Jul 22, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Student Affairs

Angela Coleman,Vice Chancellor
North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville Street
208 Student Services Building
Durham, NC  27707
(919) 530-6023 Office
(919) 530-7443 Fax

The central mission of Student Affairs is the facilitation of the learning process for all students and the cultivation of an environment that enriches and supports learning and personal development. This perspective recognizes the value of formal and informal learning experiences to the intellectual and personal growth of students.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The vice chancellor for Student Affairs is the Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) and, as such, provides administrative leadership to the various functional areas that comprise the division. Functional areas reporting directly to this officer include: Residential Life, Student Health and Counseling Services, University Career Services, and Student Activities and Union Programs.

The associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs serves as a liaison between students and the administration. This individual assists the SSAO in all student personnel service matters and represents the vice chancellor in his/her absence.

Administrative oversight of commuter services, diversity and multicultural services, leadership development, student learning, and Student Disability Services also are provided by Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs develops, advocates, assesses and implements programs and services supportive of student learning and a quality campus environment.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

Administration of campus judicial programs and services rests with the director, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. This office is also responsible for the planning and implementation of moral and character development activities and the training of various on-campus hearing boards/panels. The director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is responsible for enforcement of the Student Code of Conduct.

Additional Student Affairs Offices

The NCCU “Sound Machine” Marching Band is comprised of approximately 175 students that perform at all home football games and some away games. The marching band is a central feature of the university, performing before audiences more of 80,000 in special concerts and competitions. The ensemble is often featured in media broadcasts and news coverage.

The Centennial Scholars Program was created to increase North Carolina Central University’s retention and graduation rates. This initiative is a comprehensive living-learning community that produces skilled and knowledgeable African-American male scholars who understand the importance of communal responsibility and contribute positively to their own and society’s economic and social well-being.

The Office of Leadership Development offers a comprehensive leadership development program. The office has a Student Resource Library and offers The Rising Star Leaders Program and Fall and Spring Leadership Development symposiums and other programs. This office is also responsible for the coordination of Greek Affairs.

Student Accessibility Services

The Office of Student Disability Services (SDS) was created as a part of the Division of Student Affairs to respond to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The office is charged with ensuring that students with disabilities have reasonable accommodations and services and are offered equal opportunities for a successful and satisfying college experience. All currently enrolled students with documented disabilities are eligible for services.

The office may provide reader and attendant services; interpreter services; campus orientation, mobility, and accessibility services; adaptive transportation; parking; tutoring; and counseling.

North Carolina Central University maintains an office and a Learning Activity Center in Suite G20 Student Services Building, where appropriate educational assistance is available.

Students eligible for services include those with documented disabilities that include but are not limited to learning disabilities, visual and/or auditory impairments, and other physically disabling conditions.

Academic Access and Accommodations

North Carolina Central University shall make such modification to academic requirements as are necessary to ensure that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating, on the basis of disability, against a qualified applicant or student. Academic requirements that are essential to the program of instruction being pursued by such student or to any directly related licensing requirement will not be regarded as discriminatory.

Modifications may include changes in the length of time permitted for the completion of degree requirements and adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted. The university shall take such steps as are necessary to ensure that no student with a documented disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under the education programs or activities operated by the university. Persons desiring access must notify the director of Student Disability Services/504 Compliance Coordinator of the specific access sought. The director will in turn contact all other personnel necessary to provide the program for which access is sought. Where academic programs are concerned, the director and the registrar will make the necessary classroom reassignments within 24 hours of notification by the student. They will then notify the department chairperson or dean, who will in turn notify the affected instructor of the reassigned class and of the reason for the reassignment.

With regard to non-academic programs and activities, once the director is notified by the student of the needed access, s/he will contact the appropriate person(s) about reassigning the activity or event in question. In most cases, the contact person will be the supervisor or director of the unit sponsoring the activity or providing the service. The unit contact person will reassign the activity to another location ensuring accessibility for the student with a disability if the office receives written notices from the student at least five days prior to the event in question and will notify the director of the reassignment. The director will then notify the student who initiated the request.

