September 11, 2009 by Mario A. Montes NMSU NewsCenter
New Mexico State University recorded an 8.3 percent increase in fall 2009 enrollment across all campuses. NMSU’s Grants campus gained the highest percentage: 26.8 percent. NMSU-Carlsbad grew by 20.9 percent, NMSU-Alamogordo gained 14.4 percent and NMSU-Doña Ana Community College increased 5.5 percent.
The Las Cruces campus gained 7.6 percent, from 17,198 in the fall of 2008 to 18,497 for fall 2009.
“We have seen outstanding enrollment growth across the entire university, both at the Las Cruces campus and at our community colleges,” said Waded Cruzado, executive vice president and provost at NMSU. “Our rapid growth is a reflection of the confidence the citizens of our state, in particular, are showing in NMSU. We are pleased to see so many people choosing to follow their academic dreams and transform their lives by joining us at New Mexico State University. We welcome these new Aggies!”
NMSU also recorded higher freshman enrollment with a 6.15 percent increase, topping last year’s freshman enrollment increase of 5.24 percent. And in another area, the university grew by 13.11 percent in student transfers from schools outside of the NMSU system.
The 8.3 percent increase reflects a hard number headcount of 29,468 students enrolled at all NMSU campuses. The 2008-2009 headcount was at 27,214.
One of the factors leading to the increase in enrollment at NMSU has been a combined recruiting effort from the enrollment office, all colleges and departments.
“I think our recruitment efforts have had a great impact on our enrollment,” said Bernadette Montoya, assistant vice president for enrollment management at NMSU. “There is a very formal rhyme and reason to our recruitment efforts at the admissions office.”
Montoya emphasized that university recruiters are helped by all faculty, administrators, staff and other students to recruit students to the university. Recruiters are also going into the western states to recruit students, where in some cases, like California, NMSU’s tuition is lower than California’s in-state tuition. Another factor, Montoya said, is the reception potential students and parents receive when visiting the campus.
“We see campus visits on a daily basis, families from all over,” Montoya said. “Some are formal, scheduled visits, others are walk-ins. We try to really individualize the campus tour experience.” Students and parents visiting the campus are taken to the college of their interest and meet faculty or see facilities of interest to them, Montoya said.
In an online survey conducted last year, potential and enrolled students cited parents’ or guardians’ influences, costs, programs offered and campus visits as determining factors in selecting NMSU. The ease of getting home was also a determining factor.