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“The new student body headcount, up nearly 3% from 2022-23, is believed to maintain North Carolina A&T’s status as the nation’s largest historically Black college or university (HBCU) for the 10th consecutive year,” the school said in an article on its website. “Enrollment totals for the past three years have also made it the largest HBCU ever and have contributed significantly to North Carolina’s position as having the highest HBCU enrollment of any state in America.”
The increase of its student body population is aided by its faculty and graduate students who have shaped the undergraduate experience. Additionally, per the article, support services and financial assistances have helped to empower students and increase the school’s retention by 5.3%.
The growth of NC A&T, based in Greensboro, is expected to strengthen its influence as a doctoral, research, and land-grant university, according to university leaders.
“The ongoing expansion of our university is providing outstanding educational opportunities for high-achieving students who increasingly seek admission to the university,” Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. said in the article. “Forty-thousand students sought admission to A&T this year, continuing a growth in applications that is among the strongest of any traditional university in America.”
He added, “We will continue to plan for and invest in critical systems, such as university housing, classroom spaces and campus safety, to accommodate growth in enrollment, academic programs, research and personnel.”
Beyond its direct efforts on campus, NC A&T is also benefiting the state. A 36-page study published by the university claims that its impact on North Carolina exceeds $2.4 billion.
Martin penned an article on EdNC.org with further details on the results.
“With a documented economic footprint across our state now of more than $2.4 billion and thousands of our graduates contributing to the North Carolina job market each year, our university is fulfilling its land-grant mission in profound, diverse ways,” Martin shared. “The outcomes measured in this significant new study provide compelling evidence that investments in North Carolina A&T provide outstanding returns for the people of this state.”