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North Carolina Central University is proud to host SNCURCS 2016

About NCCU


North Carolina Central University was founded in 1909 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua by Dr. James Edward Shepard. It became the first public liberal arts institution for African Americans in the nation. The University is now a master’s comprehensive institution that offers bachelors and master’s degrees, a Juris Doctor, and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences to a diverse student population.


North Carolina Central University, with a strong tradition of teaching, research, and service, prepares students to become global leaders and practitioners who transform communities. Through a nationally recognized law school, highly acclaimed and innovative programs in the visual and performing arts, sciences, business, humanities, and education programs, NCCU students are engaged problem solvers. Located in the Research Triangle, the University advances research in the biotechnological, biomedical, informational, computational, behavioral, social, and health sciences. Our students enhance the quality of life of citizens and the economic development of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.

Points of Pride

For more than 100 years, the university has educated the citizens of North Carolina, the United States and the world.
Washington Monthly ranks NCCU in the top 40 in the nation for contributions to the public good.

  • NCCU is the first school in the University of North Carolina system to offer the bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and has also developed a master of music in Jazz Studies in performance and composition.
  • The University has two state-of-the-art biotechnology research facilities, the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI), and, The Golden Leaf Foundation Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), which collaborate with pharmacy and biotech companies in nearby Research Triangle Park.
  • The NCCU Art Museum houses one of North Carolina’s leading collections of works by African-American artists and by others dealing with the black experience
  • S. News and World Report ranked NCCU School of Law as one of the 10 most popular law schools. National Jurist magazine ranked the law school as one of the top clinical opportunity programs and one of the most diverse.
  • NCCU is the second HBCU in the country to develop an LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally) Center.
  • The School of Library and Information Sciences is one of the five most diverse programs in Library and Information Sciences in the nation and the only program of its type at a historically black college or university. It is one of only 14 programs in the nation offering a Joint degree with the School of Law, Juris Doctorate (JD) and a Master’s in Library Science (JD/MLS) and produces more African-American librarians than all the other Library and Information Sciences programs combined.
  • NCCU was the first school within the UNC system to require all students to volunteer in the community as part of their education. NCCU students give 120 hours of service before they graduate. Last year students gave more than 200,000 hours of service, valued at nearly $3 million.
  • The Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development is a leading trainer  in emergency preparedness; targeting rural communities, faith communities and low-income, low wealth communities.
  • The NCCU Men’s Basketball team won  the 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament Championship and earned the university’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament.


Quick Facts

Chancellor: Dr. Debra Saunders-White

Student Enrollment:
Number of Students: 8,155
Undergraduates: 6,369
Graduate / Professional: 1,786
Student Profile: 78% African-American, 12% White, 1.8% Hispanic; 1.2% Asian
International Students: 0.007 %
2015 Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention: 80%

Campus-housed Undergraduates: 33%

Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1

Average Class Size: 21

Number of Degrees Offered:

Bachelors = 32
Masters = 27
Professional = 1
Doctorate = 1
Total Degrees = 61
Total Concentrations = 112
Certificate Programs = 9

Number of Degrees Awarded: 1,585

Top Undergraduate Degree Programs:

  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Family and Consumer Science
  3. Business Administration

Top Graduate Degree Programs:

  1. Law
  2. Library Science
  3. Public Administration

Number of Buildings: 64

Number of Registered Student Organizations: 135

Number of Honor Societies: 8

Athletic Conference: NCAA Division I MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference): There are 310 student-athletes who compete in 14 NCAA Division I sports in the MEAC.

Tuition and Fees (per semester):
Undergraduate In-State: $3,450.57
Undergraduate Out of State: $8,737.07
Graduate In-State: $3,852.27 (excluding JD, MBA, MIS, MPA and PhD)
Graduate Out of State: $9,676.77 (excluding JD, MBA, MIS, MPA and PhD)

Employees: 1,813
Faculty: 666
Staff: 1,147


NCCU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of NCCU.

Service Projects

NCCU was the first UNC system campus to require community service for graduation, and we have gained national recognition from the Carnegie Foundation as a community-engaged university.