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North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina, United States
North Carolina Central University 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.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Education & Training (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



North Carolina Central University was founded by James E. Shepard as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua in the Hayti District. It was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened on July 5, 1910. Along with other progressives, Woodrow Wilson, the future U.S. President, contributed some private support for the school's founding.


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. 


The University, under the auspices of the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs in conjunction with its six colleges and schools NCCU has established its Research System Approach to Innovation and Sustainability. This system approach involves basic research ranging from biomedical/biotechnology to pharmaceutical sciences to social and behavioral sciences focused on solving problems that affect the citizens of North Carolina. 


Your career is more than a paycheck. It’s something you can find fulfilling and meaningful. It takes a great deal of determination, extensive research, knowing how to study long hours, planning, and continuous development to turn your dreams into reality. NCCU Career Services provides hands-on guidance to help you decide what you want to do and how your education and experiences beyond the classroom will get you there. 

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Student services

The Office of New Student & Family Programs is housed in the Division of Student Affairs under the leadership of Gary Brown, Interim Vice Chancellor.  The University is committed to the equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age or disability.

Housing services

These are the most commonly provided services and accommodation; however this list is not exhaustive. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • Note taker services with use of Smart Pen Technology
  • Interpreter services
  • Campus orientation
  • Adaptive transportation 

Library services

The libraries at North Carolina Central University provide resources and services that support the university’s educational, research, cultural and public service objectives.

Library resources are located in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) Library, the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, the Music Library, the School of Law Library and the School of Library and Information Sciences Library. 

Medical services

Take advantage of services offered at your student health center, a member of the American College Health Association. A multidisciplinary staff of doctors, nurse-practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, consulting psychiatrist, counselors, pharmacists, medical technologist, health educators and others collaborate to provide a comprehensive approach to meeting your health needs.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus is located about a mile south of downtown Durham, North Carolina and about three miles east of Duke University. Eleven buildings built before 1940 are included in a national historic district. All of the buildings, except for the three residences, are Georgian Revival style buildings of fireproof construction with steel trusses and brick exterior walls. They include the Clyde R. Hoey Administration Building, Alexander Dunn Hall, Annie Day Shepard Hall, and five institutional buildings built in the late 1930s under the auspices of the Public Works Administration. The campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Student clubs

North Carolina Central University has 130 registered student organizations and 12 honor societies.


NCCU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre 

Student Reviews

No Common Ordinary, Barnyard fowl.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Literally the best 4 years of my life; filled with memories and knowledge that'll take me beyond my years.

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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