The Aspiring Eagles Academy (AEA) is an academic enrichment program designed to promote the success of incoming freshmen who have been accepted at North Carolina Central University. The academy includes a hybrid 4-week Summer Bridge program, a living-learning community, cultural enrichment, study and travel abroad, intrusive academic coaching, and focused academic support. Each cohort consists of 60 students, half of whom are first-generation college students.
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 an 880–1080 new SAT score (critical reading and math combined) or a 17–21 ACT composite score;
- Exhibit leadership and service opportunities, evidenced by participation in scholastic, community, and civic organizations;
- Submit a completed Online Aspiring Eagles Academy Application;
- Have previously completed 2 years of the FAFSA;
- 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; and
- Provide a non-refundable seat deposit of $250 (in-state) or $500 (out-of-state) upon notification of acceptance.