North Carolina Central University, a top-ranking southern regional university and historically black university, is located in Durham adjacent to Research Triangle Park.  With a diverse student body of more than 8,000 scholars, the university offers bachelor’s degrees in 100 disciplines, master’s degrees in more than 40 areas, and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences. NCCU is identified as a Community Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. A leader in the scientific study of health disparities, NCCU offers students the opportunity to gain laboratory skills and experience working with faculty researchers and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry professionals in two state-of-the-art research institutes: the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) and Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI).


Small Molecular Compounds Held at BRITE Institute (largest held by any university)


Community Service Hours Completed by Students during 2018-19


2015 regional economic impact

Historically Minority-Serving Institution

The UNC System Board of Governors created a special Committee on Historically Minority-Serving Institutions in 2018 to study and assess six institutions’ unique challenges and promising opportunities. The goal of the committee is to create strategies that will ensure these institutions’ future growth by promoting investments, opportunities, and awareness throughout the state.

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Take a 360-degree tour of each of our 16 universities, either on your desktop, laptop, phone, VR headset, or through the GEAR UP NC VR app. The GEAR UP NC VR app is the first of its kind, and the largest VR project for social good to date. This marks the first time a university system has used the technology across all of its institutions.

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The university’s signature graduate and undergraduate degrees are housed in seven colleges and schools and range from business, law, and education to the sciences.
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Campus Community

North Carolina Central University serves as a hub for intellectual dialogue and discourse and a source of academic distinction and producer of game-changing innovation for North Carolina, the United States, and the world.
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NCCU student-athletes are part of 15 Division I programs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The university’s athletes live by the same motto that guides the entire campus community: "Truth and Service."
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