North Carolina Central University is a top-ranked historically black university and regional university in the south by U.S. News & World Report. The institution was founded in 1910 in Durham, North Carolina, by pharmacist and religious educator Dr. James E. Shepard. The university serves as a hub for intellectual dialogue and discourse and a source of academic distinction and game-changing innovation for North Carolina, the United States and the world. It is the oldest publicly-funded liberal arts college founded for African-Americans in the nation. Located in the state’s Research Triangle, NCCU has an enrollment of 7,953 students (Fall 2021) from continents including North America, South America, and Europe.
NCCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.