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New Mexico State University enrollment up 5.4 percent overall

New Mexico State University's fall enrollment is up 5.4 percent from a year ago, according to final figures released this week.


nduplicated enrollment at the main campus in Las Cruces and the university's four branch campuses is 23,578, said Gladys De Necochea, vice president for student services and dean of students.

Enrollment at the main campus grew by 3.8 percent to 16,174 students, passing the 16,000 mark for the first time in the university's 115-year history.

Major growth was seen in graduate student enrollment, which increased by 15.3 percent to 3,377 students at the main campus. Undergraduate enrollment at the main campus is up by 1.2 percent to 12,797 students.

Minority student enrollment grew to 48.6 percent of the total at the main campus. Hispanic students make up 41.7 percent of the student body; American Indian students, 2.9 percent; African American students, 2.7 percent; and Asian American students, 1.3 percent.

All but one of NMSU's branch campuses saw enrollment growth compared with last fall. Enrollment at the Dona Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces grew by 8.0 percent to 5,587. NMSU-Alamogordo is up by 7.5 percent to 1,847 students. NMSU-Carlsbad saw a 10.1 percent increase, to 1,236 students. At NMSU-Grants, enrollment declined by 3.6 percent to 636 students.

Students who take courses at more than one NMSU campus are reflected in the unduplicated head count according to their primary campus affiliation.