sets record at UNC Pembroke
C. Meadors reported to the UNC Pembroke Board of Trustees that Spring
Semester enrollment set an all-time record. It is the eighth consecutive
semester of record-breaking enrollment gains at UNCP.
Enrollment for the
Spring Semester is 4,669, a decline of 1.1 percent from the fall. At
the start of the Spring Semester last year, enrollment was 4,217.
"That we had
only a 1.1 percent drop from Fall Semester is unbelievable," Chancellor
Meadors said. "I am extremely proud of that."
The addition of
160 transfer students and 44 new freshmen helped offset the graduation
of 395 students in December 2003, Chancellor Meadors said.
admission and inquiries from prospective students at the Office of Admissions
are the highest ever, said Jackie Clark, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment
Management. Retention of freshmen students and SAT scores of applicants
are also improved, Clark said.
The number of students
living on campus this semester also set a record. The Office of Student
Housing reports 1,114 students live on campus, an increase of 190 from
last year. Fewer than 700 students lived on campus in 1999.
said he expects 2,000 students to be living in the Town of Pembroke
in the Fall Semester.
Major campus construction
projects, including the Oxendine Science Building and mold remediation
inside the Dial Humanities Building, are on schedule, Chancellor Meadors
The Oxendine Science
Building, which is the largest construction project in the University's
history at $17 million, is on schedule for an August opening despite
poor weather this winter.
The Dial building,
which was closed in October 2003 after tests revealed high levels of
black mold in the air, is also expected to be ready for the Fall Semester.
Mold has been removed from the inside of the building, and new windows
will be installed.
The cost of mold
remediation, estimated at $2.5 million, would be allocated from state
repair and renovation funds, Chancellor Meadors said.
also announced that Spring Commencement would be held outdoors on May
8. Spring Commencement will be on the old soccer field next to Lumbee
The trustees approved
the demolition of a small house on the north side of campus. The University
recently purchased the small parcel of property and a house that was
surrounded by the campus.
The trustees also
approved the demolition of the garage and storage area in the old Physical
Plant Complex. It will make way for the new Bookstore and Office of
Business Services. The new Physical Plant Complex, located on the north
end of campus, is expected to open in May.
to University Newswire