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State Rte 65, Montezuma, NM 87731, USA

+1 505 454 4252



School type Coeducational Boarding
Founded 1982
Status Private
Head of College Victoria Mora
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 17-19
Number of pupils 235
Two-year fee US$78,840 (scholarships available)
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Alexis Mamaux
Associations IB


UWC-USA was originally founded as the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West at the request of Prince Charles, then the President of UWC. Hammer chose the Montezuma location in the American Southwest, because of its remarkable beauty, proximity to immense wilderness areas in Northern New Mexico, and an architecturally compelling site within a historic region of the United States.

Inside the Classroom

UWC-USA offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme curriculum. Alongside standard courses, students can take courses like Mandarin, German, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sports exercise and health science, Music, Theater Arts, Dance.

Outside the Classroom

At UWC-USA, the Creativity, Activity, and Service program is divided into three components: Wilderness, Community Engagement, and The Bartos Institute for Constructive Engagement of Conflict. All students participate in a minimum of two overnight Wilderness trips. In addition to backpacking, students may choose to take part in winter camping, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

As part of the Community Engagement Program, students have built homes for families who wouldn't have a house otherwise and help run the local homeless shelter. Additionally, students serve their own campus through participation in work crews. The initiatives of the Bartos Institute for Constructive Engagement of Conflict aim to equip young people with lenses with which to constructively engage with personal, interpersonal or community level conflicts. All first-year students participate in each component. In their second year, students choose one area to gain mastery. The College hosts the Global Leadership Forum, where participants step out of their comfort zones. Through supportive education and community engagement, it aims to harness the energy youth have.

Campus and Facilities

The 200-acre campus is anchored by the famous Montezuma Castle, including dorm rooms (each dorm, named after the world's highest peaks, housing 25-40 students), classrooms, offices, and the Dining Hall.


Students can apply through their UWC national committee or through the UWC Global Selection Programme.