ENMU enrollment tops 4,000

Freedom Newspapers

PORTALES — Just as predicted on the first day of classes, the enrollment for Eastern New Mexico University topped the 4,000-student mark, according to school officials.

Enrollment for the fall semester is 4,052. It is the highest enrollment since 1975 when 4,248 were enrolled. Friday was the official census day for enrollment.

Enrollment is up 2.3 percent from the 2004 fall headcount, which was 3,959.

“We attribute the growth to the efforts of Eastern’s faculty and staff, including the graduate school and graduate coordinators, in showing prospective and current students personal attention,” ENMU President Steven Gamble said. “Eastern’s affordable tuition and academic reputation are well known and are keys to our enrollment success.”

Gamble said on the first day of classes registration estimates had ENMU at an approximate enrollment of 4,000. Gamble felt being able to attract Texas students at New Mexico tuition rates has helped the university as well.
Students from Texas can attend Eastern for in-state tuition if they live within 135 miles of the school.

A thorough analysis of the figures is being compiled, Gamble said.