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
The five-year Strategic Plan calls on the UNC System to achieve ambitious goals. Progress toward these goals and metrics will be achieved through the hard work and commitment of institutional leaders, faculty, and staff.
NCCU selected the following categories to “Prioritize” from the Strategic Plan: low-income completions; rural completions; five-year graduation rates; undergraduate degree efficiency; and achievement gaps in undergraduate degree efficiency.
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.
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.