The enrollment at NCA&T has continued to increase since then. NCA&T had a total of 10,852 students in Fall 2015. But FAMU’s student numbers slid down to 9,920. That cost FAMU $9M+ from tuition and fee losses.
NCA&T had an increase of about $4M in tuition and fees due to its enrollment bump in 2015-2016.
NCA&T will take in even more tuition and fee money this year. It enrolled 11,150 students in Fall 2016. FAMU took another hit in enrollment, with the student numbers down to 9,612 students.
Former FAMU President Elmira Mangum defended the enrollment decline as being necessary in order to increase the quality of the students FAMU has.
“Quantity does have to be sacrificed in order to get quality,” she told the FAMU Board of Trustees at her last meeting.
But NCA&T Chancellor Harold Martin hasn’t placed quality aside as he has expanded enrollment. The freshman, first-time student classes that Martin enrolled in Fall 2014 and Fall 2015 both had an average high school GPA of 3.28. Martin brought in a freshman class with an average high school GPA of 3.48.