GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Honors College at East Carolina University is planning to double its enrollment over the next four years as part of an expansion plan.
The college enrolled 100 students in fall 2016, but will enroll 200 students in fall 2017 and continue to enroll 200 students a year until it reaches an enrollment of 800 students. The college currently has an enrollment of 403.
Funds from tuition increases will provide merit scholarships for the additional students.
“We have intentionally designed the use of this new funding to increase the size and visibility of our Honors College,” said Chancellor Cecil Staton. “The Honors College has played a key role in bringing some excellent students to ECU. In turn, those students elevate the academic environment in every classroom, lab and studio that they occupy.”
Students first must be admitted to ECU and invited to apply to the Honors College based on academic achievement, high school GPA and standardized test scores
Each Honors College student receives a four-year scholarship and undergraduate research opportunities along with priority registration for classes and special programming.
While overall enrollment in the Honors College will increase, the university’s most prestigious undergraduate award program – EC Scholars – will remain the same at 20 students each year.