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UWC-USA was originally founded as the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West by Armand Hammer at the request of Prince Charles, then the President of UWC. Hammer chose the Montezuma, New Mexico 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.

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Three Unique Features

  • Community Service – Students perform over 17,000 hours of community service each year in soup kitchens, at the local residential mental hospital, and in local schools. San Miguel County, where Montezuma is located, has one of the highest poverty rates in the country.
  • Wilderness – The Wilderness program is comprised of extensive backpacking, hiking, and backcountry camping.
  • Bartos Institute – The Bartos Institute for the Constructive Engagement of Conflict is an endowed array of programs dedicated to fostering conflict resolution and cross-cultural skills.