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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). 

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.