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New students keep NMSU enrollment high

Enrollment numbers at New Mexico State University are up. A total of 28,792 students counted at all NMSU campuses on the fall 2007 census date is an increase of 6 percent over last year. The university's main campus saw a headcount increase of nearly 2 percent with 16,723 students.

Additionally, the main campus posted a 2.1 percent increase in student credit hours for the fall 2007 semester, an important number for state funding. This marks the second year in a row the university has posted gains in both student headcount and student credit hours.

"This is remarkable. This is one of many pieces of good news and shows NMSU is successful in reaching out in new ways to find new students," said President Michael Martin. "Because we have a done a good job of retaining students and graduating students we are one of the very few institutions in the state that will qualify for additional new funding under the state formula."

"This is a university effort," said Bernadette Montoya, assistant vice president for enrollment management. "Everyone plays a role to make sure we are successful in attracting new students. These numbers tell us students from around the state are choosing NMSU as their university of choice."

The numbers were led by a 7 percent increase in the enrollment of new students to the main campus. That includes incoming freshmen and transfer students from other universities and other NMSU campuses.

"It looks like recruitment efforts are really paying off. The different NMSU colleges have really been energized with their own recruitment efforts. I think we are seeing positive results," said Montoya.

NMSU's community colleges showed dramatic increases. NMSU Alamogordo posted a 14.6 percent increase in student credit hours and a 22.4 percent increase in student headcount, to 2,322 students. NMSU Doņa Ana had a 7.7 percent increase in credit hours and a 9.6 percent increase in headcount, to 7,585 students. Student headcount increased 15.4 percent, to 1,411 students, at NMSU Carlsbad and credit hours increased 3.9 percent. NMSU Grants had an 8.1 percent increase in headcount, to 751 students, and a 3.4 percent increase in credit hours.

"Many of the students we spoke to said they felt more comfortable staying in their hometowns and going to their community colleges," said Montoya. "We will be looking for these students again once they earn their associates degrees."

Montoya said the university already is planning for next year. NMSU recruiters will start traveling to high schools later this month, to get a head start on fall 2008.