Enrollment Growth at UMO Promotes Expansion

Enrollment Growth at UMO Promotes Expansion



MOUNT OLIVE – Ground has been broken and construction will begin on two new residence halls at the University of Mount Olive to keep up with demand in its growing traditional student enrollment.  The facilities are being built adjacent to the existing Whitfield-Herring Apartment Complex, and behind the Nancy Chapman Cassell softball field.


Each three-story residence hall is designed to accommodate 36 upper class students in six-person suites.  Each suite will have six private bedrooms, a common area that includes a kitchen and a living room, a bathroom with multiple private showers, and a deck.


The residence halls were designed by Dunn & Dalton Architects of Kinston and are being constructed by Daniels and Daniels of Goldsboro.  The estimated cost of construction is $2.4 million.


With nearly 60% of the traditional student body living on campus, the new residence halls are a much needed addition.


Vice President for Student Affairs Dan Sullivan said, “Construction of the two new residence halls has been prompted by the continual enrollment growth of the campus and the increased demand for on-campus housing.   Last August, we were almost unable to accommodate all of the requests for housing, and early indications from our Admissions Office are showing another increase in enrollment for the fall of 2015.  We know that having our students living on campus contributes to success in and out of the classroom.”


Construction is also being planned for a pathway that will facilitate travel between the residence halls area and the Byrd Apartment Complex located at 207 Wooten Street.  Construction on the both projects is expected to be completed by the time students return in the fall.


University of Mount Olive President Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter said, “Over the past decade we have introduced new majors, increased our athletics offerings, made a strong commitment to the arts, increased our financial aid, and invested in our facilities.  All of these factors, and other initiatives, have led to an increase in traditional student enrollment and retention and the demand for more student housing. It’s an exciting time to be at the University of Mount Olive.”


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.

Rendering of what the new University of Mount Olive residence halls will look like once completed.