For further information contact:

Director of Student Disability Services

Section 504 Coordinator

Suite G20 Student Services Building

North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC  27707

(919) 530-6325

Campus Recreation

The mission of the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness is to support personal development and improvement in overall health and well-being through active lifestyle promotion for NCCU students and the campus community. We are committed to providing diverse recreational, social, educational and experiential opportunities that enhance and support student learning, leadership development and success at NCCU and beyond.

The vision of the Campus Recreation Department is to build upon excellence in programming and student development. By providing outstanding programming, we shall meet the diverse recreational needs of the student body, faculty and staff.

The Campus Recreation Program structures learning opportunities for students that facilitate active campus involvement and improve those intellectual and social competencies necessary to assume a productive role in society. We partner with others in the university community to help students establish a strong sense of belonging within the university and enrich their overall educational experience.

Campus  Recreation is located in The LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex.   Staff may be contacted at (919) 530-6013 or email: edixon@nccu.edu.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services operates under the Division of Student Affairs and is dedicated to helping students hone career and professional development skills needed to stay employable in the current job market.  We serve students from freshman year through graduation and beyond. Whether it’s selecting the right major, exploring career options, looking for a part-time job or internship, or preparing for an interview, our Career Services staff is here to assist you.

The following services are available to students:

Career Counseling and Advising

Students may make appointments with a career counselor to discuss a variety of career topics, including:

  • Resume and cover-letter writing, in additional to all other professional correspondence
  • Improving interview skills
  • Identifying a major
  • Developing a career plan by learning the best approaches to internships, summer jobs, full-time positions, etc.
  • Increasing awareness of how skills, values and interests interact with the workplace
  • Using decision making skills to make informed career choices

Career Assessment

A number of assessment tools exist to increase awareness of personality and career interests. Career Services has partnered with TypeFocus to offer students a free, online career assessment to assist in making career choices. Students should meet with career counselor to get an interpretation of assessment results and guidance on how to apply results in career planning.

Eagle Career Network (ECN)

Eagle Career Network (ECN) is a full service online recruiting system encompassing job and internship postings, on-campus recruiting opportunities, and events such as employer information sessions and career fairs. The system is for the exclusive use of NCCU students and alumni. While ECN is fairly easy to use, tutorials are available to assist students in getting oriented to the system.   To login or claim your ECN account today, please visit the Career Services website at www.nccu.edu.edu/careerservices

Programs & Workshops

Career Fairs

Career Services offers campus-wide career fairs each fall and spring semester to enable students to explore different career fields, employers and types of employment. Information for the career fair including the date, time and participating organizations is available on Eagle Career Network and the university calendar.

Career Views

Career Views gives students a firsthand experience at learning more about an industry or organization by participating in a company site visit. Career Views typically features a company tour, presentation on internships and careers, and a chance to network with alumni.  Previous career views include site visits to Environmental Protection Agency, SAS, and Cisco Systems.  Students  who RSVP to attend Career Views should allot at least two to three hours in their schedule.  Career Services will coordinate travel to and from the company location.  To RSVP for upcoming Career Views, please login to your Eagle Career Network account.

Professional Development Network Conference

The Professional Development Network Conference (PDN) was designed to provide NCCU students with the necessary career skills and training to obtain a competitive advantage in today’s job market. The conference is typically hosted in the fall semester on a Saturday and includes a series of workshops facilitated by career professionals, employers, and industry experts.  Students who become PDN Certified are placed in an applicant pool for internships and job referrals and are eligible for special incentives, such as free business attire, exclusive networking events, stipends etc.

Paraprofessional Program

Undergraduate and graduate students can apply to become Career Services paraprofessionals working alongside Career Services staff. Our Career Eagle Officers (CEO) learn more about career services and the career development process firsthand, while advising Career Services staff on key marketing strategies to build career awareness on campus.

