New Mexico residents who are seriously interested in having careers as federal bureau of investigation (FBI) agents will soon find out that the competition to enter into this lucrative, challenging, and prestigious career field is insanely tough.

Only the best of the best are accepted, and even some of the greatest and most qualified, without any seeming rhyme or reason, are not chosen.

In addition to meeting academic requirements, applicants must be between the ages of twenty- three and twenty- six, must be in excellent physical and mental health, must have no criminal history, must have good credit, must have two years of relevant work experience, and must meet many other requirements as well.

While there are certainly never any guarantees about who will be accepted to the FBI and who will not, you should know that your education is one of the most important factors in the decision. Because of this, you will want to make absolutely certain that you are attending a good school that is, first and foremost, fully accredited, and that offers you every opportunity for success.

Remember, too, that you will have to possess at least a bachelor’s degree in order to even be considered for an FBI career, and higher level degrees are certainly preferable.

With that said, there are some schools in New Mexico that are considered to be among the best. Schools that have been attended by past or current FBI employees include Eastern New Mexico University, which has locations in Portales, Roswell, and Ruidoso, and the Institute of American Indian Arts, located in Santa Fe.

Other top choices for perspective agents are New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology at Socorro, and New Mexico State University of Las Cruces, with other locations in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Dona Ana, and Grants.

There’s also Northern New Mexico College, located in Espanola, and the University of New Mexico, which has locations in Albuquerque, Taos, Gallup, Los Alamos, and Valencia. Plus, don’t forget Western New Mexico City University in Silver City, and Cimarron College of Cimarron.

It may be somewhat intimidating to you, especially if you are planning on balancing your education with a busy work or family schedule, that all of the colleges and universities listed above are traditional institutions. However, the good news is that many of these schools offer some of their programs either fully or at least partially online.

There are also many courses offered in the evenings or even on weekends. The best way to find out for sure is to check with the institutions you are interested in to find out if your program of interest has online options.

There are also many strictly online schools to choose from, which can be based from all around the world, but you must be careful; there are, unfortunately, a lot of scams out there. A good online school will be fully accredited and more than willing to provide you with proof of its accreditation status and to answer all your questions.