For the fifth consecutive year, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has set new enrollment records, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors reported to the Board of Trustees on September 3.
Chancellor Meadors reported enrollment of 5,015 for the fall semester, compared to 4,722 a year ago. It is a gain of 6.2 percent for one year and 64 percent since 1999.
Not only did enrollment surpass the 5,000 milestone, graduate school enrollment passed the 500 mark (507) and American Indian enrollment passed the 1,000 mark (1026) for the first time in University history.
“Since 1999 we have experienced a 49 percent increase in American Indian student enrollment, and that is in a declining population of American Indian high school graduates,” Chancellor Meadors said. “That’s a remarkable accomplishment.”
Asian (86), Hispanic (114) and international (52) student enrollment are all at record levels. The University also added 15 faculty members this year, Chancellor Meadors said.
“This is a tremendous milestone for this University,” said Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. Clark supervises the Office of Admissions, UNCP’s office of student recruitment.
Chancellor Meadors agreed with Clark. “That’s pretty impressive,” he said.
The new enrollment records are even more impressive this year because the new freshman class of 760 is smaller than last year’s record freshman class of 809. Record numbers of transfers (500) and graduate students made up the difference.
Another all-time record for students living on campus was set this fall, said Dr. Diane Jones, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. There are 1,240 residential students, and the occupancy rate is 92 percent. Another 231 students live just off campus in the University Courtyard Apartments.
In other news, Carl Meares Jr. of Fair Bluff is the new chair for the Board of Trustees, replacing Gervais Oxendine who served two one-year terms. Becky Bullard of Lumberton is the new vice chair and Dr. Freda Porter of Pembroke is secretary. Oxendine and Dr. Porter are UNCP graduates, and Porter is a former faculty member.