Boost in student applications signals continued growth at NMSU

Feb. 2, 2009 by Darrell J. Pehr NMSU News Center

SANTA FE – The New Mexico State University Board of Regents learned at their meeting Monday that enrollment gains are occurring in both undergraduate and graduate students, and that student applications for the fall 2009 semester are already far ahead of last year.

In a report to the regents, NMSU Vice President for Student Success Carmen Gonzales outlined the growth the university is seeing again this semester in both undergraduate and graduate students. The growth is occurring in new students, as well as transfer students, an important goal for the university.

In addition, Gonzales pointed out that NMSU is far ahead of last year in the number of student applications it has received for the fall 2009 semester. NMSU has received 87 percent of the total number of applications received for the fall 2008 semester, with seven months to go until classes start next fall. Gonzales said that should translate into even greater growth next fall, because more applications are typically received during the summer months.

NMSU Interim President Waded Cruzado said the enrollment increases are a reflection of the university’s emphasis on meeting students’ needs, whether through the hiring of faculty members for academic programs with the greatest demand, or for programs that are in need of investment to meet accreditation or other key programmatic requirements. She noted that the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty positions has increased by 28 percent over the last few years, from 683 to 875.

Gonzales added that tutoring programs being offered through NMSU’s Student Success Center help to retain students, another important university goal.

Enrollment at NMSU surpassed 30,000 on all campuses for the spring 2009 semester, a 7 percent increase from last year. Enrollment on the Las Cruces campus topped 16,300 students, a 3.6 percent increase.

The regents’ meeting Monday in Santa Fe coincided with the annual Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe event, which is organized by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce and the Las Cruces Council of Conquistadores, the goodwill ambassadors arm of the chamber.

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