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Apiring Eagles Academy

Aspiring Eagles Academy

The Aspiring Eagles Academy (AEA) is an academically based enrichment program designed to promote the success of incoming freshmen who have been accepted to attend North Carolina Central University. The academy includes a Leadership Institute, a living-learning community, cultural enrichment, study and travel abroad, intrusive academic counseling and focused academic support. Each cohort consists of 40 students, half of whom are first-generation college students.

AEA provides the means to bridge the preparation and academic achievement gap between students admitted into the program and those who come to the university prepared with skills and abilities to experience college success. Students who participate fully in the academy will be prepared to face the challenges of first-year students in an institution of higher education upon their enrollment.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited or university-approved high school with a diploma or GED certificate;
  • Be admitted into NCCU as a full time student;
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative final high school grade point average (GPA);
  • Have completed 2016 – 2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); 
  • Have an 880 – 1080 New Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score (critical reading and math combined); or 17 – 21 American College Testing (ACT) composite score;
  • Submit a completed Aspiring Eagles Academy Application;
  • Participate in a panel interview consisting of Aspiring Eagles Academy professional staff;
  • Submit a final high school transcript to the NCCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions; 
  • Exhibit leadership and service opportunities, evidenced by participation in scholastic, community and civic organizations; and
  • Provide a Seat Deposit of $250 (in-state) or $500 (out-of-state) upon notification of acceptance. 

The Aspiring Eagles Academy does not end when fall semester classes begin. During their first year at NCCU, participants reside together in Rush Hall and participate in monthly seminars to expand their global awareness. They meet regularly with their academic advisors and counselors, attend Lyceum programs, student engagement sessions and activities planned by peer mentors.

Application Materials

Apply now with the 2017 Aspiring Eagles Academy Application

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