New freshman admissions at North Carolina Central University reveal a significant increase. Admits for July 31, 2009, numbered 3,527 whereas the same figure for last year was 2,188.
Michael Bailey, interim senior associate director of admissions attributes the increase to three factors: the economy, the impact of a new marketing campaign and a fired up admissions staff. “There’s a sense of esprit de corps with admissions counseling staff,” said Bailey.
To accommodate the influx, LuAnn Edmonds-Harris, team lead and associate director of admissions, has instructed her unit to make greater use of email and the telephone to contact prospective admits to congratulate them and inform them of their next steps. According to Bailey, this greater efficiency in communication is “speeding things up considerably” in the registration process.
Due to the rush of freshmen, NCCU has partnered with Durham’s Millennium Hotel to house 300 juniors, seniors, graduate, and law students. This arrangement will consume about half of the hotel’s capacity.
“We’ve established a physically separated wing for the students in the interests of their security,” says Patrick Tighe, director of sales and marketing for the hotel.
According to Dr. Jennifer Wilder, director of residential life, incoming freshmen and rising sophomores will remain at NCCU to assure that “they have a good foundation before moving off campus.” In her view, “Juniors and seniors are more mature and better equipped to live a more independent lifestyle like they will have at the hotel.”
Students will receive the same services that on campus students receive, such as Internet connections, lounge spaces and weekly bathroom cleaning. Residential Life will have a resident director and eight resident assistants assigned to the hotel. Shuttle service will be provided for residents to commute to campus from 7 a.m. to midnight and will run every 15-30 minutes with two shuttles running during peak times.
See the Millennium Hotel Q&A at: http://www.nccu.edu/knowledgebase/faq.cfm?id=254
For further information concerning housing, please contact Jennifer Wilder, director of Residential Life, at (919) 530-6227 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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