By Tony Parra
It’s not a summer break from school for everybody as enrollment numbers for Eastern New Mexico University as of July 15 are up compared to the same time last year.
Wendel Sloan, public relations director for ENMU, reported enrollment of 1,411 students and last year at the same time enrollment was 1,271. The enrollment is up 10 percent from last semester.
University President Steven Gamble said the state of New Mexico provides funding to universities due to semester credit hours accumulated by students.
“Any time enrollment is up like that you’re happy,” Gamble said.
It’s a trend which has been prevalent throughout each semester. Spring enrollment has risen to 3,692, up from the 3,491 students enrolled in the spring semester of 2004. The highest enrollment number since the spring of 1994, when there were 3,778 students.
The good news is that the fall enrollment numbers have been in a steady increase since 1997. The fall enrollment at ENMU of 3,959 is the largest enrollment in the last 10 years since 1993, when there was an enrollment of 3,973 students.
Gamble said the university will have final summer enrollment numbers by the final week of August. Sloan said July 29th is the final day of the summer enrollment. Gamble said final summer enrollment numbers are tough to compare to previous years because of the different times workshops are offered.
For instance, last year a workshop was offered in late July that caused a spike of more than 200 students to the enrollment numbers for the summer. However, this year the workshop will take place on Aug. 5-6 which means those students will affect the fall semester enrollment numbers instead.