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Get to Know Us

Founded in 1962, University of the Southwest (USW) is a private, four-year Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico. Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees both on-campus and online, and was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 'Top Online Education Programs' and 'Top Online Business Programs'.

Built on a foundation of Christian values and a servant leadership philosophy, University of the Southwest is a community of dedicated staff and faculty committed to developing each student, helping them achieve their full potential in the classroom, on the playing field and in the communities they serve.

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President's welcome

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I am delighted to welcome you to the University of the Southwest. As we move deeper into the 21st century, the role of higher education continues to evolve and expand, but the heart of our mission remains constant: to develop individuals for a lifetime of servant leadership by emphasizing faith, responsibility, and initiative. At the University of the Southwest, we strive to blend tradition with innovation, inspire curiosity, and promote a culture of intellectual rigor and compassionate service. Our Core Values focusing on faith, excellence, diversity and inclusion, and service are embedded into our mission. These values determine our strategic priorities and essentially guide what we do every day here at USW.

Our institution is rich in history, diversity, and achievement, and we have crafted an academic environment that challenges and supports our students at every level. From undergraduate to graduate programs, our dedicated faculty and staff work tirelessly to ensure every student receives an individualized educational experience that will equip them with the tools and skills needed to thrive in their chosen fields and beyond. However, we are more than an academic institution; we are a community committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment. Our multicultural, multidisciplinary campus promotes dialogue and understanding, encouraging all our students to grow not only as scholars but also as global citizens.

In a rapidly evolving world, we recognize that our responsibility extends beyond the classroom. That is why we emphasize experiential learning, community involvement, and the development of leadership skills. These dimensions of education at the University of the Southwest cultivate resilience, adaptability, and a sense of responsibility for the common good.

We understand that choosing a university is one of the most significant decisions one can make, and we are honored that you are considering the University of the Southwest. As you explore our website and learn more about our community, we hope you will get a sense of the camaraderie, enthusiasm, and dedication that sets us apart. The University of the Southwest is more than just an institution; it is a family united by a common purpose. We pride ourselves on being a nurturing environment that facilitates personal growth, leadership development, and academic excellence.

As you navigate your path, remember that we are here to support you every step of the way. From the moment you join our family, through your studies, and long after you graduate, you will always be part of the University of the Southwest.

Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series

The Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the J. F Maddox Foundation in honor of its founder, Jack Maddox. The purpose of the series, which has been hosted by University of the Southwest since its inception, is to contribute to the quality of life in Lea County and the surrounding area by providing nationally recognized speakers for intellectual stimulation and entertainment.

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