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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT President, A Former Mississippi State University Official, Offers Visiting Status To Students Affected By Hurricane

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will offer “visiting student” status this fall semester to students attending colleges and universities in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.  Such status means that students will have the option of attending classes at NJIT and then transfer credits to their home institutions.

“We understand that it may be some time before the universities are back in full swing,” said Robert A. Altenkirch, PhD, president of NJIT and former vice president for research at Mississippi State University.  “A significant percentage of the affected student population is from the New York/New Jersey region.  We’d like to help.  I lived and worked in Mississippi for many years and my heart goes out to the people who are suffering as a result of the devastation this storm has delivered. The admissions office at NJIT is opening enrollment to students affected by the storm on a space-available basis."

Students wishing to enroll should contact NJIT Director of Admissions Kathryn Kelly, 973-596-3301, kelly@njit.edu.  For more information: http://www.njit.edu/admissions/pdf/katrinaresponse.pdf.

Earlier is better since the NJIT semester starts September 1, but NJIT will continue to accept student registrations through September 15, 2005.  Interested students should come to the NJIT campus in Newark, and register with the only documentation necessary being proof of enrollment at hurricane-affected colleges and universities (e.g., a student ID card). 

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.