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PORTALES—Eastern New Mexico University's fall enrollment of 4,300 is a 2.9 percent increase over the 2007 fall enrollment of 4,180. Credit hours are up 3.2 percent, from 44,513 to 45,940.
"We're pleased with the increase in enrollment," said Dr. Steven Gamble, ENMU president. "In today's academic environment, any increase in enrollment and credit hours is good news. We believe that our continuing growth shows that our reputation for high academic quality at an affordable price, combined with personal attention, is being recognized by an increasing number of prospective students and their parents."
Among other factors Gamble attributed to the increased enrollment was dramatic growth in the nursing program, a large array of Internet courses, and dual enrollment for high school students taking ENMU courses--especially in agriculture.
First-time freshmen (including ones who enrolled this summer) increased from 551 in fall 2007 to 567 in fall 2008, an increase of 2.9 percent.
The average ACT/SAT (converted to ACT) increased from 19.7 in fall 2007 to 19.9 for fall 2008.