Albuquerque, New Mexico is one of the nation's fastest growing cities and a center for high tech and military industry. Intel maintains a large facility here, and Sandia National Laboratories is a national leader in electronic and industrial research. The city features one of the nation's highest concentrations of PhDs per capita. Albuquerque colleges and universities include the University of New Mexico, one of the state's two large public research universities. Trinity Southwest University brings a Christian perspective to Albuquerque's college and university scene. The Art Center Design College offers private art education.
Despite its high-tech economy, Albuquerque upholds its identity as the "Land of Enchantment" between the Rio Grande and the Sandia Mountains. Students of Albuquerque colleges and universities can enjoy year-round recreational opportunities--skiing, hiking, mountain biking--without giving up the amenities of a big city. Albuquerque is steeped in its Native American heritage, and hosts festivals, craft fairs, and events to honor local Pueblo culture.