N.C. Central University welcomed the newest Eagles during Eagle Move-In Day on Thursday.
Approximately 1,137 freshmen comprise the class of 2019, with an additional 413 transfer students registered for fall classes. The incoming class includes 271 first-generation college students.
“We are so excited to welcome our newest Eagles to NCCU,” said Chancellor Debra Saunders-White. “Today begins a new chapter of limitless possibilities for students to achieve Eagle Excellence.”
This year’s class has an average GPA of 3.2 and average SAT score of 878. Included in the class profile are 639 students who graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school class.
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The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences has the largest representation among incoming students, with nursing, criminal justice and psychology listed as some of the top anticipated majors.
Diversity within the student body continues to grow, with 254 incoming students identifying their race or ethnicity as other than African-American.
Among incoming freshmen are 21 individuals identified as Chancellor’s Scholars. The group is composed of incoming first-year students who were designated National Achievement, Hispanic or Merit Semifinalists by the National Merit Corporation, earning a 1650 or better on the SAT, or who have a 3.50 or higher high school GPA and scores of 1900 and higher on the SAT or 29 and higher on the ACT.
The Soaring Eagles cohort within the Chancellor’s Scholars will receive a full scholarship, plus additional stipends. The 2015-16 awardees are Kaylee Sciacca of Durham, Andrew King of Greensboro, Paul McAllister of Pittsboro and Elleasa Taylor Charlotte.
In addition to full tuition, fees and room and board, Chancellor’s Scholars receive a $400 per semester book stipend and a $500 living stipend, as well as a new laptop.
Sciacca was in the top 10 percent of her high school graduating class and was named a College Board AP Scholar with Distinction. She served as one of Durham’s three national youth correspondents to the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. She said a degree from NCCU in mass communications would give her a competitive advantage to help her succeed in her chosen field.
King is an avid baseball player who plans to become a research chemist. In addition to graduating in the top 10 percent of his class, King won a National Christian Forensics and Communications Association debate tournament.
McAllister is an aspiring university professor who plans to double major in English and history. During his spare time, he volunteers with the March of Dimes and Habitat for Humanity of Chatham County.
Taylor is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and a College Board AP Scholar. She aspires to become a child psychologist or lawyer. Aside from academics, Taylor is involved in the marching band
“North Carolina Central University is excited to welcome a record-breaking class of more than 1,500 new Eagles to our campus for the 2015-2016 academic year,” said Monica Terrell Leach, associate vice chancellor for Enrollment Management. “Attending college is a major milestone and we recognize the investment this requires of students, parents and family members.”
After moving in, students participated in Eagle Mania, a series of events organized by the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to help students learn more about NCCU and Durham.