Freshman population reaches record high
By Amanda Hickey
When walking across campus, many are noticing that there are many more students than there were last year.
While the official census data was not available until after press time, according to Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Jackie Clark the estimates are over 1,100 freshmen this fall.
There were only 955 freshmen last year, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors told the general faculty on Aug. 22.
Not only is freshman enrollment up from last year, but overall enrollment has risen as well, Clark said. There is also a significant increase in students living on campus, and more students living off campus, she continued.
“That makes for a different living and learning environment,” Clark said.
The UNCP student population, as a whole, is probably around 5,900, according to Dr. Meadors.
The number of faculty has risen as well.
There are 290 full time faculty, Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Charles F. Harrington told faculty members at the Aug. 22 meeting.
The growth of the UNCP family is bringing a new feeling to Pembroke, Clark said.
“There is a strong sense of a university town,” she said.