Graduate students have the opportunity to coordinate practicum requirements and carry out various career-practitioner functions, such as student appointments, workshops, presentations and event operations.

Resume Boot Camp

Students have an opportunity to gain feedback on their resume “straight from the horse’s mouth” - the employer! At Resume Boot Camp, students will receive a 15-minute resume critique by professionals and will receive a detailed rubric on the strengths of their resume and areas for improvement.  Students should already have written resume and know some general concepts about resume writing.

Styled for Success

The Styled for Success program is an initiative made possible through a generous gift from Susan B. Rosenthal. The program promotes employability of students with a demonstrated financial need by equipping them with professional attire and helping ensure that they are ready to enter the job market. Styled for Success enables eligible students to purchase professional attire for job interviews with a clothing award of up to $250.

The program helps NCCU students who, because of financial constraints, would not be in the position to purchase appropriate professional attire for interviews internships, graduate school interviews, student-teaching placements, or full-time employment opportunities.

Contact Us

NCCU Career Services

William Jones Building, Lower Level Room 005

(919) 530-6337


NCCU Women’s Center

The mission of the NCCU Women’s Center is to promote the academic, personal, and professional development and potential of women on campus by celebrating their strengths and aspirations; fostering a safe, respectful and equitable environment; and collaborating to mutually support the needs of the campus and community as an integrative whole.

The NCCU Women’s Center envisions an empowering, inclusive and just learning environment where women realize their limitless potential.

The NCCU Women’s Center is located next to Baynes Residence Hall.  The office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Programs and Services

The Women’s Center team works to offer advocacy, information, academic and social programming for and about women and gender equity. The resources of the Women’s Center are available for use by both women and men. The Women’s Center provides a place for women’s support and network groups to meet in a safe, supportive, confidential atmosphere. Women’s Center staff provides informal advising and consulting on advocacy issues for women, information and helpful referrals to important campus and community resources, and confidential support and assistance dealing with problems such as sexual and relationship violence.

Women’s Center Key Programs

  • Triple E Program Series: Embrace Yourself, Enhance Yourself, and Empower Yourself. This program provides young women with tools for self-acceptance while focusing on areas which need improvement and works to build self-esteem. The goal is to assist, each young woman in finding the willpower to rise above adversities, as well as provide tools to help them stay focused.
  • The Men’s Initiative - NCCU men working to end violence against women
  • Speaker Series - National and local speakers focusing on gender-related topics
  • Circle of Sisters Women’s Leadership Program - Semester-long enrichment program for women to cultivate servant leadership, enhance self-esteem, explore careers, and embrace other cultures.
  • Eagle Women’s Village - Inspiring and supporting undergraduate women to become engaged, confident and connected leaders in the North Carolina Central University community and beyond. Our motto is: iLEAD! Students in Eagle Women’s Village participate in programming opportunities geared toward three key areas in order to enhance their learning and holistic development.

Key areas:

  • Identity development
  • Interpersonal/intimacy skills development
  • Independence/interdependence
  • Women’s Center Library - a circulating resource library of fiction and non-fiction books, available for check out with NCCU ID.

Staff may be contacted at (919) 530-6811 or email: womenscenter@nccu.edu.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center (The LGBTA Resource Center)

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center serves as a vital link where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, and intersex (LGBTQQI) individuals and their allies can find a sense of community and everyone can learn about LGBTQIA identity and culture. We strive to create an inclusive campus community by providing support services, educational programs, advocacy and opportunities for leadership development.

The LGBTA Resource Center houses a wealth of information and provides a variety of resources and programming, including:

  • Access to a library of LGBTQI materials
  • Educational and social programming
  • The LGBTA Lecture Series
  • LGBT Support Network


Safe Zone symbolizes support for NCCU’s LGBTQQI students and employees. A person displaying this symbol is one who will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if a LGBTQQI student or employee needs help, advice, or just someone with whom you can talk. All SAFEZONE Allies have completed the NCCU SAFEZONE training model.

