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Among the most meaningful changes have been those occasioned by the student body. Foremost among influences upon the University has been the continuing rapid growth of the student population. In September, 1947, there were 4,495 students enrolled. That represented a gain approximately threefold over the last truly prewar academic year, 1940-41. But the 1947 enrollment was, in the thinking of the time, a rather artificial figure, for a large number of our students in that year were World War II veterans, going to college under provisions of the so-called GI Bill of Rights. Nevertheless, we were embarking on a period of unprecedented enrollment growth, even though the tide of veterans ebbed and the onset of the Korean War depleted our student ranks to a post-World War II low of 3, 796 in 1951. Every year after 1951 brought further enrollment expansion to the University until in 1967 UNM registered 13,832 students. Nor is the end in sight. Barring unforeseen events of catastrophic conseqttel1ce, we may confidently expect ever larger enrollments each fall. Owing to the much-publicized postwar "baby boom," there simply arc many more young men and women of college age than there were 25 or 30 years ago. But more important, a significant change in the popular attitude towards higher education has taken place. Whereas in the years preceding World War II a college education was generally considered something of it luxury reserved for the relatively well-to-do, in today\'s world education beyond the high school level is considered appropriate-if not, in fact, necessary-for all young people.


UNM Annual Reports, 1966-1967


University of New Mexico




University of New Mexico Press