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Some Local Colleges See Enrollment, Tuition Rise

Posted August 18, 2007

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— College and university campuses in the Triangle were buzzing with activity again Saturday as students at UNC, N.C. State and Meredith College moved into their dorms.

N.C. State is expecting about 4,750 freshmen - the largest in State's history. Mimi Wheeler was one of them, and she spent Saturday moving into her seventh floor dorm room on campus.

“I’m just from a small town, and I want to get away, and I want to meet all kinds of new people,” she said.

State’s freshman class includes 71 valedictorians and 67 salutatorians, according to school officials. The class also includes students from 99 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 39 states and 29 countries.

“More students apply here from North Carolina than any other school in the state,” said NCSU Provost Larry Nielsen.

Meredith College also welcomed its largest freshmen class. More than 460 freshmen flooded the campus, including Shanita Hobbs.

“Now we’re the class of 2011, and I’m ready for the college experience,” she said.

That experience is getting more expensive. A UNC system-wide tuition hike will kick in this fall. N.C. State saw the largest increase in the Triangle - nearly 7 percent. Tuition and fees for the students will be around $5,000.

That cost doesn’t include meals, books, room and board and all the stuff that goes into a dorm room. Parents WRAL spoke with said the total cost per semester is more like $10,000 to $15,000.

Nielsen said the hike is necessary to meet the needs of students.

“We are still one of the best bargains in the U.S. for a higher education degree,” he said.

For that reason, freshman Sara Rettick said she is sticking with N.C. State. What she wants to do with her life is a different picture.

“I’m an accounting major now, but I’m sure it’ll probably change,” she said, laughing.

Classes at N.C. State and Meredith start Wednesday. UNC students begin Tuesday. N.C. Central students go to classes Monday, and Duke students start the Aug. 27.


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  • Iquana Aug 20, 2007

    Foreign and out of state students pay the supposed actual cost to attend a State university. In state students pay a portion, the remainder is subsidized by the State. The number of OSS or foreign students or what they pay has no impact on what in-state students pay.
    As far as Nielson's comment in the article,"...it is still a great bargain..." is in the eye of the beholder. Just because other places charge more doesnt allow schools to charge out pacing inflation and claim it is a value.

  • 68_polara Aug 20, 2007

    "Nielsen said the hike is necessary to meet the needs of students."

    Bull...that is just plan bull!

    Colleges need to learn how to budget. There is no excuse for tuition increases continuing to far out pace inflation year after year. Evidently these fat cats don't care that the enormous cost of higher education ends up as debt for college graduates. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  • NCTeacher Aug 20, 2007

    It isn't as easy to qualify for financial aid as most people think. They go by your parents income- so if you are paying for college on your own- you don't necessarily qualify until you are 24 (the age when they stop looking at your parents income and base the decision solely on yours)

  • One flew over Randy_s nest Aug 20, 2007

    "NC State is an state university. Why do they allow students from 29 countries to attend?"

    Foreign students, both undergrad and grad students, pay a lot more in tuition fees than local students and the foreign student tuition income subsidizes the tuition cost for locals. Without the income from foreign students, schools would have to raise the tuition for locals.

  • JuanGrande v3.0 Aug 20, 2007

    NC State is an state university. Why do they allow students from 29 countries to attend? A state university should fill its coffers with locals first, then out-of-state kids (at full price), and then any spots left can be opened up to that kid from Belgium (at a premium price).

  • stanley104 Aug 19, 2007

    they do use lottery proceeds for scholarships

  • scorekeep Aug 19, 2007

    Use lottery proceeds to lower the tuiton cost for students.

  • daMoFo Aug 19, 2007

    grenlyn, when I went to college(82-86) I did not qualify for any financial aid except a $500 loan from College Foundations. I did get an academic scholarship that paid my tuition. I worked in a lumber yard to pay for books, fees and meals.

    I still am unclear on your daughter's AP situation. Do you mean that nobody told her the scores required by the schools she was considering attending? I always tell my students it is their job to find out from the colleges what AP scores they require.

  • grenlyn1 Aug 19, 2007

    I was stating if it works for you mlmt4 then that is great. I meant no harm in my statements. Sorry if you took it that way. I am only speaking from personal experience just as you are. I do know that it depends on the field of study you get into as well. Since I am in the field of education, this may make a difference. But it isn't easy for an artist nor a business major either. Who knows.

  • grenlyn1 Aug 19, 2007

    damofo..She did quite well on her scores and graduated 30th in her class. It still didn't make a difference. And yes I read your posting and saw the reference to Ga. So was I. As for the financial aid being cut, I know from personal experience that it is occuring. Mike Easley yes, he has cut education in this state multiple times through diversions etc. As for George Bush, he too has focused for the most part in diverting money away from programs to pay for the war..education is not excluded from that list. I wonder if you went out and sought financial aid, how would you fair? There is a remarkable difference in the past 6 years! So we can agree to disagree damofo.