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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 50 students, half of whom are first-generation college students.

During a rigorous four-week academic program, students will have the opportunity to develop a support network as you begin your collegiate life in a supportive environment with the Aspiring Eagles Academy faculty, staff and students.

Throughout the summer, students will take a college-level English, Math and UNIV 1100 (freshmen seminar) courses.  In addition, students will attend various workshops and presentations that introduce them to North Carolina Central University's many resources.  Upon completion of the summer component of Aspiring Eagles Academy, student can earn up to 8.0 academic credit hours and enter the fall semester equipped with the tools for continued academic and personal success.  The academy provides a holistic experience for all participants of AEA.

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 2017 – 2018 and 2018-2019 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 Online 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 2018 Aspiring Eagles Academy Application

Date Description

February - April 2018

Panel Interview for Aspiring Eagles Academy
April 13, 2018 Application deadline for Aspiring Eagles Academy 
April 23, 2018 Selection of Summer 2018 cohort finalist
May 1, 2018 Seat Deposit due to secure spot in the program.  **Acceptance Package Due for Finalist**
May 7, 2018

Submit/Pay the following:

All medical forms must be submitted to the Student  Health Center.

SOAR Fee:  $325 (June 26-27, 2018)

FAFSA submission and completion for year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019

June 24, 2018

June 26-27, 2018

Move-In Day and Opening Ceremony 


June 28, 2018 Classes Begin!
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