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University of the Southwest
Former names
Hobbs Baptist College (1956–1958)
New Mexico Baptist College (1958–1962)
College of the Southwest (1962–2008)
TypePrivate university
Established1956 (1956)
Religious affiliation
Non-denominational Christian
PresidentDr. Quint Thurman
ProvostDr. Ryan Tipton
ColorsRed & Blue
Sporting affiliations

The University of the Southwest is a private Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico. The university was incorporated as College of the Southwest in 1962, although the college had existed for several years prior as a two-year Baptist educational institution.[4]

The University of the Southwest grants baccalaureate degrees in Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education. The university also offers both an MBA and Masters of Science in Education program. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[5]


The University of the Southwest was founded by B. Clarence Evans as Hobbs Baptist College in 1956. It operated as a two-year junior college until 1958 when it was renamed New Mexico Baptist College in 1958 and began granting four-year degrees.

In 1961, the college moved onto a site just north of Hobbs, New Mexico, and was re-established as an interdenominational private four-year liberal arts college. In the following year, it was renamed the College of the Southwest, and in 2008, its name was again changed to its current name, the University of the Southwest.[4]


University of the Southwest grants degrees in more than fifty undergraduate and fifteen graduate programs. These programs operate within three academic schools at the University; the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business & Professional Studies, and the School of Education.[6]


The University of the Southwest athletics teams are called the Mustangs. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which it initially joined as an independent member in 1994-1995. Since the 1998-1999 academic year, the university has been competing as part of the Red River Athletic Conference in the majority of its sports since the 1998–99 academic year;[7][8] excepting its women's golf team, who competes in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

The University of the Southwest competes in 13 intercollegiate varsity sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis. In addition, women's teams exist for softball and volleyball. The school once fielded a track and field team, but has ceased to.

On March 15, 2022, a 2017 Ford Transit van containing members of the university's men's and women's golf teams was involved in a collision in Andrews County, Texas. The golf teams had been returning from a golf tournament in Midland, Texas. A pick-up truck crossed the center line of two-lane highway FM 1788 and struck the golf team van head-on, killing nine people. This included six students as well as the coach of the golf team. Two of the deceased students were international students from Portugal and Mexico; two students, from Canada, survived the crash. The driver and passenger of the pick-up truck were also killed.[9][10]

Notable alumni


There are twelve student organizations at University of the Southwest. These student organizations operate in the areas of professionalism, academic honors, ministry, and civics. The university supports an intramural sports program wherein students, staff, and faculty participate.[11] The University of the Southwest also hosts the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series.[12]


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  5. ^ Higher Learning Commission (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from
  6. ^ University of the Southwest University of Southwest. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from
  7. ^ University of the Southwest Athletics (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 26, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "9 dead in Texas crash involving University of the Southwest golf teams". AP NEWS. 2022-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  10. ^ "NTSB: 13-year-old drove pickup in Texas crash, 9 killed". AP NEWS. 2022-03-17. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  11. ^ University of the Southwest University of Southwest. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from
  12. ^ Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series Previous Speakers. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from

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