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North Carolina Central University (NCCU)

1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC

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North Carolina Central University is a public historically black institution located in Durham, NC. Most historically black colleges and universities (also known as HBCUs) were established after the civil war to provide newly freed African Americans with educational opportunities. Around 8,600 students enroll at NCCU annually.

Areas of study available at North Carolina Central University include:

  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Library Science
  • Family And Consumer Sciences
  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Psychology

To be considered for admissions, you may be asked to complete an application, write a personal statement, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions staff. Students may provide either the ACT or SAT exam scores to be considered for admissions to North Carolina Central University. A score between 1140 to 1380 on the SAT, or 15 to 19 for the ACT is common among accepted students. Approximately 60% of all students that applied were admitted at this school, with 26% of those accepted choosing to enroll. More information from the admissions office can be found at nccu.edu.

The tuition at North Carolina Central University varies based on the state of residence of the student. In-state residents pay around $5,300 per year, while out-of-state residents are charged $17,000 annually. The cost of on-campus housing is about $4,700 per year. This school may help with costs by offering financial aid for students who are eligible in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The mascot for NCCU is the "Eagles", and they participate in intercollegiate athletic programs through the oversight and organization of the NCAA. Athletic programs available:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

Contact information, admission forms, areas of study offered, and more may be accessed on school's website at http://www.nccu.edu.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the students North Carolina Central University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to have a better understanding of your chances of getting accepted to North Carolina Central University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Recommended
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading380 - 460
SAT ® Math390 - 470
SAT ® Writing370 - 450
SAT ® Total Score1140 - 1380

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English13 - 18
ACT ® Math16 - 18
ACT ® Composite Score15 - 19

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into NCCU

We have provided a table below which represents your chance for admission at North Carolina Central University.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions4,795 (61%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled1,235 (26%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at North Carolina Central University is about 8,600, where graduate students make up roughly 25% of the student body.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,700. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $40 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • In-State Tuition: $3,200-$3,900
    • Nonresident Student Tuition: $14,000-$16,580
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $410-$490 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $1,700-$2,100 per credit unit

North Carolina Central University contains multiple schools that oversee specific programs and their respective curriculums. These schools may also have varying admissions requirements and tuition costs. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Law School (Tuition: $8,100/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid98%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships90%$9,618
Receiving Student Loans86%$5,828

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 11%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, North Carolina Central University may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of North Carolina Central University is around 38%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years15%
Graduating in 5 Years16%
Graduating in 6 Years7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

North Carolina Central University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Track and Field (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Football (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Bowling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Legal Professions and Studies

Library Science

  • Library Science, Librarianship (M)

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences (B, M)
  • Apparel and Textiles
  • Nutrition and Wellness Studies

Business and Marketing Studies

Security and Protective Services


Public Administration and Social Services

Health and Clinical Professions

Communications and Journalism

  • Media Studies (B)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences


  • Secondary School Administration (M)
  • Elementary Education (B)
  • Special Education (M)
  • Curriculum and Instruction (M)
  • Guidance Counselor (M)
  • Educational and Instructional Media Design (M)
  • Kindergarten and Preschool Education (B)
  • History Teacher Education (B)
  • Physical Education (B)
  • Middle School Education (B)
  • English and Language Arts Teacher Education (B)
  • Art Teacher Education (B)
  • Education, Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances (M)
  • Education, Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation (M)
  • College Student Counseling and Personnel Services (M)
  • Music Teacher Education (B)
  • Biology Teacher Education (B)
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Education, Teaching Individuals with Vision Impairments
  • Health Teacher Education

Social Sciences

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (B)
  • Music (B)
  • Drama (B)
  • Jazz and Jazz Studies (B, M)

Mathematics and Statistics

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B)

Physical Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious, Sacred Music

Natural Resources and Conservation

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