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Enrollment up at New Mexico State University

Fall enrollment at New Mexico State University's main and branch campuses is up by 3 percent over last fall's enrollment, said Vice President for Student Services Gladys De Necochea.

nrollment is 24,302, an increase of 718 students, according to final official figures. At the main campus in Las Cruces, enrollment grew by 1.6 percent, from 16,174 students last fall to a record 16,428 this semester.

The growth at the main campus was fueled in part by a 56.4 percent increase in students enrolled in distance education classes and a 6.8 percent increase in new first-time freshmen.

The distance education enrollment grew from 910 last fall to 1,423 this semester, said Carmen Gonzales, vice provost for extended learning.

"There has been a concerted effort to expand the number of programs available through distance education," Gonzales said.

The number of first-time freshmen increased from 1,981 last fall to 2,115 this fall.

Among the branch campuses, Dona Ana Branch Community College saw the largest increase, growing by 8.8 percent from 5,590 students last year to 6,083 this year.

NMSU-Grants increased by 8.5 percent, from 636 last fall to 690 this semester.

Enrollment at NMSU-Carlsbad held steady at 1,236 students.

NMSU-Alamogordo saw a 3 percent decline in enrollment, from 1,850 last fall to 1,795 this year. De Necochea noted that the Alamogordo enrollment is affected by deployments at Holloman Air Force Base.