University of New Mexico

New Mexico college enrollment drops amid push for reform

New Mexico colleges are seeing a decline in enrollment as the economy improves and administrators try to adjust and find ways to lure more students.

The state Department of Higher Education says the latest numbers show New Mexico saw a 2 percent statewide enrollment drop from 2013 to 2014. Officials expect 2015 numbers to also show a decrease, following a trend nationwide.

New Mexico State University, for example, reported an enrollment drop for 2015, continuing a decrease over five years like other schools in the state.

According to New Mexico State University, its 2015 fall enrollment was 15,490. Officials say that's a 14 percent drop from 2011.