NC Central sees huge crop of new students

North Carolina Central University

August 12, 2010 5:46:37 AM PDT
Emotions are running high for the new freshman class moving onto campus at NC Central University.

"I'm a little nervous, a little scared about leaving my family," said Rashaun Baker of High Point.

"I'm happy excited ready for school," Ta'Brechr Hill of Roanoke Rapids explained.

And NC Central says it's ready to handle yet another massive crop of students. It's expecting 1,400 new freshman, which matches the record set last year.

Baker says NCCU was a popular choice for his High Point high school.

"It's like 11 people from my school comin here, so I'm going to know some people and have some friends so I'll be alright," he said.

NCCU expects the trend of large freshman classes to continue, which is why it's building more on campus housing.

"We want to become more residential," explained NCCU Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kevin Rome. "Students do better when they live on campus so we want to be able to accommodate the numbers."

But there were some growing pains to accommodate the record number of freshmen. Last year, the school had about 300 students living in a nearby hotel. This year they've made some changes.

"We don't have additional housing but we've changed some of [the] … ways we operate," said Rome. "We're accommodating more freshmen here, and so we have more upper classmen students living off campus."

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