Armand Hammer United World College of the American West

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UWC-USA (legally named the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West) is a United World College founded in 1982 by industrialist and philanthropist Armand Hammer. Located in Montezuma, New Mexico, it is a two-year, independent, co-educational boarding school accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest with about 230 students representing 90-100 countries at any time. Students are between 15 and 19 years old, and the majority receive full or partial scholarships. They are selected from 155 National Committees that represent the United World Colleges around the globe.

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TypeIndependent Coed, Boarding
MottoUWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future
PresidentDr. Victoria Mora
Enrollment228 total
All boarding
Girls: 54% Boys: 46%
International Students: 75%
US and Canada: 25%
Average class size15 students
Student to teacher ratio9:1
CampusRural, 110 acres (0.45 km2)
27 buildings
Color(s)Navy blue/Aquamarine
NewspaperThe Literati
AffiliationThe United World Colleges, International Baccalaureate
UWC-USA campus

In late 2007, The Wall Street Journal identified UWC-USA as one of the world's top 20 schools for its success in preparing students to enter top American universities.[1] In 2010, UWC-USA was ranked a “Top Ten Program” by U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy.[2]


American mogul Armand Hammer's The Armand Hammer Foundation purchased the property to establish a United World College in the United States in 1981. Major renovations of existing buildings preceded the school's opening in the fall of 1982, an event that was attended by HRH Prince Charles, president of the United World Colleges movement. The school's founding president was Theodore D. Lockwood, who served from 1982 until 1993. Philip O. Geier served as president from 1993 until 2005, when he passed the reins to Lisa A. H. Darling, whose presidency ended in 2013. The school's fourth president was Dr. Mukul Kumar '89, an alumnus and leader in international education, who left the school in 2016. The school is currently led by Dr. Victoria Mora, born in Albuquerque, a mother as well as a former Dean of the Santa Fe campus of St. John's College.

In 1998, the school's endowment was significantly increased through the generosity of investment manager Shelby M.C. Davis and his wife Gale.[3][4] Their gift today secures the largest block of the school's student scholarships and provides $25,000 scholarships for all Americans who attend this school (or any other UWC) after being admitted by the U.S. national committee. Their initial gift of $45 million in 1998 was, at the time, the largest private donation ever made to international education.[5][6]


The school, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, is located at 35°39′15″N 105°16′52″W / 35.65417°N 105.28111°W / 35.65417; -105.28111 in the town of Montezuma, New Mexico, just northwest of the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, about 70 mi (110 km) from Santa Fe.

The campus includes the historic Montezuma Castle.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Staff writer (2007-12-28). "How the Schools Stack Up". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  2. ^ "Global Leadership Forum". Uwc-Usa. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  3. ^ "Montezuma castle, other Las Vegas buildings now open for tours - Albuquerque Journal".
  4. ^ "$100M pledge to benefit United World College - Albuquerque Journal".
  5. ^ "S&G Foundation, Founded by Shelby and Gale Davis, Donates $45 Million to United World College, Montezuma, NM," PR Newswire, July 23, 1998
  6. ^ Russell, J. "Teaching Global Understanding: Donor Pays For Almost 700 Foreign Students," The Boston Globe, July 21, 2005
  7. ^ Alexander Stille (2016-10-04). "Who murdered Giulio Regeni?". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  8. ^ Media, Kompas Cyber (5 January 2018). ""Alarm" Iqbaal Ramadhan Selama Sekolah di Amerika Serikat".


  • "Dreams & Promises: The Story of the Armand Hammer United World College : A Critical Analysis", Theodore D. Lockwood, 1997

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