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North Carolina Central University
Durham, NC 27707


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North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is a comprehensive public university, a constituent institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina System. NCCU was founded in 1910 by Dr. James Edward Shepard, a pharmacist and political leader. In 1925, the institution became America's first state-supported liberal arts college for African Americans. Today, NCCU enrolls 7,727 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Predominantly black (14 percent of the students are Caucasian), NCCU enrolls slightly more than 2 women to every 1 man. The average age of full-time undergraduate students is 23 years. Only 17 percent of freshmen are from outside the state of North Carolina, the percentage that prevails at almost every one of the sixteen state institutions. Approximately 50 of these students are from outside the United States. About 46 percent of the students are from Durham, Wake, and Mecklenburg Counties, and most of these are commuting students. On-campus housing is available for approximately 2,300 students.

NCCU's motto is “Truth and Service,” and over the years, the University's alumni have taken leadership roles in political life and the law. The governor holds a degree from NCCU, as does the former chair of the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina and the U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Republic. NCCU graduates have served as district attorneys in the federal and state courts and as judges of state appellate courts, including a state supreme court. Other NCCU graduates are outstanding teachers at all levels of academic life, lawyers of national reputation, corporate vice presidents and executives, and school and university administrators.

Graduate and professional degrees are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Education, Library and Information Sciences, and Law. The School of Business and the School of Library and Information Sciences offer joint-degree programs both with each other and with the School of Law (Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctor/Master of Library Science). Several teacher licensure programs are offered through the School of Education.

Location and Community
Durham is at the center of North Carolina's Research Triangle, which incorporates three major research universities in addition to NCCU, as well as three senior liberal arts colleges, two private junior colleges, and two state-funded technical community colleges. Several major corporations, particularly electronics and pharmaceutical operations, have large facilities in the Research Triangle area, whose total population is approximately 500,000. Durham itself is called the City of Medicine, with a quarter of the population employed in the field of health care.

Academic Life
NCCU's undergraduate program is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity and the habit of disciplined learning, to give students a strong background in both general Western culture and African-American culture, and to equip students with marketable intellectual and professional skills. Credit hours required to earn a degree may range between 124 and 128, depending on the student's choice of major or concentration and desire to earn teaching certification.

NCCU offers a variety of Web-enhanced distance education courses in the areas of business administration, criminal justice, education, hospitality and tourism, human sciences, and social work. Internet courses are offered through the Schools of Library and Information Sciences, Nursing, and Recreation. Several new Internet courses and programs are being developed to meet student demand.

NCCU's teaching faculty members number approximately 565, of whom about 280 are full-time teachers. (Specific numbers vary from semester to semester.) Of the full-time faculty members, 65 percent hold a doctorate. An additional 6 percent hold degrees considered to be the terminal degree in their discipline or specialty. Departments and schools offering undergraduate programs assign all of their faculty members to teach undergraduate courses.

Special honors seminars are open to qualified freshmen and sophomores. ROTC is available by cooperative arrangement with neighboring institutions.

Majors Offered:
NCCU offers the following degrees and their respective majors: the Bachelor of Arts in art (general), art education, dramatic arts, dramatic arts (secondary education), early childhood education, economics, elementary education, English, English (concentrations in media journalism and secondary education), fine arts, French, French (secondary education), history, history (secondary education), middle grades education, music, music education, political science, political science (concentrations in criminal justice and public administration), psychology, social sciences, sociology, Spanish, Spanish (secondary education), theater arts, theater arts education (K–12), and visual communications; the Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, finance, management, and marketing; the Bachelor of Music in jazz; the Bachelor of Science in biology, biology (secondary education), chemistry, chemistry (secondary education), community health education, computer science, family and consumer sciences, family and consumer science education (birth through kindergarten), geography, health education, mathematics, mathematics (secondary education), physical education, physics, physics (secondary education), and recreation administration; and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

NCCU has a cooperative arrangement with Georgia Institute of Technology and Duke University that enables a student, over a period of approximately five years, to earn a bachelor's degree in physics from NCCU and a bachelor's degree in engineering from Georgia Tech or Duke University.

There are organized preprofessional programs in dentistry, law, and medicine. The English department offers a substantial curriculum in media journalism as an alternative route to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English. A concentration in public administration leads to the bachelor's degree in political science.

Facilities and Resources
NCCU's James E. Shepard Memorial Library has a collection of some 6 million volumes, not including serials; microforms; manuscripts; or graphics, audio, film, or video materials. A Learning Resources Center provides technical assistance and support for academic programs, including the production of audiovisual materials. The University's academic facilities include a variety of laboratories and 147 classrooms.

Campus Life
NCCU has strong student ensembles in choral music, band music, and jazz, and NCCU's dramatic arts department is among America's strongest in terms of student productions. The University has chapters of social fraternities and sororities, as well as service associations and honor societies, all of which make a substantial contribution to campus life.

Sports / Varsity Athletics
NCCU is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and fields teams in football; men's and women's basketball, cross-country, tennis, and track; and women's softball and volleyball.

There is a residence hall security deposit of $100. Costs are subject to change by the state legislature.

Financial Aid / Scholarships
NCCU's financial aid program has the primary purpose of helping families find resources to cover the cost of tuition, fees, housing, meals, and books. The burden of financing a college education has been eased due to the availability of grants, scholarships, work assistance, and loans. While most families initially seek funds that are free, such as grants and scholarships, low-interest student and parent loans are also available to help cover the cost of education. Some students are also afforded the opportunity to work and earn funds for personal expenses. Regardless of income, there are funds available at NCCU to assist students with college expenses. The most widely distributed federal and state grants and loans are Pell, FSEOG, NCCU, Eagle, Federal Work-Study, Perkins, Direct Stafford, and Federal PLUS. Generally, the financial aid process begins when the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is filed. Students should file the FAFSA as early as possible after January 1. Awards to new students are typically made after April 1 for the ensuing fall semester.

Admission Requirements / Application
North Carolina Central University practices rolling admissions. Applications are accepted up to twelve months before the beginning of the semester in which a prospective student wishes to enroll. Applicants for entry as freshmen must provide evidence (a complete transcript) of graduation from an approved or accredited high school and a satisfactory score on the SAT or ACT. Students who graduated from high school after spring 1990 must present in their high school transcripts 4 course units in English, emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature; 3 course units in mathematics, including algebra I, algebra II, and geometry or a higher-level mathematics course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; 3 course units in science, including at least 1 unit in a life science, at least 1 unit in a physical science, and at least one laboratory course in science; and 2 course units in social studies, including 1 unit in U.S. history. Two units of the same foreign language are required, and students are encouraged to take a math class and a foreign language class during the senior year. NCCU and other North Carolina state universities are required to limit out-of-state freshman enrollment. In practice, out-of-state students admitted have higher SAT scores and higher class standing.

For a transfer student at the undergraduate level seeking admission to the University, several standards are considered. The transfer applicant must not presently be on probation at the last or current school of attendance and must submit the required confidential statement form. The transfer applicant must not have been suspended or dropped from the last or current institution attended. The transfer applicant must have a cumulative average of at least a C at the institution from which they are transferring. Evidence of the applicant's participation in scholastic, community, and civic organizations, including leadership participation, is also considered. Transfer students who have attended another college or university but have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of specific acceptable credit must meet all freshmen requirements. Students should submit applications for the fall semester by July 1 (March 1 for out-of-state students and for students seeking on-campus housing or financial aid) and for the semester beginning in January by November 1. Early application with partial transcripts is encouraged, but final admission is deferred until all required documents are received and reviewed. International applicants must submit applications and other required materials at least ninety days before registration for each semester.

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