Eastern New Mexico University is a four-year, public state university located in Portales, New Mexico. While its main campus is in Portales, ENMU also has branch campuses located in Roswell and Ruidoso. In 1929, New Mexico legislators passed a decree to develop a new state university; however, the university didn’t open until seven years later in 1934 due to the Great Depression. For the first six years after opening, the university was named Eastern New Mexico Junior College. In 1940, the school began to offer four-year degrees and as a result, the school was retitled Eastern New Mexico College. In 1949, the institution added a graduate school and the same year the school adopted its current name.
ENMU has several notable alumni including Mike Sinclair, Jack Williamson, Kysa Daniels, Katherine D. Ortega, and Ronny Cox. Eastern New Mexico University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Eastern New Mexico University has a population of 5,814 with 4,586 undergraduate students and 1,228 graduate students. Students at ENMU come from all but one of the 50 states and 17 countries. There is a greater percentage of female to male students for both graduate and undergraduate enrollment. ENMU is fairly ethnically diverse with about 50 percent Caucasian students, 35 percent Hispanic students, five percent African American students, two percent Native American students and one percent Asian students. There are many organizations and clubs for students at ENMU to get involved in such as Greek life, intramurals, athletic games and many others. ENMU is considered to be a somewhat selective university and admits around 63 percent of applicants.
Some students who are residents of Texas with live within a 135-mile radius can qualify as in-state students. Eastern New Mexico University offers many financial aid opportunities to students in order to best create a valuable learning environment. Students can receive aid from loans, work-study employment, scholarships, grants and Federal Financial Aid. ENMU is one of 81 public Southwestern schools to qualify as in the top 10 percent of lowest tuition in the state.
ENMU is constantly growing and recently added degrees in hospitality management, forensic science, aviation science, animal and dairy science and environmental science. Students at ENMU can earn their associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Some of the top undergraduate majors include education, communication, psychology, biology, and business administration. Students pursuing an associate degree must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours, and bachelor programs require student to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. ENMU has 22 traditional graduate programs and nine entirely online graduate degrees. ENMU graduate programs require an average of 30 credit hours.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Public
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,386
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