WILMINGTON -- The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is teeming with students.
"We had a great increase in our enrollment this year. We are well over 14,000 which is a new milestone for UNCW. It's exciting because it says that UNCW is attracting high quality students," said Terrence Curran, the associate provost for enrollment.
Roughly 12,000 undergraduate students and 1,200 graduate students step foot on campus each day, and the remaining 800 students participate in long-distance learning.
"It's kind of a good surprise. It means that we have been very, very fortunate, that we've done a good job recruiting the campus and we've been very attractive. It was a little bit larger than we anticipated, but that's a good thing," said Curran.
The increase in population has lessened the university's financial burdens. State funds were cut to the tune of almost $4 million. But some of those funds have now been recouped.
"Enrollment growth was about $3.6 million this year so we are very pleased with that. It has helped to off-set that reduction," said Charles Maimone, the vice chancellor for business affairs.
"We are really fortunate to be attractive to high ability students, and that is something that is very important to us in terms of being sure their personal experience is something we keep at the center of everything we do everyday," said Curran.
UNCW received more good news on Friday; they received one of the largest gifts in their history. The Dobo Endowment Fund received another $2.5 million from the Dobo family.
The fund is now valued at more than $5 million and will generate $250,000 a year for university needs.