UNM-LA Fall Enrollment Continues Upward Trend

UNM-LA Interim Executive Director, Cindy Rooney, Ph.D. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Enrollment numbers at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) continue to steadily increase, contrary to a statewide enrollment decline at colleges and universities.

Unofficial census numbers compiled after the first 21 days of the fall semester show that 964 students are enrolled at UNM-LA this fall semester. This is up 11 percent over last fall, which was up 13 percent over the preceding year.

In a recent report to the UNM-LA Advisory Board, Interim Executive Director Cindy Rooney, Ph.D. added that, “Our total Student Credit Hours (SCH) are also up this fall. We have 6,019 SCH this fall, which is an increase of 9 percent over last fall, which was 4 percent higher than the preceding year.”

Rooney noted that enrollment is up across various areas, “We have growth in our online classes, as well as in our face-to-face, web enhanced, and hybrid classes. We also are serving more dual credit and concurrent enrollment students this fall.” 

Both Rooney and Kathryn Vigil, UNM-LA’s Student Enrollment director, attribute the enrollment growth to UNM-LA’s reputation of delivering a quality education at a reasonable cost.

“Students expect to receive a quality education and want affordability. UNM Los Alamos delivers both, and this is part the reason why enrollment is up,” Vigil said. “Our unique programs in EMS, Fire Science, and other STEM fields prepare students for successful careers and are known for their excellence. We also have very strong transfer degree programs. More people across New Mexico are discovering the many reasons why UNM-LA should be part of their pathway, and we are committed to continue our efforts to get the word out.”

Rooney added, “We have attracted an increased number of students to UNM-LA and now our instructors, advisors, and tutors in the Academic Support Center are all working with the students to help them successfully complete their classes and ultimately their degree programs. Our goal is to provide a quality education for students that will prepare them for future academic pursuits and careers.”

For more information about UNM-LA, call 505.662.5919 or visit losalamos.unm.edu.

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