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New Mexico State University's freshman class largest ever

The largest freshman class ever has boosted fall enrollment at New Mexico State University's main campus to 15,449 students, an increase of 0.3 percent from last fall's 15,409.


The number of first-time freshmen rose by 3.1 percent, to 2,246. It is the fourth consecutive year that new freshman enrollment has increased -- a trend that NMSU Vice President for Administration Juan N. Franco attributes to several factors, including the university's marketing and recruiting efforts and the availability of new scholarships.

The overall enrollment increase would have been higher except for a drop in the number of graduate students, due primarily to a strong job market for graduates with bachelor's degrees, Franco said. "If they have to make a choice between a job at IBM for $50,000 and graduate school, they will probably choose to take the job," he said.

Graduate school enrollment declined by 6 percent, from 2,378 students last fall to 2,236 this semester.

All of NMSU's branch campuses saw enrollment growth. The Dona Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces grew by 4 percent, from 4,299 students to 4,471. NMSU-Alamogordo's enrollment is up 4.1 percent, from 1,845 to 1,920. The NMSU-Carlsbad campus grew by 10.3 percent, from 1,102 students to 1,215. And NMSU-Grants saw an 8 percent increase, from 566 students to 611.

Total enrollment for the main and branch campuses increased by 2 percent, from 23,356 students to 23,818.