More than 1300 freshman have helped swell the ranks of more 6,400 students at Winston-Salem State University for the 2008-09 academic year.
WSSU’s total fall 2008 enrollment rose to 6,442, nearly a 10 percent increase over Fall 2007, when 5,870 were enrolled. Overall WSSU’s total enrollment has more than doubled since Fall 2000’s figure of 2,857. In addition, growth occurred while academic standards were increased.
The new freshmen enrollment record of 1357 surpassed the previous record of 1083 set in 2005.
“We are pleased to experience this level of growth,” said Chancellor Donald J. Reaves. “This falls within our commitment to serve the region by offering quality academic programs in majors where there is job demand. We want to position our graduates to land significant jobs that will contribute to the economic resurgence of the region.”
WSSU attributes its boost to aggressive marketing, recruiting, and new academic programs. “Very aggressive national integrated marketing and targeted recruitment campaigns have enhanced our recruitment efforts,” said Tomikia Legrande, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. “Consecutive rankings among the Top Public Southern Comprehensive Colleges – Bachelor’s Category by U.S. News and World Report magazine has also helped validate the quality of the university and our academic programs to potential students and parents.”
With the combination of enrolling the largest freshman class in WSSU’s history and an increase in requests for on-campus housing, the university made the commitment to provide on-campus housing to all freshmen requesting the accommodation. But in accommodating these students, it meant that upperclassmen that had previously received on-campus housing were displaced.
Arrangements for 260 upperclassmen were made to be housed in area hotels, who were displaced by the need for space on campus. These students were notified as quickly as possible of the change in their housing status. Some of these upperclassmen have already been relocated back to campus as space was identified. That process will continue.
Transportation to and from the hotels, security at the hotels, and moving costs, have all been provided by the university at no additional cost to these students. In addition, the hours of operation for the university’s bookstore, library, dining facilities and other services were extended to meet student needs.