North Carolina Central University: Narrative Description

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1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707-3129
Tel: (919)560-6100; 877-667-7533
Admissions: (919)530-6298
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of University of North Carolina System. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees. Founded 1910. Setting: 103-acre urban campus. Endowment: $13 million. Research spending 2003-04: $65,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $60,442 per student. Total enrollment: 7,727. Faculty: 471 (273 full-time, 198 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 2,801 applied, 83% were admitted. 5% from top 10% of their high school class, 17% from top quarter, 71% from top half. 14 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 4,725 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 1,303 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 14 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 90% black, 0.4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 28% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous until 10/15. Preference given to qualified state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $1878 full-time, $235 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,322 full-time, $1415 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $1164 full-time, $48 per credit hour part-time. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $4311. College room only: $2464. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 2,092 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Shepherd Library plus 4 others with 500,712 books, 510,384 microform titles, 1,934 serials, 7,600 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $5 million. 603 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Duke University.

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