The flagship university of the Eastern New Mexico University system, the Portales campus, has recorded the highest enrollment in its 82-year history, with a fall 2017 enrollment of 6,027.
Undergraduate student numbers total 4,599 and graduate enrollment is 1,428, the university announced in a news release. Fall 2016 enrollment was 6,014.
“I was glad to see that we continued our 20-plus-year trend of growing our enrollment. This year’s record of 6,027 represents a modest increase of 13 students, but also continues to show why we are considered the best university in New Mexico for student success,” said President J.S. Elwell.
First-time freshmen increased 0.8 percent and graduate students grew by 0.5 percent. Retention of fall 2016 first-time, full-time freshmen was at 63 percent, improved from 59 percent retention of fall 2015 first-time, full-time freshmen.
Residence halls were full on the first day of classes, and the campus apartments were also fully occupied.
“Over the past several years we have initiated a number of retention programs that have paid off. Our retention grew by more than 3.5 percent this year, and I am hopeful that the new Greyhound Connection program elicits similar increases next year,” Elwell said.
ENMU’s enrollment in fall 2000 was 3,581 and has grown by 68 percent to the current 6,027. ENMU was identified as the 19th fastest-growing public master’s institution from 2005-2015 by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac.