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NMSU shows slight increase in Spring 2005 enrollment

Final enrollment figures for the spring 2005 semester show a slight increase in enrollment at New Mexico State University, although many of the university's campuses have fewer students than last spring.


Overall, the university has enrolled 22,607 students this semester, compared to 22,479 in the spring 2004 semester.

The overall increase was due to a 12.5 increase in students at the Dona Ana Branch Community College. The community college has 5,724 students this semester, compared to 5,086 in the spring 2005 semester. Voters on Feb. 1 approved passage of a $14 million bond issue that will enable the college to construct new facilities to keep pace with its growing enrollment.

At the main NMSU campus in Las Cruces, enrollment is down 1.4 percent, with 14,992 students taking classes this semester compared to 15,202 students in spring 2004.

"The enrollment drop reported on main campus is, in part, reflective of a record number of students who graduated in fall," said Gladys De Necochea, vice president for student services. "The December 2004 graduating class numbered 1,588 strong, representing a 9.5 percent increase over the previous fall."

De Necochea said a notable and recurring enrollment trend is the significant increase in the percent of students taking distance education courses - nearly doubling from 1,097 last spring to 2,190 this spring. The availability of mid-semester courses and various compressed schedule distance education course offerings will likely result in an increase in the enrollment of students desiring greater flex in their work/study schedules.

Enrollment at other NMSU campuses this spring is as follows: Alamogordo - 1,725 (down from 1,794 in spring 2004); Carlsbad - 1,169 (down from 1,239 in spring 2004); and Grants - 612 (down from 637 in spring 2004).