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NMSU fall 2008 enrollment largest ever at more than 30,000

New Mexico State University is awaiting the final count of fall 2008 enrollment numbers, which are showing a promising overall increase to more than 30,000, the largest enrollment the university has ever had.

Final enrollment numbers will not be available until Monday, Sept. 8, but if the count remains steady through the end of the census on Sept. 5, NMSU should see an overall combined increase in enrollment of more than 8 percent. The Las Cruces campus numbers are holding steady at a possible increase of almost 3 percent.

"The largest growth is in our community colleges, which bodes well for us as an institution," said Robert Moulton, interim executive vice president and provost. "Our community colleges offer access throughout the state. They offer smaller classes and help prepare students for upper division classes. Often we see these students transfer to the Las Cruces campus, but we are also serving the state through distance delivery and other blended delivery methods. Some students can obtain graduate degrees without ever leaving their communities. We're about helping people succeed."

NMSU-Grants has a very promising increase of more than 46 percent, with NMSU-Alamogordo showing a possible increase of more than 30 percent. The NMSU campus at Carlsbad has observed a possible increase of more than 13 percent. Doņa Ana Community College is showing an increase of almost 10 percent.

"Everybody wins when we grow," Moulton said. "Our best recruiters are our satisfied students."

Enrollment numbers can change until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, because that is the last hour and census date to officially adjust the numbers, taking into account class drops by students up to the end of Friday.