Chancellor Allen 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.
Applications for 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.
Chancellor Meadors 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 said.
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.
Chancellor Meadors also announced that Spring Commencement would be held outdoors on May 8. Spring Commencement will be on the old soccer field next to Lumbee Hall.
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.