The rise of students attending historically Black colleges and universities continues, and one of the schools getting the most attention recently is North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University.
Earlier this year, the school raised a record of $181.4 million thanks to alumni, corporate and individual donations, and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
Now, North Carolina A&T continues to make history in the year 2021.
“The nation’s largest #HBCU just got a little larger with a record 13,300 students, who are the university’s most academically high-performing ever, with an avg. GPA of 3.7. #NCAT has grown 25% under Dr. Martin and avg. entering GPAs surged from 3.06 to 3.7,” the school said on Twitter.
It is the largest number of enrolling students in the university’s 130-year existence. What this means is the country’s largest HBCU is on its way to having its goal of 14,000 students enrolled for its Fall 2023 semester realized.
“We set ambitious and strategic goals for the expansion of our university because we know that as a doctoral, land-grant, research institution, we could and should have greater impact on the education of our students and upon the communities we serve,” said A&T chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. in a statement on the school’s website. “It’s important to understand that this growth is enhancing quality and academic performance, not undermining it. We are attracting the highest-performing high school graduates in the history of our university, both from North Carolina and beyond.”
One of the students enrolled at North Carolina A&T is former NBA player J. R. Smith. The two-time NBA champion is majoring in liberal studies and is on the golf team.