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Eastern New Mexico University (abbreviated ENMU), frequently called Eastern, is a state university in Portalesmarker, Roosevelt Countymarker, New Mexicomarker, USAmarker. It is the most recently-founded state university in New Mexico (legislated in 1927, opened in 1934).

ENMU's main campus is located in Portales and there are also two degree-granting branches, at Ruidosomarker and Roswellmarker.


A view of the main quad of ENMU.
The New Mexico legislature approved the construction and staffing of a normal school in eastern New Mexicomarker in 1927, and approved appropriation for construction in 1929, but the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression hindered the school's opening, which was delayed until 1934. (Construction had begun in 1931).

From 1934 to 1940, the institution, first named Eastern New Mexico Junior College (ENMJC) operated as a community college [145414]. In 1940, the third and fourth years of college were first offered, leading to a bachelor's degree, and the institution was re-named Eastern New Mexico College (ENMC). ENMC was accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as a four-year liberal arts college in 1946-47. Graduate work leading to the master's degree in some departments was added in 1949, and April 5, 1949, the Board of Regents approved the change of the institution's name to Eastern New Mexico University.

ENMU Branches

ENMU's main campus, consisting of more than , is located in Portales on the extreme eastern border of New Mexico, about halfway between the northern and southern boundaries of the state. (Portales is northeast of Roswellmarker, southwest of Amarillo, Texasmarker, and northwest of Lubbock, Texasmarker.)

The ENMU Ruidoso Campus is a two-year college or community college (one of 18 in New Mexico) and an official Branch of ENMU (branch status being granted in July 2005). Undergraduate and graduate course work completed at the ENMU-Ruidoso Branch campus is transferable for credit towards an undergraduate or graduate degree at ENMU-Portales, and, typically other undergraduate/graduate institutions in the United States. In 1991, the Ruidoso location had been established as the ENMU Ruidoso Branch Community College and offered two-year college academic and vocational programs. ENMU-Ruidoso offers Certificates of Completion, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as community education classes, customized training workshops, and adult basic education courses. It operates a One-Stop Career Center which provides free employment services for employers and job seekers in Lincoln Countymarker. The Center offers both an academic and vocational curriculum. (Ruidoso is located to the south-west of Portales, in a mountainous region of south-central New Mexico.)

The ENMU Roswell Campus, also a two-year branch, offers a wide variety of programs. The branch was established in the fall of 1958. In the spring of 1967, the institution moved to 12 buildings on of the former Walker Air Force Base. (Roswell is one of New Mexico's larger cities, located in the southeast section of the state).

University Organization

ENMU consists of four colleges and a graduate school:

College of Business
  • Department of Business Foundations
  • Department of Advanced Business Studies

College of Education and Technology
  • Department of Educational Studies,
  • Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Department of Family and Consumer Science and Agriculture
  • Department of Health and Physical Education

College of Fine Arts
  • Department of Art
  • Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Department of Music

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology
  • Department of Biology,
  • Department of Communicative Arts and Sciences
  • Department of Health and Human Services (Communication Disorders; Social Work)
  • Department of History, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Languages and Literature
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • Nursing Program
  • Department of Physical Sciences
  • Department of Psychology and Political Science
  • Department of Religion
  • Interdisciplinary Programs

Graduate School
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
(Emphasis areas in Applied Ecology, Botany, Biology Education, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Zoology)
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
(Emphasis areas in Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, Physical Chemistry)
  • Communicative Arts and Sciences
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Counseling
  • Education
    • School Counseling
    • Special Education
    • Physical Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Sport Administration and Sport Science
  • Psychology

Notable alumni

Donors to ENMU



ENMU's athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference. Teams composed of males are nicknamed the Greyhounds and those of females are called the Zia.


There have been 14 head coaches of the football team.

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