UNM expects drop in enrollment | KOB 4

UNM expects drop in enrollment

Patrick Hayes
August 24, 2018 07:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico is preparing for its sixth straight year of declining enrollment.


Matthew Hulett, UNM’s Director of Admissions, said there are a number of reasons for the drop, including the job market and the uncertainty surrounding the lottery scholarship.

According to data from UNM, attendance has dropped more than nine percent since 2012.

Last year, the university saw a three percent decrease when enrollment dropped from 27,060 to 26,278.

Another possibility for the decline, according to Hulett, “Lots of folks are deciding they’re going to enter the workforce and come back to higher education later.”

Moving forward, officials said they plan on engaging families sooner to promote the university as a possibility for their students.

“We hope that will help families understand the value and benefits of the university,” said Hulett.

The university said it will also expand some of its online programs.

“Those have to be picked carefully,” he said. “They have to be vetted through the university. The state gets involved with some of that. We’re still picking which ones we’re going to expand with first.”

UNM expects to know how big the drop in enrollment is within the next two weeks.


Patrick Hayes

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