North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University and Best Regional University in the South by U.S. News & World Report, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts.

The Past Is Our Anchor

Dr. James E. Shepard founded the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race, Inc., on July 5, 1910. Today, North Carolina Central University remains committed to diversity in- and access to higher education.

The Future Is Ours to Lead

Our university carries a storied history and a promising future built on more than a century of innovation and excellence. With defined plans for the future, we are building the infrastructure to stride toward our goals.


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North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a distinguished institution nestled in the heart of Durham, North Carolina, has earned national acclaim for its unwavering commitment to academic excellence, groundbreaking research opportunities and remarkable achievements in securing grants for innovative projects.

Committed to Service


Identified as a Community Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the NCCU community lives by the institution’s motto of “Truth and Service.” For the 2022–2023 academic year, undergraduate students contributed more than 166,455 hours of public service, the equivalent of $5.29 million dollars returned to the surrounding Triangle region economy.


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At Home in the World

From semesters abroad in countries throughout Latin America and Asia to partnerships with institutions in China and the Caribbean, NCCU Eagles spread their wings wide and fly far with cultural immersions, global exchanges and study abroad experiences.

History Meets Innovation in Durham

Durham is home to Parrish Street, the historical Black Wall Street of Durham, which gained city the title of “Capital of the Black Middle Class.” Dr. James E. Shepard, North Carolina Central University’s founder, was one of the most successful African American businessmen in the early 1900s. Inspired by its history, NCCU prides itself on its strong connections with the greater Durham community.


With a dedication to quality education, North Carolina Central University holds both regional and programmatic accreditation. In addition, five administrative units at the university are accredited by their respective accrediting agencies.

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