News Ranks UNCP High on its Affordable
Comes on Heels of Record Recruiting Year
U.S. News and
in its September 18, 2000 issue, listed The University of North Carolina
at Pembroke as one of the most affordable universities in the nation
to earn an undergraduate degree.
In 1999, only 40
percent of UNC Pembroke graduates owed money on their college education.
And the amount UNCP
graduates owed was third lowest among Southern regional universities,
according to a U.S. News survey released in its September 18th
The news came on
the heels of news that UNC Pembroke set new records this fall for total
enrollment and the number of new freshmen.
a leader in college rankings, also places UNCP second in the South for
the cultural diversity of its student body.
“We have known for
some time that The University of North Carolina at Pembroke offers an
affordable education,” said Chancellor Allen C. Meadors. “Thanks to
U.S. News, the world knows that we are one of the most affordable
universities in the nation.”
“This is a significant
accomplishment in this age of excessively high cost education. Everyone
at the university should be proud of this achievement, especially our
Financial Aid office,” Chancellor Meadors said. “This is also something
prospective students and their parents should be aware of.”
“We do everything
possible to make sure that the cost of an education is as affordable
as possible for our students and their families,” he said. “At the same
we offer a high quality education for the money as seen in our top ranking
in UNC’s annual survey of students and recent graduates satisfaction.”
UNCP ranked first
in 9 of 16 categories of the UNC survey including satisfaction with
overall instruction, advisement and career counseling.
Two other UNC schools,
Greensboro and Chapel Hill, rank in the top 20 for universities whose
graduates had the “least debt.” UNCP scored significantly better than
both in the U.S. News categories of “percent of graduates with
debt” and “average amount of debt.”
- Forty percent
of UNC Pembroke’s 1999 graduates had outstanding student loans, and
the average amount of that debt was $6,849.
- Fifty-eight percent
of UNC Greensboro’s graduates owed an average of $10,026.
- Sixty percent
of UNC Chapel Hill grads had loans averaging $12,900.
“This is further
proof that a UNCP student can receive a quality education at an affordable
price,” said Financial Aid Director Bruce Blackmon. “We try to exhaust
every grant option possible before we offer a student loan.”
“We make every effort
to make sure a student keeps their loan debt as low as possible, and
we advise students about the dangers of borrowing more than they need,”
Mr. Blackmon said. “It doesn't make sense for a student to graduate
from a four-year college or university and be $30,000 in debt before
they get their first job.”
As he often does,
Mr. Blackmon offered this advice about paying for a college education.
“Loans are an economical
way for a student to attend college,” he said. “For most students,
there is no interest charged on these loans while they are in school.
However, there is potential for abuse.”
For Admissions Director
Jackie Clark said the U.S. News report is just one more reason for high
school students to choose UNC Pembroke.
“This news has invigorated
our admissions office,” Ms. Clark said. “We’re taking the wraps off
one of the best kept secrets in higher education.”
“This is one more
tool in a growing arsenal of reasons for high school students to take
a look at us,” she said.
UNC Pembroke led
UNC in enrollment gains for freshmen (20.2 percent), graduate students
(28.1 percent) and overall enrollment gains (9.3 percent). Enrollment,
at 3,444 is highest ever.
“The good news is
that this is not only the biggest freshman class, it is the strongest
we’ve ever recruited in terms of their class rank and high school grade
point average,” the admissions director said. “If that’s not enough
this is also the most geographically diverse freshmen class to attend
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