Silver City – Enrollment at Western New Mexico University has increased to a record high during the fall 2010 semester.
A 1.12 percent increase in student headcount represents another enrollment record for WNMU, which now has the highest student population since its inception in 1893.
More than 3,300 students are enrolled at the main campus in Silver City and at the four learning centers in Deming, Lordsburg, Truth or Consequences and Gallup. Enrollment numbers also include students who are taking online courses.
"The enrollment reflects a continuing increase in the number of students taking online and dual-enrollment courses," said Dr. Chris Farren, Vice President for Student Affairs.
More than 600 students were enrolled at WNMU while in high school through the dual enrollment program, during the 2009-2010 academic year.
Credit hours for students taking online courses increased by 6 percent.
"Our goal is to provide access to time and place-bound students," said Donna Rees, Dean of the Extended University.
"The increase in credit hours shows that we are accomplishing our goal."
WNMU offers five online degrees including a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.