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Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

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A National Indian Community College and Land Grant Institution

SIPI is a proud participant of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).  SIPI is one of 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities in the nation that are part of the AIHEC family.  SIPI students represent Alaskan Native Communities and American Indian tribes from across the United States.
SIPI first opened its doors in 1971 and embarked on a journey of changing lives through the power of education.  To this day, SIPI is a trail blazer, pushing the envelope and raising the bar in higher education.  SIPI's motto is EXPECT SUCCESS, that along with STUDENT SUCCESS is paramount to our mission and vision.  Join the SIPI family and experience success with us! 
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Summer 2024 New & Re-admit Student Info

On behalf of our college, we welcome you to SIPI where "Expect Success" rings true within our learning community. As a two-year institution, SIPI prides itself on how we prepare our students to be lifelong learners. 
The following Steps need to be completed before your first day of classes.
Step 1:  SIPI Counselors Will Contact You for Scheduling Accuplacer

Placement Testing

Required for first-time students. The Accuplacer testing lets you know where you stand academically in English, Reading, and Math so Advisors register you for the right classes. A staff member will contact you to schedule your test.

Testing will occur on campus. Virtual testing is for those residing more than 50 miles outside of Albuquerque. 

New Students:
Upon completion of your Accuplacer your scores are sent to the Academic Chair of your program of study. The Academic Chair will assign your Advisor and your Advisor will contact you. If you are not registered by May 3, 2024, contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Transfer Students:
You may be required to complete the Accuplacer depending on courses taken at previous institution(s). If it is determined you do not have to take the Accuplacer, we will notify the Academic Chair of your program of study who will assign your Advisor. Your Advisor will contact you. If you are not registered by May 3, 2024, contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Re-Admit Students:
Admissions will notify the Academic Chair of your program of study. Your last known Advisor will contact you. If your former Advisor is no longer with SIPI, you are assigned a new Advisor. 

Step 2:  Complete Anytime

Eagle Email

Contact [email protected] to set up your school email account. Set up email BEFORE setting up Bright Space. Click here for more info.


Contact [email protected] to set up your Learning Management System for your enrolled courses. 

Step 3: Complete Before or During New Student Orientation

Student ID

All students must have a student ID. You may also obtain before Orientation by scheduling with [email protected].

Contact the Financial Aid Office for assistance with your FAFSA at [email protected].

Step 4:   Complete Anytime

Student Accessibilities
Please email Dr. Cecelia Cometsevah at [email protected] for assistance.
Have ready your supporting documentation. 

New Student Orientation:
NSO is scheduled May 2, 2024 | 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
NSO is required for new students and transfer students. Re-Admit students we would love for you join.
Note: NSO is an in-person event. SIPI is not able to accommodate an online orientation at this time. 
Questions for Accuplacer or Orientation, contact:
Karen Gomez: [email protected] | 505-922-6516
Mechelle Crazythunder: [email protected] | 505-346-7740
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The SIPI Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness strives to improve the quality and efficiency of information services to support fact-based decision making, external reporting, and the assessment of student outcomes and institutional effectiveness. The office seeks to encourage a data-driven environment by offering data collection, analysis and reporting to staff, faculty, committees, the Board of Regents and students.
Number of NASA Sponsored Mars Yards - 2
Number of Tribes Represented by Students - 71
Number of States Represented by Students - 18
Number of Students for 2016-17 Year - 558
Percentage of Native American Students - 100%
Number of Certificates & Degrees Offered - 21
Percentage of Grads Who Find Work or Transfer Within 1 Year of Graduation - 96%
Average increase in annual earnings for SIPI degree holders - $9,300 per year
Average lifetime earnings increase for SIPI degree holders (over 40 year career) - $372,000
SIPI ranking of community colleges (by WalletHub) - #12 in the nation
Average annual earnings of SIPI grads in first job out of college - $26,714

SIPI graduates have transferred to some of the best four-year colleges and universities in the nation, including Stanford University, Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth College, Syracuse University, Carnegie Mellon University, Occidental College, and hundreds of others