Located in one of the nation's fastest growing high-tech and agricultural corridors, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has more than 120 different Indian tribes represented in the student body. On average, more than 800 residential, commuter and distance-learning students are enrolled during the fall trimester. The two-year college has articulation and transfer agreements with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Highlands University.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute is a National Indian Community College that prepares Native American students to be productive life-long learners as tribal members in an ever-changing global environment. As a land grant institution, SIPI partners with tribes, employers, and other organizations with a stake in Indian education. An enduring commitment to student success is the hallmark of SIPI's operations. The College provides a range of career and transfer opportunities for Native learners in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Institutional goals include prioritizing learning success as its core work, implementing programs and partnerships that address the needs of Indian tribes in a changing world, and expanding the use of instructional technology to enhance student learning.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute received accreditation in 2014 by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional accrediting bodies that accredit entire institutions. Also in 2014, SIPI received approval from the Commission of Opticianry Accreditation to reinstate the Vision Care Technology and Optical Technology/Lab programs to their list of COA accredited programs.