Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 8:37 am
By John Newsom firstname.lastname@example.org
GREENSBORO — Good news for N.C. A&T: It admitted more than enough North Carolina residents this fall.
A year after the UNC system penalized A&T for enrolling too many out-of-state students, the university is back in compliance.
UNC system policy says that no more than 18 percent of the incoming freshman class at each UNC school can be from outside North Carolina.
Last year, 31.4 percent of A&T’s freshmen lived out of state. The UNC Board of Governors fined the university $250,000 and made it spend $1.35 million in excess tuition money on, among other things, financial aid for in-state students.
A&T said two things caused it to exceed the cap: The university raised admission standards, which reduced the pool of in-state applicants; and it increased recruiting efforts, which led to it admitting twice the usual number of out-of-state students.
A&T’s out-of-state number this year: 14.7 percent.
The Class of 2017 has 1,784 students — 1,443 from North Carolina and 341 from elsewhere. However, the UNC system lets A&T exempt out-of-state engineering majors from the cap figure. A&T enrolled 92 out-of-state engineering majors this fall.
A&T exceeded the cap in 2000 and 2001 but was not penalized. Since 2004, the UNC system has fined East Carolina University, UNC-Asheville and UNC-Chapel Hill for going over the out-of-state cap.
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