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New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque

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New Mexico is located in the southwestern United States on the Mexican-U.S. border. Its neighboring states are Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Utah and Oklahoma. The spectacular scenery of its deserts, mountains, and wide open spaces has earned New Mexico the title “Land of Enchantment.” New Mexico is the traditional home of many Native American peoples, and contains some of the best archaeological sites in the U.S. It was part of the Spanish colonial empire and then part of Mexico until the 1840s. Today, the state is noted for the diversity of its population, and its unique blend of Native American, Hispanic, African-American and Anglo arts and culture.

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Albuquerque is a city of over 750,000, located in the valley of the Rio Grande River, with an altitude of 1,800 meters. The Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges lie just to the east of the city. Cool nights and warm days with very low humidity and bright blue skies are typical. Summer temperatures reach 35° Celsius, with thundershowers during July and August. Winter temperatures may dip below 0° and snowfall of a few inches can occur a few times in the winter months. As the largest city in New Mexico, Albuquerque offers many cultural amenities, including museums, concerts, a lively theater scene, and the world's largest Hot Air Balloon fiesta, which takes place for several days in October.

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University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico (UNM) was founded in 1889 and today is a world-class research university with over 30,000 students. UNM is the home of many Colleges and departments with wide spectrum of classes offered: (http://www.unm.edu/academics/).

The main campus is located in Albuquerque, near the downtown and historic districts of the city. The campus features a unique Pueblo Revival architectural style that echoes the buildings of the nearby Pueblo Indian villages. UNM offers courses in more than 200 different academic programs including arts and sciences, architecture, fine and performing arts, engineering, business, education, law, and health sciences. Approximately 900 international students from more than 85 different countries study at UNM.

City of Albuquerque

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