Shatters Records; Leads UNC in Enrollment Gains
The University of
North Carolina at Pembroke has surpassed an impressive list of milestones
at the start of the 2000-2001 academic year.
-- Largest total enrollment 3,444, up 12 percent
-- Largest freshman class 578, up 20 percent
-- Largest on-campus residency 1000, up 18 percent
-- Highest average SAT, class ranking and GPA scores for a freshman
-- Largest full-time faculty -- 157 vs. 148 last year
We also have
the most diverse freshman class in UNCP history in terms of the nations,
states and counties of their origin, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors
said. It is not just the number and diversity of students that
is so important; it is the quality of students we have attracted that
makes this an outstanding recruiting year.
The high school
grade point average for incoming freshman is 2.99 compared with 2.84
last year. Freshman SAT scores and class rank are also highest ever.
body comes from 24 states and 15 foreign nations. Out-of-state students
are up 30 percent and international students are up 50 percent.
said the university has taken great strides in fulfilling its mission.
The past year
has been a time of critical action for the university, he said.Our
quest is to be the best, Comprehensive I, public university in the nation.
and sharper promotional materials were part of the reason for the recruitment
success, said Admissions Director Jackie Clark, but its not the
got an outstanding effort from the entire Office of Admissions,
Ms. Clark said. In UNCP, we have a great story to tell, and were
communicating it to target audiences more effectively.
One of the consequences
of the enrollment boom is that on-campus residency is on the rise. There
are 1,000 students in dorms this semester, an increase of 25 percent.
19 rooms in Wellons Residence Hall had three occupants to a room, despite
the opening Pine Hall, a new, 300-bed residence hall she said.
The good news
is that all of this happened before the boom in high school graduates
expected in 2002, Chancellor Meadors said.
Of the 16 UNC institutions,
UNC Pembroke had the largest enrollment gains in all key categories,
according to preliminary figures.
UNC freshman enrollment
was up 2.8 percent and ranged from a gain of 15.8 percent at Appalachain
State University to a loss of 32.3 percent at Fayetteville State University.
at UNC was up 1 percent and ranged from a gain of 3.6 percent at North
Carolina State University to a loss of 4.9 percent at FSU.
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