The University of North Carolina System board of governors has increased the number of students from outside of North Carolina who can enroll at three of the state’s historically Black public universities.
State universities in North Carolina are restricted in the number of students they can enroll who live outside the state. The general limit is to cap out-of-state enrollment at 18 percent. A year ago, the five historically Black state universities in North Carolina were permitted to raise that threshold to 25 percent. This was done so the HBCUs could increase overall enrollments and therefore revenue.
Now the board has further raised the threshold for out-of-state enrollments at three of the five public HBCUs. North Carolina A&T State University, the nation’s largest HBCU, can now admit 35 percent of its student body from out of state. In past years, the university has had to turn away large numbers of students from outside of North Carolina with strong academic records due to the restrictions. North Carolina Central University in Durham will also be able to admit 35 percent of its students from outside the state.
Elizabeth City State University in the northeast corner of the state near the Virginia border, will now be able to admit half of it student body from outside of North Carolina. The other two state-operated HBCUs in North Carolina – Fayetteville State University and Winston-Salem State University – will continue to operate with a 25 percent threshold for out-of-state students.