N.C. A&T Career Fair Reaches Capacity; Employers Seek Various Positions and Disciplines

 Tonya Dixon
EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 4, 2019) – The Office of Career Services at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University will host the 45th Annual Career Awareness Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in Corbett Sports Center.



“Historically, the career fair at N.C. A&T has been a highly attended event by perspective employers and highly-qualified students,” said Cynthia Downing, executive director of Career Services and Experiential Learning. “Our students and alumni are prepared for 21st century, global professions and situations. From Amazon and Altria Client Services to Burt’s Bees and the National Security Agency, hiring managers know the level of excellence A&T students bring to the table and they are excited to recruit.”
 
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Consistently among one of the largest fairs held by universities within North Carolina, significant interest precipitated full capacity for the third consecutive year with over 190 unique employers and 650 representatives from across the nation attending and soliciting internship, co-op and full-time opportunities.

During the fair, employers and students will have the opportunity to network, discuss career options and explore industry trends. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend to bridge education and employment. Many employers will remain on campus for next day interviews.

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Prior to attending the career fair, participants are encouraged to review these tips and suggestions.

The fair is open to all currently enrolled A&T students and alumni. To view a list of participants, click here. Professional attire is required.

N.C. A&T Is Largest HBCU in the Nation for Sixth Consecutive Year
Tiffany Jones
EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2019) – With a fall enrollment of more than 12,500 students, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University continues its reign as the largest historically black university (HBCU) in the United States, a position it has held since fall 2014.

Following an official count from the University of North Carolina System, N.C. A&T begins the 2019-20 academic year with an enrollment of 12,556, an increase of 3.4 percent over 2018-19. That includes 11,039 undergraduate students – up 410 from the previous year – and 1,517 graduate students.

Much of the growth can be attributed to the 79.3 percent rate of retention (up from 77 percent last year) and the addition of more than 3,000 first-year undergraduate and new transfer students. Since 2014, enrollment has increased by 1,831 students or 17 percent.

“The continued, strategic growth of our Aggie family is a testament to the outstanding work of our faculty, staff and students,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “As a high-activity research university and a land grant institution, the high-quality educational experience that our university stands for in combination with the extraordinary opportunities our students find in the workplace upon graduation add up to a brand promise that is tremendously attractive to prospective students and families .”

This intentional, steady growth in the university’s enrollment is a direct result of the university’s strategic plan, A&T Preeminence: Taking the Momentum to 2023. This plan projects a student body of 14,000 students by its conclusion and includes key performance indicators around student success, affordability, diversity and more.

A major part of ensuring student success at the university has been attracting talented, high-achieving students. This year’s entering freshman class is no different. Of this cohort, 19 students were valedictorians, 17 percent entered with a high school GPA of 4.0-4.5, while more than 30 percent entered with college credits. Nearly 22 percent of first-year students entered as sophomores and another 9.6 entered as juniors.

While many HBCUs have experienced growth over the past several years, A&T’s national recognition for excellence in STEM education plus a focused effort on growing enrollment in specific areas has helped the university expand at a faster rate. The university drew nearly 25,000 applications for admission this school year – a record for A&T and a 6,000-application increase over last year.

A Gallup survey of UNC System alumni released earlier this year found that A&T alumni have a stronger affinity for theiralma mater than those of any other campus in the system. Ninety-six percent indicated they would complete their degree at A&T again, if given the chance.


About North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the nation’s largest historically black university, ranked number one among public HBCUs by U.S. News & World Report. It is a land-grant, doctoral high-research classified university by the Carnegie Foundation and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. A&T is known for its leadership in producing graduates in engineering, agriculture and other STEM fields. The university was founded in 1891 and is located in Greensboro, North Carolina.
 
N.C. A&T Remains No. 1 Public HBCU, Ranked Among National Universities in U.S. News

Tiffany Jones

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Sept. 9, 2019) – North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University moved up in the newly released U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2020” rankings, earning recognition as the nation’s No. 1 public historically black college or university (HBCUs) and breaking into the numeral rankings among national universities for the first time.

In the issue’s ranking of HBCUs, N.C. A&T rose to No. 6, up one place from last year’s listing, and No. 1 among publics.The university’s peer score within that ranking was second among all HBCUs, with only Spelman College scoring higher. As recently as 2016-17, A&T ranked 10th overall on the highly competitive list and No. 2 among publics.

Among national universities, U.S. News provided a numerical ranking for only the top 292 campuses. A&T moved into the ranked category in an 11-way tie for No. 281 among such campuses as Florida Atlantic University, North Dakota State University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Growth in A&T’s peer score, retention and graduation rates, entering SAT and ACT scores and alumni giving, helped the university’s ascent.

“As a land grant, a high-activity research university and as an HBCU, we work every day to set aggressive goals and to constantly strive to reach them in service to our students, our alumni and the state of North Carolina,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “Our continued improvement in the U.S. News rankings provides a strong annual reminder that we are moving in a very positive direction, that we are focused on the right things and that our colleagues recognize the ever-rising quality of this institution. We’re very pleased with this year’s results.”

This is the latest in what is already a record year for A&T. Following an official count from the University of North Carolina System, more than 12,500 students now call Aggieland home – A&T’s largest enrollment to date. The university remains the largest HBCU in the nation. Since 2014, when the university first earned this distinction, enrollment has grown by 17 percent.

While many HBCUs have experienced growth over the past several years, A&T’s national recognition for excellence in STEM education plus a focused effort on growing enrollment in specific areas has helped the university expand at a faster rate. The university drew nearly 25,000 applications for admission this school year – a record for A&T and a 6,000-application increase over last year.