September 17, 2014
The systemwide enrollment for fall 2014 at New Mexico State University is 26,694 as of Sept. 5, the university’s census date. The numbers are down 5.5 percent from 2013. At the Las Cruces campus enrollment was 15,829, a decrease of 5.6 percent.
”We had several large incoming classes early in the economic downturn, and those students are now leaving NMSU with degrees,” said Bernadette Montoya, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. “We had our largest incoming freshman class in 2009. Since then, the number of New Mexico high school graduates has declined and we have had smaller incoming classes.”
The incoming class of freshmen and transfer students is about the same as last year, at just under 2,600 students. The incoming class of graduate students has increased 7 percent.
Montoya expects that NMSU enrollment should be stabilizing.
”Demographic effects are always in flux, but we should see increasing numbers of graduates from New Mexico high schools, although jobs also will likely be more plentiful as the economy continues to improve,” she said.
NMSU’s community colleges also had a decline in enrollment in fall 2014. The NMSU Carlsbad campus had 1,852 students, down 0.5 percent. Enrollment at NMSU Grants was 942, down 2.9 percent. NMSU’s Doña Ana Community College had 8,448 students, a decline of 4.4 percent. NMSU’s Alamogordo campus had 2,095 students, down 14.8 percent.
For fall 2014, student credit hours tallied 301,144 at all NMSU campuses, down 5.3 percent, and student credit hours at the Las Cruces campus was 188,262 a drop of 4.3 percent.