North Carolina Central University


Situated in Durham, North Carolina Central University is the nation’s first public liberal arts institution founded for African Americans. It opened its doors in 1910 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua. Later, it went through several name changes, becoming North Carolina Central University in 1969.

Academic Merit

North Carolina Central University undergrad student body is about 4,000. It awards the highest number of baccalaureates to Black students of all institutions of higher learning in the state. It earns distinction as one of the top ten public campuses nationally in receipt of applications from African-American students. It is one of the leading public campuses nationally in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Blacks who go on to receive a doctorate from a U.S. university. Undergraduate fields of study include:

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

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. A major capital construction effort is in progress, with substantial renovations at all student residence halls and most classroom facilities, plus construction of an additional residence facility and a new School of Education.

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.

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