Recently, North Carolina Central has gained recognition for its outstanding basketball and football teams. However, NCCU is so much more than a school with great athletics.
Founded by Dr. James E. Shepard in 1910 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua, North Carolina Central University is the first public liberal arts institution for African-Americans in the US. No longer simply a liberal arts college, NCCU offers bachelors through PhD degrees and has a law school.
More than 8000 students are enrolled in the college's undergraduate and graduate programs. Criminal justice and business administration are two of the largest programs, but students can major in over 75 other areas.
North Carolina Central is recognized as one of the top colleges in the state and one of the top HBCUs. It is a top producer of African-Americans with degrees in math, the physical sciences and computer sciences. Its library science, hospitality and nursing programs are nationally ranked. NCCU also offers a jazz studies concentration that includes Branford Marsalis among its faculty members.
Among North Carolina Central's alumni are Donald R. van der Vaart, Secretary of the NC Department of Environmental Quality; Remember the Titans coach Herman Boone; Bianca N . Barnes-Williams, producer of Real Housewives of Atlanta; Kristi Jones-the first African-American woman to serve as chief of staff for a North Carolina governor and NFL defensive back Ryan Smith.
An NCCU-led research team received a $600,000 grant to create more efficient treatments for Ebola, West Nile and other deadly viruses.
The college's museum houses one of the state’s leading collections of African-American art.
North Carolina Central University has hosted a Jazz Festival every spring for more than 25 years.
It is the 2nd HBCU to open a LGBTA resource center.