University of Mount Olive Set to Welcome Incoming Traditional Student Body

University of Mount Olive Set to Welcome Incoming Traditional Student Body

MOUNT OLIVE-  The University of Mount Olive will welcome 277 new freshmen and 84 new transfer and readmitted students during Welcome Week which starts with Freshmen Move-in Day on Saturday, August 22.  Of the freshmen class 53 percent are female and 47 percent are male.  First generation college attendees account for 38 percent of the class of 2019. These students hail from 18 states with 14 percent of the freshmen class coming from outside of North Carolina. There are 39 new international students representing 19 countries, including the first-ever Chinese student to be enrolled.

Director of Admissions Tim Woodard said, “UMO is a great, vibrant place to be a student and build your career. We’re excited to serve more students this year than ever before, including our largest and most diverse freshman class ever.”


Academically speaking, the top academic interests of the incoming class are as follows:   92 teacher education majors, including 31 agriculture education majors; 23 agribusiness and agriculture productions majors; 34 biology; 34 psychology;  34 business management; 26 criminal justice; and 27 recreation and leisure studies. Other popular majors include accounting and other business related programs, art and graphic design, history and religion, and chemistry. There are also many of the new freshmen who plan to explore their options, and have not yet declared a major.

The overall daytime enrollment for fall 2015 represents a slight increase from 2014.  Of the nearly 1,000 students enrolled, about 600 will be resident students, with 72 of those residing in the new Station Street Commons apartments.


According to Vice President for Enrollment Dr. Barbara Kornegay, “These enrollment numbers not only speak to our academic reputation but also show that our university is seen as a welcoming place for students. It is concrete proof that the strength of UMO lies in our unique combination of academic rigor, diversity, and affordability.”


An opening Convocation will take place on Saturday, August 22, at 7:30 PM.  It will begin with a brief address by University President Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter and conclude with a candlelight ceremony and singing of the Alma Mater.


Returning students will arrive on Monday, August 24, and classes begin on Tuesday, August 25.

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