North Carolina Central University

1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707

School Details

North Carolina Central University was founded in 1909 as a private institution known as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua. In 1915 the school was sold and reorganized resulting in it becoming the National Training School. In 1923, the school became publicly supported. By 1938, North Carolina Central University was awarded University status.

The school's mission is to prepare students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse, global society. North Carolina Central University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the school's overall accreditation,many independent programs at North Carolina Central University have also received specialized accreditation. The programs with specialized accreditation include:

  • Teacher Education
  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Law

North Carolina Central University’s campus is located in Durham, North Carolina.

When applying to North Carolina Central University, potential students are required to pay a $40 application fee as well as submit their GPA, official transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

North Carolina Central University has an acceptance rate of 52 percent. Students who are granted acceptance ultimately decide to attend North Carolina Central University at a rate of about 26 percent. Students who decided to attend North Carolina Central University come back for a following year of classes at a rate of 68 percent for full-time students and 35 percent for part-time students. Credits at North Carolina Central University are transferable to other institutions of higher learning, and 15 percent of students take advantage of this and transfer to another institution. Students at North Carolina Central University graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 15 percent and graduate within six years at a rate of 38 percent.

There are 8,359 students currently enrolled at North Carolina Central University, of these students, 6,416 are undergraduate students and 1,943 are graduate students. Undergraduate students at North Carolina Central University are mostly full-time enrollments, with 83 percent of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Like undergraduate students, graduate students are also typically full-time enrollments, with 60 percent.

The gender ratio of the student body is 67 percent female students and 33 percent male students. There is little racial diversity with the largest represented race being African American students and making up 84 percent of the student population. The other racial groups, white, Hispanic and Asian, make up five percent, two percent and one percent of the student body, respectively. In the student population there are 3,419 are adult learners who are over the age of 24.

Students have a variety of options academically at North Carolina Central University. There are eight schools and colleges in which students can find a program to interest them. The schools and colleges include:

  • College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science & Technology
  • Nursing
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Library & Information Sciences

Within these colleges, students have the choice between a variety of 88 Bachelor’s degree programs and 29 Master’s degree programs.

There are a total of 605 faculty members, all of which are part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student’s interaction and personalized attention. Classes are typically of smaller than average size due to a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

For students wanting to complete a degree, but who have a hectic schedule, North Carolina Central University offers programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. The distance learning program offers different options to meet the varying needs of a diverse group of students. These degrees can be completed through means of satellite classes, online classes, video-streaming classes and hybrid classes.

Students can find many ways to stay busy outside of class. One way for a student to spend free time while gaining valuable leadership and personal growth skills is through participating in extracurricular activities. There are 130 official student organizations and 12 honor societies recognized at North Carolina Central University. The types of extracurricular activities available North Carolina Central University includes:

  • Professional organizations
  • Honor societies
  • Religious clubs
  • Minority clubs
  • Special interest clubs
  • Cultural clubs

Student at North Carolina Central University also have the option to become involved in athletics. There are 14 intercollegiate sports teams all competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division I, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at North Carolina Central University is $5,200 for in state students and $15,773 for out of state students. North Carolina Central University offers a tuition payment plan and the assistance and guidance of its financial aid office to help students with the cost of higher education. The financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 79 percent of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $8,509 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance, 79 percent of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $7,051.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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