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1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130
p. 575-562-1011
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Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus

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Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) was established in 1934 and is New Mexico’s largest regional university.

In 1927 it was decided to set up a school in Portales for the higher education needs of high school graduates living in eastern New Mexico. In 1934, the erstwhile Eastern New Mexico Junior College was founded, with a total enrollment of 145 students. Five year later, the Eastern New Mexico Junior College was renamed Eastern New Mexico College. Over the years, the college evolved and started offering master’s degree programs. In 1955, the state legislature renamed the school, giving it its current designation. More buildings were constructed and enrollment continued to steadily increase.

The university is comprised of four colleges: College of Business, College of Education and Technology, College of Fine Arts, and College of Liberal Arts and Science. ENMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The main campus of ENMU offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, with the top undergraduate majors being biology, business administration, communication, criminal justice, education, and psychology. The undergraduate degree programs offered at the Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus include Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Occupational Education (BOE), Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE), Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees. Students can select from a number of majors such as accounting, anthropology, aviation science, business education, environmental science, and geology.

Graduate degrees offered at the ENMU include master’s degrees in business administration, education, counseling, physical education, special education, anthropology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and communications.

The university also offers a number of non-credit courses in diverse areas of study such as exercise and fitness, museum administration, grant writing, and legal nursing.

Most Popular Fields of Study


ENMU admits first-time freshmen from accredited high schools or equivalent, transfer students, and freshmen from non-accredited home school or high school. Students applying for undergraduate degree programs need to submit a completed admission form along with their high school or college transcripts. Freshman applicants must have completed four years of English, two years of social studies, four years of mathematics, and two years of science.

International students need to submit a completed application for admission and a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their educational expenses for a year. They are required to submit their high school and college transcripts and provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores.

Financial Aid

The university offers financial aid to students to help cover their educational expenses. Various forms of financial aid available to students include federal and state grants, loans, work-study opportunities, and scholarships. To apply for financial aid from the ENMU, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal and state aid programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, New Mexico Student Incentive Grant, and the College Affordability Grant. Students may also be eligible for Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, and PLUS Loans for parents. Different student employment options include on- and off-campus part-time employment, community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. Among the scholarships available for ENMU students are the Native American Tribal Scholarship, Daniels Fund Scholarship, Chase Scholarship, Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarship, and NM Counties Electric Co-op Scholarship.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5542nd for the average student loan amount.
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ENMU offers numerous activities to ensure that the college experience of the students is meaningful. The campus features a number of student clubs and organizations such as Accounting/Financing Club, Alpha Xi Psi, Aqua Hounds, Fusion Funk Collective, Hospitality Club, and Greyhound Grapplers (MMA). The student newspaper is known as The Chase.

Some prominent cultural attractions for the students of the university include the Blackwater Draw Museum and Archaeological Site, Golden Library, Roosevelt County Historical Museum, and the Natural History Museum.

Most students opt to live in the on-campus apartments or residence halls. The apartments have one, two, and four-bedroom options. Dining options are available for students at the Campus Union Dining Hall, Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building, the Golden Library, and the CUB.

The Counseling and Career Services Center provides useful personal and career-related guidance to the students. Tutoring services are available for students in many disciplines, such as sciences, mathematics, English, and business. The Student Health Services Department provides emergency medical care and treatment for minor illnesses. The campus bookstore stocks textbooks, apparels, gifts, office and school supplies, consumer electronics, and supplies. The Associated Students of ENMU is a form of student government and represents the voice of the students in university governance.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


ENMU is a member of the Lone Star Conference and competes at the NCAA Division II level. The university’s athletic teams include: men’s basketball, soccer, football, and baseball; women’s basketball, soccer, volleyball, and softball; men’s and women’s cross country, track and field, rodeo, and Spirit Squad. The intramural sports include flag football, indoor volleyball, indoor soccer, dodgeball, and tennis.

Information Summary

Ranks 7th in New Mexico and 1555th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.04
Arrest 9 0.16

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 33 0.27
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 4 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 178 1.43
Larceny 278 2.24
Vehicle theft 17 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Portales, NM 88130
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population16,739 (11,625 urban / 5,114 rural)
Households6,155 (2.60 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,584
Families4,171 (3.14 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3503

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1778th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,924 $2,924 $8,435
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,634 $1,634 $1,634
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $190 $190 $420
FT Graduate Tuition $3,356 $3,356 $9,030
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,634 $1,634 $1,634
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $208 $208 $444
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,149 $16,149 $21,660
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,533 $17,533 $23,044
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,883 $9,883 $15,394

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,147 $4,350 $4,147 $4,350 $9,658 $9,861
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $950
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,830 $6,090
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,270 $4,375
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,352 $7,650
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,270 $4,375
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,270 $4,375

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,245 (1,009 male / 1,236 female)
Admitted 1,419 (773 male / 646 female)
Admission rate 63%
First-time Enrollment 659 (313 male / 346 female)
FT Enrollment 652 (310 male / 342 female)
PT Enrollment 7 (3 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment5,847

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Lone Star Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Lone Star Conference

ACT Test Admission

1161st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 22

SAT Test Admission

931st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 13%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 820 / 1080

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity783
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,018
Board Fee$3,250

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 27 33 230 13 13 485 11 835
Accounting 1 8 10
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations 1 1
Agricultural Production Operations, General
Agricultural Teacher Education 1 1
Agriculture, General 3 1 4 8
Anthropology 4 7 2 14
Art/Art Studies, General 1 9 1 11 22
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 13 1 2 24 43
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 2 22 26
Biochemistry 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 10 16
Business Administration and Management, General 12 1 18 1 1 48 2 83
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 1 2
Chemistry, General 2 1 3
Child Care and Support Services Management
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 4 7 12
Clinical/Medical Social Work 9 5 15
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 3 5
Counseling Psychology 1 5 9 16
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 2
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 2 11 11 1 27
Culinary Arts/Chef Training
Dairy Science 6 5 11
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 2 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 6 7 14
Education, General 2 11 3 64 80
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 16 1 22 1 43
Engineering Technology, General 1 1 1 3
English Language and Literature, General 1 1 4 7
Environmental Science 1 2 3
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 5 7
Fire Science/Fire-fighting
Forensic Science and Technology 1 2 3
General Studies 3 14 42 1 63
Geology/Earth Science, General 3 3
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1
History, General 1 1 9 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 18 1 36 1 60
Management Information Systems, General 1 1 1 3
Mathematics, General 1 4 6 11
Music, General 2 6 7 15
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 5 2 12 22
Political Science and Government, General 1 3 2 1 7
Pre-Nursing Studies
Psychology, General 2 7 1 16 1 27
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 14 2 16 1 35
Religion/Religious Studies 1 1 3 5
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Sciences, General
Sociology 7 7
Spanish Language and Literature 5 1 1 7
Special Education and Teaching, General 4 1 10 15
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9 1 12 4 1 17 45
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 1 1 8 11
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 4 2 6

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3024th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,053 ($58,870 male / $49,313 female)
Number of FT Faculty 158 (77 male / 81 female)
Number of PT Faculty 310
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $3,323,064

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