North Carolina Central University is situated in Durham, N.C., in North Carolina's eastern Piedmont to the northeast of the state's geographical center. Durham is part of North Carolina's celebrated Research Triangle, with the developed areas of the Research Triangle Park located in Durham County.
The City of Durham, located at 36 degrees North latitude and at 78 degrees 55 minutes West longitude, has a population estimated as more than 209,000. Durham is on two Interstate highways, I-40 and I-85, and is served by Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Durham is also home to Duke University.
A wide variety of cultural and educational resources are accessible to NCCU students. Musical organizations and activities in the area include blues, jazz, and gospel festivals, community bands, symphony orchestras, and choral societies, Museums dedicated to art, the sciences, history, and similar topics are located in the area, as are several theaters performing both classical and contemporary drama.
Durham is the primary beneficiary of North Carolina Central University's innovative Community Services Program, which insures that NCCU students have experience with voluntary public service. NCCU students serve as tutors in local schools, help build Habitat for Humanity housing, assist with a variety of youth programs, promote the causes of non-profit service agencies, and volunteer in a variety of other endeavors as they meet the university's standard of 15 clock hours of community service per semester.