University of North Carolina--Pembroke

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 1510

Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: (910) 521-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jul. 31
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#80 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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University of North Carolina--Pembroke is a public institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,504, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of North Carolina--Pembroke's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 80. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,144 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,351 (2013-14).

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


Founded in 1887 as a school for the education of American Indians, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke now serves a distinctly diverse student body and encourages inclusion and appreciation for the values of all people. UNC Pembroke exists to promote excellence in teaching and learning, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, in an environment of free inquiry, interdisciplinary collaboration, and rigorous intellectual standards.

Our diversity and our commitment to personalized teaching uniquely prepare our students for rewarding careers, postgraduate education, leadership roles, and fulfilling lives. We cultivate an international perspective, rooted in our service to and appreciation of our multi-ethnic regional society, which prepares citizens for engagement in global society. Students are encouraged to participate in activities that develop their intellectual curiosity and mold them into responsible stewards of the world.

UNCP faculty and staff are dedicated to active student learning, engaged scholarship, high academic standards, creative activity, and public service. We celebrate our heritage as we enhance the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social life of the region.


The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will challenge students to embrace difference and adapt to change, think critically, communicate effectively, and become responsible citizens. Working from a strong foundation in the liberal arts, we will increase opportunities to infuse our curriculum with interdisciplinary innovation while promoting undergraduate and graduate research as well as international opportunities.


The faculty and staff of UNC Pembroke are guided by the following set of core values:

The commitment to serving the local region
The creation, exploration, evaluation, and articulation of ideas
The value of a liberal arts foundation as the basis of self-realization and lifelong learning
The importance of honor and integrity to learning and leadership as we educate students to be stewards of the world
The appreciation of the American Indian history of the university and local community
The appreciation of diversity and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual
The commitment to prepare graduate and undergraduate students to succeed in an ever-changing and increasingly technological global environment
The accessibility of education which leads to the enhancement of the economy and culture in the region
The maintenance of a sustainable, safe, healthful, attractive, and accessible campus

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke distinguishes itself from peer institutions by offering an affordable, highly personalized, student-centered education to diverse students. Founded in 1887 as an American Indian institution to serve the Lumbee people, UNCP is now also comprised of students, faculty, and staff who possess differing attributes based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, national origin, age, political affiliation, religion, and other characteristics. Diversity grounds intellectual pursuits and provides us with opportunities for discovery and ways to integrate all individuals and groups into the larger community, respecting and valuing their uniqueness while simultaneously advancing the University's historical tradition. UNC Pembroke thus prepares its students for life and leadership within a diverse society.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to University of North Carolina--Pembroke, it's important to note the application deadline is July 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 31. The application fee at University of North Carolina--Pembroke is $45. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 72 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.0%
Application deadline July 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of North Carolina--Pembroke is 15:1, and the school has 43.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of North Carolina--Pembroke include: Education, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Sociology; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; and Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 66.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 16%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education, General 14%
Business Administration and Management, General 13%
Sociology 11%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 10%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 10%

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Student Life

University of North Carolina--Pembroke has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,504, with a gender distribution of 38.7 percent male students and 61.3 percent female students. At this school, 29 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 71 percent of students live off campus. University of North Carolina--Pembroke is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,269
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

University of North Carolina--Pembroke offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. University of North Carolina--Pembroke also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of North Carolina--Pembroke, 39 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of North Carolina--Pembroke.

Students who have cars on campus 39%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At University of North Carolina--Pembroke, 77.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,280.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,144 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,351 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,841 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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