North Carolina Central University

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1801 Fayetteville Street

Durham, NC 27707

Phone: (919) 530-6100
2013-2014 Tuition
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rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#68 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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North Carolina Central University is a public institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,658, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. North Carolina Central University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 68. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,525 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $16,098 (2013-14).

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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1910, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) was the nation's first state-supported liberal arts college for African-Americans, and it is one of 17 institutions in the University of North Carolina system. Today, NCCU has a diverse student population of more than 8,400 and is a comprehensive university offering baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degree programs. Liberal arts remain a signature program at NCCU, joined by five additional areas of academic emphasis: Education, Nursing, Biosciences, Business and Law. Capitalizing on its location in the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle, the university is also home to two bioscience research institutes. In keeping with its motto of "Truth and Service," NCCU in 1995 became the first institution in the UNC System to require community service of all students as a condition of graduation. In athletics, NCCU competes in NCAA Division I as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1910
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $19,991,682


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 less selective, with an acceptance rate of 50.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 50.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at North Carolina Central University is 15:1, and the school has 40.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at North Carolina Central University include: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 71.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 15%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 12%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 12%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Psychology, General 9%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5%

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Student Life

North Carolina Central University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,658, with a gender distribution of 33.4 percent male students and 66.6 percent female students. At this school, 42 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 58 percent of students live off campus. North Carolina Central University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,604
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
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

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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

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Paying for School

At North Carolina Central University, 91.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,213.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,525 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $16,098 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,065 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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