriculum. UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.
We aspire to be a model international educational organization with significant impact on each of our learners to assume responsibility and demonstrate leadership for positive changes in the world.
We continually seek imaginative, meaningful innovations in our programs, in how students develop academically, socially, and in their orientation to serve others.
We share in the need to operate in a financially responsible manner, with all of us seeking ways to build a stronger institution so that the quality of our services is constantly improved and so that we continuously invest in better ways to deliver our mission.
We realize our ideals by interacting with one another with mutual respect and a constant awareness of the many cultures which make up our educational community.

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The Armand Hammer United World College ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Mexico for:

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
231 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
38%
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
The Armand Hammer United World College Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
46 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Nov. 1
% on Financial Aid
85%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$35,000
Endowment Size
$120 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered
3 sports

School Notes

Students at UWC-USA start working to become agents for change the minute they set foot on campus. Building bridges to understanding with students of radically diverse nationalities, races, beliefs and economic backgrounds. Partnering with a local homeless shelter, tutoring children, and renovating a community center. Learning to respect nature as they test their endurance in the wilderness. And completing a rigorous IB diploma program at the same time. Our students learn lessons in practical idealism that equip them to become changemakers for life.
  • Students and faculty conduct over 17,000 hours of community service every year - putting into practice the values fundamental to the UWC mission.
  • 85% of students attend UWC-USA on full or significant scholarships.
  • We build a strong community on campus so our students learn how to build strong, just, and positive communities wherever they end up. We believe our diversity is our strength.
  • Many UWC-USA alumni attend prestigious universities after graduation and go on to careers serving others.

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