The size of the student body at Western Carolina University is at an all-time high, with the university posting a record total enrollment this fall that is getting a boost via a corresponding record in freshman enrollment.
As Chancellor of Western Carolina University, I am pleased that the North Carolina General Assembly has approved a state budget for the coming fiscal year that contains some significant provisions in support of public higher education in this state, including pay raises for our hard-working faculty and staff.
Thanks to a noticeable increase in the percentage of returning students, a 5.5 percent surge in the size of the freshman class, and a nearly 9 percent rise in the number of graduate students, enrollment for the 2004 fall semester at Western Carolina University should be higher than previously projected.
With 1,600 new first-year students expected to hit campus in August, Western Carolina University is looking at another record-shattering fall semester, part of an enrollment surge that includes a nearly 31 percent rise in the size of the freshman class since 2002.
New buildings are going up all around the campus at Western Carolina University, and with enrollment at an all-time high and a record number of freshman applications for three consecutive years, the mortar and masonry need to dry fast.