North Carolina

North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC
School Type:
4-year, Public
Student Population:
Tuition (State Resident):
Tuition (Non-Resident):
Room and Board:
Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1910
  • Enrollment: 7,553
  • Mascot: Eagle
  • Colors: Maroon and Gray
  • Motto: Truth and Service
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

North Carolina Central University, located in the vibrant city of Durham, North Carolina, is a prestigious public historically black university with a storied history that began in 1910. Founded by Dr. James E. Shepard as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua, the institution underwent several name changes and evolved significantly over the decades. It became the first state-supported liberal arts college for African-Americans in the United States, marking a significant milestone in the history of higher education for black Americans.

Today, North Carolina Central University serves a diverse student body of 7,553 students and offers a wide array of academic programs, including Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees. The university is renowned for its strong programs in Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Business Administration and Management, Psychology, Social Science Research Methods, and Nursing. These popular majors underscore the university's commitment to providing comprehensive and relevant education that equips students for various professional paths.

In the realm of athletics, North Carolina Central University competes in the NCAA Division I as part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The university's athletic teams, known as the Eagles, represent the spirit and determination of the NCCU community. The mascot, the North Carolina Eagle, along with the university's colors of grey and maroon, are symbols of pride and tradition. The university's motto, "Truth and Service," reflects its dedication to fostering a culture of honesty, integrity, and a commitment to serving the community and society at large.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions:  (919) 530-6298
  • Admissions email:

Visit Admissions

  • Financial Aid: (919) 530-6180
  • Financial Aid

Visit Financial Aid

Popular Majors
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Psychology
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Nursing

View All Majors


NCAA Division I - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)

Team Name: Eagles

Men's Sports:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Golf

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Track & Field (Indoor & Outdoor)
  • Cross Country
  • Bowling
  • Golf

Ready to find HBCU scholarships?

Get matched now