NMSU system enrollment grows nearly 5 percent for fall 2010

September 9, 2010 by Justin Bannister, NMSU News Center

Fall 2010 has brought 30,866 students across all campuses of New Mexico State University, a 4.7 percent increase from the previous fall. Additionally, NMSU’s Las Cruces campus showed a 5.2 percent increase in minority student headcount and a 1.7 percent increase in international student headcount.

NMSU’s Las Cruces campus showed a continuing pattern of growth with a student headcount of 18,552, an increase of 0.3 percent from the same time last year. Enrollment at NMSU’s Las Cruces campus has increased each fall for the previous five years.

A large portion of the fall 2010 growth in NMSU’s system came in its community colleges. NMSU-Grants saw the highest jump, with an increase of 12.9 percent in enrollment. Enrollment at NMSU’s Dona Ana Community College increased 11.4 percent and NMSU-Alamogordo increased by 10.9 percent. Enrollment at NMSU-Carlsbad decreased 5.6 percent.

“Looking ahead to spring and fall 2011 we will continue a strong recruitment push,” said Bernadette Montoya, NMSU’s vice president for enrollment management. “While New Mexico students are our top priority, we expect to attract students from Arizona and California where universities have reached capacity and we can offer resident tuition fees through the Western Undergraduate Exchange program. We are also examining international recruitment opportunities where NMSU offers a competitive advantage and we plan to develop international partnerships in key areas.”

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