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Enrollment increases by 1.8 percent at New Mexico State

Driven largely by increases in new freshmen and new graduate students, enrollment at New Mexico State University's main campus is up by 1.8 percent this fall.

ber of students enrolled at the main campus grew from 14,958 last fall to 15,224 this semester, said Juan N. Franco, interim vice president for student services.

When the four branch campuses are included, the university's total enrollment is 23,485, an increase of 1.6 percent from last fall's 23,112.

Franco noted a 4.7 percent increase in first-time freshmen at the main campus, up from 1,911 last fall to 2,000 this semester. The number of new graduate students enrolled at the main campus jumped by 33.2 percent, from 401 last fall to 534 this year, and the total number of graduate students is up by 7.6 percent, from 2,183 to 2,348.

The increase in new freshmen may be due in part to stepped-up recruiting activities across the state, Franco said. He attributed the growth in graduate students primarily to two factors -- an increase in the stipends paid to graduate assistants and a tighter job market.

Three of the university's four branch campuses have more students this year. The Alamogordo campus is up 0.3 percent, to 1,744; the Dona Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces is up 1.7 percent, to 4,717; and the Grants campus grew by 7.8 percent, to 620 students.

Franco said a 3.8 percent decline at the Carlsbad campus, to 1,011 students, is a reflection of population trends in the area served by the branch.