Silver City – Western New Mexico University (WNMU) has set a new record for spring enrollment.
More than 3,100 students are enrolled at WNMU this semester. That's up more than 9% from the Spring 2009 semester.
"We appreciate having the challenge of continuing quality education for this large number of additional students now attending WNMU," said Dr. Chris Farren, Vice President for Student Affairs.
Economic conditions in the state have pushed students to pursue higher education.
At WNMU, more than 150 students are displaced workers, primarily former miners who were laid off within the last year. Last month, 21 of these students received certificates of completion for their programs.
An easier application process and agreements with several community colleges in the region have attributed to increases in first-time freshman applicants.
Credit hours increased by 20% from the same time last year. Undergraduate students, graduates, and dual enrollment students who are attending both high school and WNMU have experienced increases in credit hours taken.
The spring enrollment figures have also been influenced by retention. This academic year, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Activities (MASA) has hosted more events on campus.
"For the first time ever we have weekly events that students participate in droves," said Maria Dominguez, MASA Director. "To accompany longstanding traditions like the Great Race, students have really stepped up and let us know exactly how we can enhance the college experience for them."