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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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