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NCCU Welcomes Over 1,700 New Eagles


North Carolina Central University (NCCU) opened its doors to one of the largest classes of new Eagles in its history during Eagle Move-In Day on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. The Move-In Day tradition welcomes first-time and new transfer students, and kicks off a series of student-focused events known as Eagle Mania.

Approximately 1,309 freshmen will join the class of 2021, with an estimated 393 transfer and second-degree students registered for fall classes for the 2017-2018 academic year - an overall increase of nearly six percent from the previous year.

“North Carolina Central University is poised to open the 2017-2018 with a talented class of more than 1,700 new first-time freshmen and transfer students, making it one of the largest incoming classes of scholars in the history of our institution,” said NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye. “As we continue to enhance our course offerings and deliver more innovative opportunities for positive growth both academically and socially, we are proud that more students are choosing NCCU.”

Diversity within the student body continues to grow, with a nearly 80 percent increase in the number of incoming students who identify as Hispanic, compared to the previous year.

This year’s class boasts a high academic profile, with an average GPA of 3.26 and average SAT score of 954, an increase of 10 percent from the previous year.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences has the largest representation among academic programs chosen by incoming students, with nursing, criminal justice and psychology listed as some of the top anticipated majors.

As part of the university’s tradition of welcoming the new scholars, students will participate in Eagle Mania, a series of events organized by NCCU’s divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Through a mixture of academic and social programs, Eagle Mania helps students become more familiar with NCCU and the City of Durham.

“This is always an exciting time for North Carolina Central University faculty, staff and alumni, as we prepare to welcome our new and returning students,” said Gary Brown, interim vice chancellor for student affairs. “We’ve prepared a dynamic lineup of events and activities to make this a memorable experience for our students.”

On Sunday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m., in McDougald-McLendon Arena, NCCU alumnus and U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent, David Bailey will be the keynote speaker at the new student induction and pinning ceremony. Bailey, a 2007 graduate, was recently awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor by President Donald J. Trump following his brave effort to subdue the shooter who opened fire during the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., in June.

For a full list of Eagle Mania events, please click here.

Media Note: Special Agent Bailey will not be available for media questions or interviews as the Alexandria incident is the subject of an active, ongoing Federal law enforcement investigation.

Parking and Traffic Logistics:

Media parking will be available in the Chidley North Residence Hall parking lot located at the corner of Lawson St. and Alston Ave.

All parking lots and reserved spaces on campus will be closed on Aug. 10 to accommodate the move-in of new and returning students. Expect heavy traffic on Fayetteville Street and Alston Avenue between Lawson and Cecil streets.

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