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North Carolina Central University

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The first public liberal arts university founded for African-Americans, North Carolina Central University has been blazing trails since the day it was established back in 1910. A university that offers a number of degree programs, including selected doctorate’s, master’s, professional’s, and baccalaureate’s, the university consistently ranks high on US News and World Reports studies, including those on public HBCUs and master’s level studies, too.


The university is split into three different colleges, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Technology, and the College of Liberal Arts. There are five different schools, including the School of Education, the School of Law, the School of Business, the School of Nursing, and the School of Library and Information Sciences.

For those who are looking to excel in the fields of biotechnology and biomedics, there are two acclaimed research institutes on campus: the Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute and the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise. The most popular fields of study on campus are biology, political science, business administration, and criminal justice, but undergraduates can choose from hundreds of different majors and programs of study.

For those pursuing a graduate degree, the university offers 36 different master’s degrees, including chemistry, counselor education, biology, history, earth sciences, library science, physics, sociology, and school administration. For those who are interested in taking a few classes here and there, there are evening and weekend classes as part of a degree program, as well as continuing education courses.

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While the university may have initially opened its doors to provide a place of higher education for African-American students, the university stresses that it does not prohibit students of any race from applying, and is striving for a more diverse student body. The school offers an early admission application, which provides prospective students with the opportunity to know ahead of time where they will be attending college, allowing more time for preparing financial aid, applying for scholarships, and receiving prime assignments in residence halls on campus. There is no priority given to those early applicants, but logistically one’s chances are better for first choice.

Applicants in the undergraduate programs who are first-time college freshmen need to fill out the school’s application form and provide their official high school transcript or GPA, as well as their SAT or ACT test scores. It is often advised to go ahead and provide financial aid information, too. College transfers should provide all of that information and additionally, any proof of coursework in a post-secondary institution, even if that work may not carry over for official credit.

International students should provide the same information for application, but make sure their official transcript and diplomas are translated into English. Foreign students must also provide proof of their English competence. All applications require a processing fee, and students are free to apply for either the fall or spring semester, with applications needing to be in at least six months ahead of time for consideration for the following semester.

Financial Aid

Most students here receive some sort of financial aid, be it in the form of grants or loans. There are a number of need and merit-based scholarships available through the school, and the Office of Financial Aid will be happy to make appointments with students to assist them in their scholarship search or FAFSA application.

In addition to scholarships, grants, and loans, the school also provides the opportunity for students who can prove financial need to work part-time on campus through the work-study program.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2713th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life here is a fantastic mix of class-related special activities, clubs and organizations, with plenty of time for students to relax and get in the swing of things with their own social circles. The school is famous for its marching band, has a number of different fraternities and sororities on campus, and also offers meeting spaces for students to gather and discuss topics, like the student center.

There are hundreds of clubs and organizations on campus. Some of the clubs include the Association of Students for Better Africa, the NCCU Undergraduate Honor Cadre, the Student Activities Board, and the Student Nursing Association.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Sports play a large part in the student culture at this university. The men and women’s teams are known as the Eagles, with the school colors of maroon and grey. A number of championship rings have been won by both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, with the men appearing in the NCAA Division II Tournament at least seven times in the school’s sports history. The men’s football and track and field teams have also made their way to numerous playoffs, as well as to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships.

Women’s volleyball is also a big deal, with the team appearing in the NCAA Division II Playoffs 2004 through 2006, and winning the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship four times in the past ten years. Women’s softball, basketball, and cross country teams have also been very successful.

No time on campus is quite as electric as when the Eagles are playing one of their rivals, the latest and greatest of which are the Duke Blue Devils. They also has athletic rivalries with North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.


In addition to the myriad of opportunities available to current students, the school boasts an impressive array of alumni, including professional basketball players, congressmen, CEOs, professional football players, the first African-American mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina, and the editor-at-large of fashion magazine Vogue.

Information Summary

Ranks 23rd in North Carolina and 821st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in North Carolina and 522nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 5 0.06
Robbery 5 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 32 0.38
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.05
Arrest 16 0.19

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 917 0.40
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 27 0.01
Forcible Rape 64 0.03
Robbery 699 0.30
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,874 1.68
Larceny 6,768 2.93
Vehicle theft 628 0.27

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Durham, NC 27707
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population42,671 (42,671 urban / N/A rural)
Households17,278 (2.35 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,695
Families10,069 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3701

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1369th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,455 $3,455 $14,028
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,071 $2,071 $2,071
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $432 $432 $1,754
FT Graduate Tuition $4,335 $4,335 $15,984
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,994 $1,994 $1,994
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $542 $542 $1,998
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $18,547 $18,547 $29,120
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,947 $18,947 $29,520
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,659 $9,659 $20,232

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $8,315 $22,243
Law Degree — Required Fees $2,017 $2,017

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,801 $5,200 $4,801 $5,200 $15,374 $15,773
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,342 $8,986
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,310(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,342 $8,986
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,710(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,710(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,886 (3,079 male / 5,807 female)
Admitted 4,472 (1,428 male / 3,044 female)
Admission rate 50%
First-time Enrollment 1,407 (490 male / 917 female)
FT Enrollment 1,387 (482 male / 905 female)
PT Enrollment 20 (8 male / 12 female)
Total Enrollment8,093

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

1328th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 9%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 19
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1288th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 460
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 470
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 790 / 930

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,850
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,663
Board Fee$3,258

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 21 1,102 27 24 7 209 52 1,459
Accounting 9 1 2 1 13
Apparel and Textiles, General
Art/Art Studies, General 6 1 8
Athletic Training/Trainer 11 11
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 44 2 2 4 3 59
Biomedical Sciences, General 18 5 3 1 28
Business Administration and Management, General 3 113 1 2 1 9 10 139
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 6 1 1 8
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 2 1 3
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 7 18 3 29
Computer Science 1 2 2 5
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 14 4 18
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 9 1 10
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 104 2 1 4 3 115
Curriculum and Instruction 4 1 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 4
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness 1 4 5
Educational/Instructional Technology 2 2
Elementary Education and Teaching 14 5 19
English Language and Literature, General 25 1 3 2 32
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Science 6 1 7
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 124 2 1 4 3 137
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Geography 3 3
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2 4
Health Teacher Education
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 33 1 3 1 39
History Teacher Education
History, General 19 2 23
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 16 1 1 18
Information Science/Studies 31 5 1 38
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 6 1 3 11
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 9 3 1 13
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 5 2 7
Library and Information Science 1 26 3 2 61 5 99
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 40 1 1 3 47
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General 2 1 1 4
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 10 1 7 18
Music, General 8 8
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 34 1 2 1 38
Physics, General 5 4 9
Political Science and Government, General 1 28 2 1 32
Psychology, General 65 1 1 9 4 81
Public Administration 57 1 5 3 67
Public Health Education and Promotion 31 2 33
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 49 2 5 22 2 82
Religious/Sacred Music
Secondary School Administration/Principalship 16 5 1 22
Social Work 48 1 1 4 1 55
Sociology 1 29 3 1 4 1 39
Spanish Language and Literature 4 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 4 1 1 2 8
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1026th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,530 ($78,028 male / $65,331 female)
Number of FT Faculty 413 (208 male / 205 female)
Number of PT Faculty 573
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $12,560,277

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