The Nation’s Largest HBCU Continues to Exhibit Impressive Enrollment Growth

The nation’s largest historically Black college or university continues its impressive enrollment growth. North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro reports that there are 13,322 students on campus this fall. This is the highest enrollment in the university’s 120-year history. It is also the eighth consecutive year of enrollment increases.

Though the new student body includes growth at nearly every rank and level, a surge in first-year students was the major driver of this year’s increase: 2,930 freshmen are enrolled this fall, an increase of more than 37 percent from a year ago when first-year enrollments were heavily impacted by the COVDI-19 pandemic. The new enrollment statistics place the university in a position to reach its Fall 2023 goal of 14,000 students.

“We set ambitious and strategic goals for the expansion of our university because we know that as a doctoral, land-grant, research institution, we could and should have greater impact on the education of our students and upon the communities we serve,” said Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University “It’s important to understand that this growth is enhancing quality and academic performance, not undermining it. We are attracting the highest-performing high school graduates in the history of our university, both from North Carolina and beyond.

The university reports that new students have an average grade point average of 3.7 and an average SAT score of 1,079.

For the third consecutive year, graduate student enrollment increased, from 1,623 in 2020 to 1,726. This is the university’s largest graduate enrollment in history. That growth was driven by a 12 percent increase in new doctoral students.

“The outstanding academic programs and faculty of our university continue to make it a destination of choice for students, scholars, faculty, and researchers around the nation and beyond,” said provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs Beryl C. McEwen. “It’s exciting to see our aspirations for North Carolina A&T come to fruition, and to see that interest in the university shared by so many accomplished individuals.”


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  1. HBCU Watch says:

    Let’s be clear ladies and gentlemen. NCAT has literally ventured into nothing more than another so-called HBCU that has become hiring agency for people who are not native born Black American. For those who dissent, I challenge you to visit any of the departments and see who makeup the faculty. Further, you do not see scores of HWCUs (look it up) higher native born Black American academics at the same rate. That said, this is very problematic on numerous levels. For those confused so-called Black academics and other others will pontificating about the merits of diversity I challenge you to say that one way diversity is not acceptable. Wake up people.

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