North Carolina Central University

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North Carolina Central University


North Carolina Central University, situated in Durham, is the nation’s first public Liberal Arts institution founded for African Americans. This HBCU opened its doors in 1910 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua.

As the college students, teachers and building grew over each decade, NCCU went through several name changes. This HBCU settled on the name North Carolina Central University in 1969.

Academic Merit

The North Carolina Central University undergraduate student body is 4,000. It awards the highest number of baccalaureates to Black students of all institutions of higher learning in the state. It earns the distinction as one of the Top 10 public campuses nationally in receipt of applications from African American students. Undergraduate fields of study include:

Business Administration
Computer Science
Financial Analytics
Foreign Languages
Hospitality & Tourism Management
Political Science
Social Work
Sports Management
Visual Arts

NCCU is also one of the leading public campuses nationally in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Blacks who go on to receive a doctorate from an American university.

Campus Life

The campus sits on 100-plus acres of verdant sloping hills and its buildings are a mixture of modern forms and modified Georgian structures, several of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Capital construction projects continue with renovated student residence halls and new & upgraded shools and classroom facilities. Current academic and administrative buildings include the McDougald House; William Jones Building; James E. Shepard Memorial Library, named after its founder; Farrison-Newton Communications Building; and C. Ruth Edwards Music Building, among many others.

There are a wide variety of cultural and educational resources accessible to North Carolina Central students, such as musical organizations and activities, and several theaters performing both classical and contemporary drama. They can also take advantage of the approximately 300 public parks, trails, gardens, and squares dotted around the Raleigh/Durham area, which is also brimming with its own history, culture, and natural beauty.

The Eagles have landed!

ADDRESS: 1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC MAP
PHONE: 919-560-6100