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University of the Southwest
TypePrivate university
Established1956 (1956)
Religious affiliation
Non-denominational Christian
PresidentDr. Quint Thurman
ProvostDr. Ryan Tipton
Sporting affiliations

The University of the Southwest is a private Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico. The university was incorporated under as College of the Southwest in 1962, although the college had existed for several years prior as a two-year Baptist educational institution.[2]

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.[3]


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 to site just north of Hobbs, New Mexico and was re-established as an interdenominational private four-year liberal arts college. In 1962 it was renamed as the College of the Southwest, and in 2008 its name was again changed to its current name as the University of the Southwest.[2]

2022 pickup truck accident

On March 15, 2022, around 8:15 p.m. CDT, a 2017 Ford Transit van containing members of the university's men's and women's golf teams was involved in a fiery head-on collision in Andrews County, Texas. The golf teams had been on the way back from playing at a golf tournament in Midland, Texas. A pick-up truck crossed the center line of two-lane highway FM 1788 that the teams were traveling along and struck the golf team van head on approximately 1/2 mile north of Texas State Highway 115, killing nine people, including six students and a faculty member who also was the golf team's coach. Two of the deceased students were international students from Portugal and Mexico. Two students, both from Canada, survived the crash and were transported to Lubbock hospitals for treatment. The driver of the pick-up truck and the passenger were killed, as well. [4][5]


University of the Southwest grants degrees in over fifty undergraduate and fifteen graduate programs. These programs operate within three academic schools at the University.[6]


The University of the Southwest (USW) athletics teams are called the Mustangs. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) since the 1998–99 academic year.[7][8] The Mustangs previously competed as an NAIA Independent from 1994–95 (when the school began intercollegiate athletics and joined the NAIA) to 1997–98.

USW competes in 13 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Former sports included men's & women's track & field.


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.[9]

University of the Southwest hosts the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series.[10]


  1. ^ a b c National Center for Educational Statistics [Institute of Educational Sciences. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from of the southwest
  2. ^ a b University of the Southwest University of Southwest. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from
  3. ^ Higher Learning Commission (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from
  4. ^ "9 dead in Texas crash involving University of the Southwest golf teams". AP NEWS. 2022-03-16. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  5. ^ "NTSB: 13-year-old drove pickup in Texas crash, 9 killed". AP NEWS. 2022-03-17. Retrieved 2022-03-17.
  6. ^ a b c d 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 January 26, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ University of the Southwest University of Southwest. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from
  10. ^ Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series Previous Speakers. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2016, from

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