In an era where many historically Black colleges and universities have struggled to maintain enrollment levels, there is some good news to report.
Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, reports a major increase in first-year students this fall. Just over 600 new students are on campus this fall compared to 402 a year ago. The university processed 9,000 applications during the latest admissions cycle. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president of Shaw University reports that the large increase in applicants is due in part to the university’s investment in technology to streamline the admissions process. Student could apply online and use the online portal to submit transcripts and other documents.
At Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, there are 500 first-year students on campus. This is the largest entering class in university history. Henry N. Tisdale, president of Claflin University stated that “the Class of 2020 is not only the largest class in school history, it is the most talented as well. We have students from 44 of the 46 counties in South Carolina.”