LCSN: Growing number of non-residents drawn to NMSU by lower tuition costs

August 21, 2013. Retrieved online August 21, 2013 from Lindsey Anderson, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES >> Tiffany Walcutt Tillison came from Oklahoma for the lower tuition rates. Khaled Osmani came from Afghanistan, where he worked with New Mexico State University employees. Pamela Kennedy came from New York for the sign language program.

Out-of-state and international students are increasingly choosing to attend NMSU, though in-state students still make up the bulk of the university’s enrollment.

The number of first-time, non-resident undergraduates has especially risen this year, said Bernadette Montoya, vice president for student affairs and enrollment.

International and out-of-state graduate enrollment is expected to remain about the same this year, though it has risen overall since the 2010-2011 school year.

International enrollment rose about 10 percent, 75 students, from 2010-2011 to 2012-2013. Out-of-state enrollment rose by 20 percent, nearly 800 students, in that time, according to NMSU data.

Meanwhile, in-state enrollment has fallen steadily since 2010, and fell by more than 12 percent, about 1,700 students, from the 2010-11 to 2012-13 school years.

“What we’re hearing from a few other institutions in the state (is) this is a pretty common pattern right now,” Montoya said….

Out-of-state students

…Out-of-state undergraduate students often come from Alaska and Colorado as well. Those states are part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange, which allows students in certain Western states to apply for a lower tuition rate at participating public schools.

International students

Students come to NMSU from Afghanistan, Bolivia, Saudia Arabia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other countries across the globe.

…Some students come in search of specific, unique programs, like the PGA Golf Management program in the College of Business, Montoya said. Others find NMSU through programs and alliances the university has across the world, she said….

In-state enrollment

Even with the drop in resident enrollment, local high school graduates and Doña Ana Community College students still make up the bulk of NMSU’s enrollment, at about 60 percent combined, Montoya said….

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