East Carolina University officials anticipate about 5,600 new students to move in for the new school year.
This school year is the first where incoming freshmen are required to live on campus. Hundreds will be a part of ECU's three new living-learning communities: the Bio Living-Learning Community, Future Pirate Nurse Living and Learning Village, and the College of Business Living-Learning Community.
Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Living and Dining William McCartney said students hoping to be a part of the pre-nursing learning community will apply after their prerequisite courses are complete and generally will find out if they are accepted during the second semester of their sophomore year.
"The pre-nursing program is unique compared to our other living-learning communities in that the pre-nursing students are hoping to become nursing students, and they have a curriculum they have to take in advance of being accepted to the college," McCartney said.
The students will be mentored by nursing students. They will be advised by faculty within the Nursing School.
Only 27 students were chosen for the program out of the 1,100 intended nursing major students. Nursing administrators said there is no guarantee students involved in the learning community will be accepted into the nursing school.