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New Mexico State University shows slight enrollment growth

Total enrollment for New Mexico State University campuses is 24,355 students this fall, an increase of 0.2 percent from last fall's systemwide enrollment of 24,302.

puses showed significant growth - NMSU-Dona Ana enrollment rose by 8.0 percent, to 6,570 students, and NMSU-Alamogordo grew by 6.7 percent, to 1,915.

Enrollment at the main campus in Las Cruces is 16,072, a decrease of 2.2 percent from last fall's enrollment of 16,428.

Gladys De Necochea, vice president for student services, said the main campus in Las Cruces reported an increase in the number of first-time freshmen drawn from New Mexico, but an unexpected downturn in the number of out-of-state students enrolling under tuition waiver programs caused the total number of first-time freshmen to drop by 8.3 percent, from 2,115 last fall to 1,939 this semester.

"We are pleased to see that we have increased our market share of students graduating from New Mexico high schools," De Necochea said. "In addition, undergraduate transfers have increased by nearly 5 percent over the previous year. And as in the past several semesters, distance education continues to see impressive growth, with a 44.3 percent increase in students."

The number of students enrolled in distance education programs currently is 2,060, up from 1,428 at this time last fall.

Enrollment declined by 0.8 percent at NMSU-Carlsbad, from 1,236 last fall to 1,226 this semester, and by 11.9 percent at NMSU-Grants, from 690 to 608 students.