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North Carolina Central University is a public institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,416, its setting is city, and the campus size is 135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. North Carolina Central University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 88. Its in-state tuition and fees are $4,801 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,374 (2011-12).
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) was founded as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race. Today, the historically black university in Durham has a student body of about 80 percent African-American students. The NCCU Eagles sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). While freshmen aren’t required to live on campus, more than 85 percent choose to—putting them just a few miles away from downtown Durham, as well as Duke University.
As part of the University of North Carolina System, NCCU is a state school that is committed to research, operating a variety of centers and institutes including the Juvenile Justice Institute and the Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change. Graduate students can check out programs at the North Carolina Central School of Law, business school, and School of Library and Information Sciences, among other academic departments. Notable alumni of North Carolina Central University include former Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley and former track star and Olympic gold medalist Larry Black.
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Founded in 1910, North Carolina Central University was the nation's first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans. Today, this dynamic campus in the heart of North Carolina's famed Research Triangle has a diverse student body of more than 8,000 enrolled in academic programs including law, biotechnology, library science, business, nursing, education and the arts. NCCU is one of 17 constituent institutions in the University of North Carolina System. It offers bachelor's degrees in more than 100 disciplines, master's degrees in more than 40 areas and, starting in 2012, a Ph.D. program in integrated biosciences. The university prepares students academically and professionally to become leaders in a diverse, global society. NCCU is also an emerging leader in the study of health disparities. Researchers at the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute focus on expanding fundamental knowledge of diseases that disproportionately affect minority groups, particularly cancer, metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease. At the new Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), the focus is on drug discovery and on training students to help North Carolina meet its workforce needs in biotechnology. NCCU is noted for community service; it was the first institution in the UNC System to make community service a requirement for graduation, and it has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a "community-engaged university." The NCCU School of Law ranks among the top law schools in the country in providing clinical opportunities for its students. In 2011, NCCU moved into NCAA Division I competition as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to North Carolina Central University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at North Carolina Central University is $40. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.8 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||51.8%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||August 1|
The student-faculty ratio at North Carolina Central University is 15:1, and the school has 38.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at North Carolina Central University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Psychology, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.5 percent.
North Carolina Central University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,416, with a gender distribution of 32.5 percent male students and 67.5 percent female students. At this school, 42.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58.0 percent of students live off campus. North Carolina Central University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
North Carolina Central University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. North Carolina Central University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at North Carolina Central University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At North Carolina Central University, 90.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,909.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$4,801 (2011-12)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$15,374 (2011-12)|
|Room and board||$7,265 (2011-12)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data