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.