North Carolina Central University is in Durham, in the eastern part of North Carolina's Piedmont region. With the opening of the Research Triangle Park (RTP), Durham has become a global center for information technology, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medicine. The City of Durham is known as the "City of Medicine," with healthcare as a major industry. 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 other topics are in the region, as are 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 nonprofit service agencies, and volunteer in a variety of other endeavors as they meet the university's standard of 15 hours of community service per semester.