Created: 08/16/2013 8:56 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The University of New Mexico isn't expecting any more or less students when classes begin next week, but the number of freshmen enrolled exceeded their expectations.
The university reports about 29,000 students are enrolled for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year, which is consistent with last year's numbers.
Terry Babbitt with UNM said enrollment has been steady for the past couple of years because the university works closely with students to enroll in the classes they need and with financial aid.
"We've done targeted messaging and really tried to push the message that the quality of education is exceptional and the value at the cost is also exceptional," Babbitt said.
As for the incoming freshman class, UNM received around 11,000 applications, which Babbitt said was normal. However, there was a slight jump in how many actually enrolled at the university.
Last year, about 3,400 students enrolled as freshmen. This year, UNM reports 3,500 enrolled--a three percent increase. Babbitt said the number actually surpassed the university's goal.
"We have more students living on campus now then we've ever had, so with that comes a very vibrant student life," Babbitt said.