‘Meet the Campus’ sees an increase of freshmen

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According to statistics from the admissions office at New Mexico Tech, 314 freshman were enrolled at NMT in 2009, and the number increased to 416 students in 2011.

Meet the Campus was held this year on June 29 with a total of 106 freshman student participation. There are more than 400 freshman enrolled for fall this year. NMT’s second annual Meet the Campus for incoming freshman helps students familiarize themselves with the campus and their departments for their major.

“Meet the Campus is successful, it creates a more relaxed atmosphere,” said Mike Kloeppel, director of admission.

The number of Hispanic freshmen and transfer students accepted into NMT this year is 28 percent, and the college is considered a Hispanic-serving school, Kloeppel said.

The female-to-male ratio hasn’t changed, and remains constant with a ratio of three to one.

Admissions continues to recruit potential students at Socorro High School. Any females interested in science in technology are encouraged to apply at NMT, Kloeppel said.

“We target students who show interest,” he said. “We visit with math and science teachers. We talk to students any chance we get.”

Under the Western Undergraduate Exchange, which serves public institutions in 13 states, NMT reaches out to eight states — Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Washington and New Mexico.

Under the exchange, NMT can offer students in these states reduced cost in tuition because there is a constant enrollment of students from these states over the last three to four years, Kloeppel said.

In-state students make up 70 percent of freshman students enrolled at NMT, compared to 30 percent of out-of-state students.

“Meet the Campus isn’t an orientation, it’s a way for students to get set up with P.O. boxes and I.D. cards. Students who attend Meet the Campus are committed students,” Kloppel said.

There will be a second Meet the Campus before actual orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 17, when students who didn’t participate in June will come to familiarize themselves with the campus and register for classes if they haven’t yet.

“This is the second year Meet the Campus has been at NMT,” Kloeppel said. “It’s a way for students to have a personal connection to who they’ll be working with while they are here. It’s beneficial to both students and parents.”