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New Mexico State University enrollment up 2.3 percent

A large freshman class has pushed enrollment at New Mexico State University's main campus to 15,409 -- a 2.3 percent increase from last fall's enrollment of 15,067.

Vice President for Administration Juan N. Franco said first-time freshman enrollment at the main campus jumped 24.3 percent from last fall, to 2,095.

Franco said the growth is due largely to new scholarship assistance programs. More marketing to make students aware of NMSU programs is another apparent factor, he said.

Total fall enrollment for NMSU's main campus and the four branch campuses -- Dona Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces, NMSU-Alamogordo, NMSU-Carlsbad and NMSU-Grants -- is 23,356, up 0.8 percent from last fall's 23,176.

Following are the main campus enrollment figures by academic college:

College of Agriculture and Home Economics, 1,660, a 4.0 percent increase over last fall.

Arts and Sciences, 4,678, a 4.4 percent increase.

Business Administration and Economics, 2,158, up 4.6 percent.

Education, 2,330, a 1.1 percent decrease.

Engineering, 1,943, up 4.0 percent.

Health and Social Services, 2,494, down 4.0 percent.

The figures include undergraduate and graduate students. An additional 136 graduate students are pursuing interdisciplinary degrees or have not declared majors.

Following are the branch campus enrollments:

Dona Ana Branch Community College, 4,299, a 2.5 percent increase.

NMSU-Alamogordo, 1,845, an 8.2 percent decrease.

NMSU-Carlsbad, 1,102, down 3.7 percent.

NMSU-Grants, 566, down 4.6 percent.