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College of Education Begins 2020-2021 Academic Year with an Expected 612 New Undergraduate, Graduate Students

Wolf statue and the Park Alumni Center.

For the fourth straight year, the NC State College of Education opens an academic year with an anticipated increase in new student enrollment. The college began the 2020-2021 academic year Monday, Aug. 10, by welcoming an expected 612 new undergraduate and graduate students. That is an increase of about 2% in new student enrollment over last year.

The entering group includes an expected 463 graduate students, 115 first-year undergraduate students and 34 transfer undergraduate students. Including these incoming students, there are total of about 1,794 students pursuing graduate or undergraduate degrees in the college.

“We are delighted to welcome such a large number of incoming students to the College of Education, especially as our state faces enormous public health, economic, educational and social challenges,” said NC State College of Education Dean Mary Ann Danowitz. “To have the fourth straight year in which our new student enrollment has increased is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff in recruiting a talented group of students who embrace our land-grant mission, who are deeply committed to the field of education and who understand that our work as professional educators, counselors, scholars and leaders is as important as ever.”

About the New Graduate Students

The expected 463 new graduate students is up from 456 in fall 2019. The college’s total graduate enrollment is up to 1,234, which is an increase of 3.6% from last fall. The number of total enrolled doctoral students has grown from 302 to 330, or 10%.

Among master’s programs, the number of students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program — an accelerated teaching licensure program with a 100% online option through which students earn both a master’s degree and their initial teaching license — has increased by 15%, or from 174 to 202. Enrollment in the clinical mental health counseling master’s program has increased by 20% over last fall (57 to 68).

About the New First-year Undergraduate Students

Fall 2020 new enrollment numbers

The expected 149 new first-year and transfer students is up from 145 in fall 2019. The college’s total undergraduate enrollment this fall is 596, which is an increase of nearly 4% from fall 2019.

The expected 115 first-year undergraduate students come from 11 states and 36 counties in North Carolina, and they had an average weighted GPA of 4.21 and an average SAT score of 1237. The 34 transfer students come from nine community colleges in North Carolina and from eight four-year colleges across the nation.

The Class of 2024 also includes one Park Scholar (Addison Hughes, an elementary education major from Apex, North Carolina) and three Goodnight Scholars (Chandler Parrish, a mathematics education major from Louisburg, North Carolina; Ashton Jones, an elementary education major from Greenville, North Carolina; Heidy Labra-Franco, a mathematics education major from Warrenton, North Carolina).

The Park Scholarship Program is a four-year scholarship awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character. The Goodnight Scholars Program, established in 2008 by NC State alumni Jim and Ann Goodnight, provides North Carolina residents from low- and middle-income families interested in studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or STEM education with a scholarship valued at $19,500 that is renewable for up to four years for first-year students and up to two years for transfer students.

About the New Teaching Fellows

Among the new first-year undergraduate and transfer students, 36 are part of the third cohort of Teaching Fellows who have enrolled at NC State since legislators re-established the program in 2018. In all, 52 first-year, transfer, Master of Arts in Teaching and licensure-only students studying across the College of Education and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences make up the third cohort of Teaching Fellows at NC State — the largest new cohort in North Carolina.

With the prior Teaching Fellows cohorts that began in 2018 and 2019, NC State is now home to 116 total Teaching Fellows, or nearly half of all Teaching Fellows in North Carolina — the most of any university in the state.