But the good news keeps on coming.
Hampton University in Virginia, ranked as the third-best historically Black college or university in the United States by U.S. News and World Report (See JBHE post), reports that there are 1,400 first-year students on campus this fall. This is up 40 percent from a year ago. The increase in first-year students made it necessary for Hampton to hire adjunct professors for some introductory courses. And some first-year students are being housed in dormitories that had been reserved for returning students.
Historically Black Mississippi Valley State University reports an 8 percent increase in enrollments this year compared to a year ago. There are 195 more students on campus this fall than was the case in 2015. It is the third year in a row that the university has seen an increase in enrollments.
Dillard University in New Orleans has 1,261 students enrolled this fall. This is a 6 percent increase from 2015. This year’s enrollment is the second highest since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005. First-time enrollment of entering students is up 17 percent and enrollment of international students is up 25 percent.
Alcorn State University in Mississippi reports it first increase in enrollments since 2011. There are 3,730 students on campus this fall, an increase of 212 students, or 6 percent. The enrollment increase is the result of a large rise in first-year enrollments and a larger number of students from outside of Mississippi.
Kentucky State University in Frankfort reports that there are 109 more students on campus this fall than in 2015. This is an increase of 6.9 percent. This is the first enrollment increase since 2013. Enrollments are up for first-time entering students, transfer students, and graduate students.
Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, has the largest entering class in its history with 1,177 students. Total enrollments of 3,964 is also an all-time high at the university.
North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro has shown an enrollment increase in each of the past three years. This year, total enrollments of 11,150 students represents a 3 percent increase from a year ago.
Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, has 764 students in its entering class compared to 684 first-year students in 2015. This is an increase of 11.5 percent. Total enrollments of 3,002 students are up slightly from a year ago.
Enrollment increases result in more revenue for these schools and strengthens their overall financial position.