The LGBTA Resource Center is located in G-64 Alfonso Elder Student Union.  Staff can be contacted at (919) 530-5545 or email tdoxey@nccu.edu.

Grievance Procedures for Persons with Disabilities

Grievances in regard to rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 should be filed with the director of Student Disability Services. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission and activities, including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services, and employment. Anyone desiring information concerning these provisions should contact the director of Student Services (See previous contact information).

Non-Academic Grievances

Complaints in regard to non-academic concerns/issues should be directed to the vice chancellor for Student Affairs. All such grievances should be in writing.

United Christian Campus Ministry

Rev. Michael D. Page, Campus Minister

Eagle Landing

telephone: (919) 530-5263

fax: 530-7993

Office Hours: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday

What is United Christian Campus Ministry?

United Christian Campus Ministry is an ecumenical ministry provided to the North Carolina Central University for over 40 years involving more than a dozen denominations. United Christian Campus Ministry is for all members of the academic community.  It is a means by which students, faculty, and administrative staff of the university may work together in living and expressing their respective religious beliefs. While affirming the unity of the Christian faith and sponsoring a program of common interest for all denominations, the United Christian Campus Ministry encourages individuals to participate in the life and worship of a local church in Durham.

What is Our Mission?

The United Christian Campus Ministry seeks to lead the campus community to broader perspectives on moral imperatives and life planning. Additionally, the United Christian Campus Ministry seeks to point the way toward greater spiritual, mental, and emotional maturity. Therefore, it serves as the conduit through which judicatories, individuals, and churches provide resources for a Christian ministry on campus. United Christian Campus Ministry lives out its mission by sponsoring worship services, bible studies, religious forums, community programs, and spiritual guidance for the North Carolina Central University campus and community.

Programs of United Christian Campus Ministry


While worship in local churches is primary, there are also weekly opportunities for corporate worship for the entire North Carolina Central University Community.


Since the first task of both faculty and students is the learning process, the United Christian Campus Ministry seeks to promote disciplined study within the context of the Christian faith. Therefore, we sponsor weekly Bible studies centered on various issues related to Christian understanding.

Spiritual Guidance

All members of the academic community are invited to seek out the campus minister for confidential discussion and guidance in areas of personal concern.


United Christian Campus Ministry views fellowship as a crucial element in the life of the campus community. As a result, our ministry sponsors activities throughout the year that provide spiritual interaction for the university.


United Christian Campus Ministry acknowledges the need to embrace the community around us. Our vision is to rally together to minister to the local community and eventually minister to the global community as well.

Student Health and Counseling Services

Student Health and Counseling Services is committed to providing high-quality primary care to students, developing of health and wellness programming, and supporting the mental health and psycho-social needs of the student population. Services available to students include: primary and gynecological services, pharmacy, laboratory, personal counseling, and psychological and vocational testing.

Counseling and Mental Health Services offers personal counseling and a variety of mental health services, which include assessment, consultation, medication evaluation and management, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention  for students.

The costs of medical services not covered by the health fee are the responsibility of the student, unless covered by health insurance. Counseling services are free and confidential. These services are available to students on the second floor of the Student Health Building.

Student Health Services is in the southern section Old Health Building across from Pearson Cafeteria. Parking is very limited.

During the fall and spring semesters, regular clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with appointments scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A provider is available on-call to the nurse after 5 p.m. weekdays and on weekends. The door to Health Services is locked after 5 p.m. for security reasons. For your safety, contact Campus Police or ask a friend to serve as an escort after normal business hours. In case of an emergency in the residence hall, notify the resident director or the security officer. During the summer months, the hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with appointments scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Health Services is closed on the weekends. A provider is on-call for consultation.

Student Health and Accident Insurance

The student health fee is not the same as the student health and accident insurance. The student health fee entitles students to free services at Student Health Services except for those fee-designated services. The policy is subject to renewal each year.

Students who wish to waive the health and accident insurance must present their individual insurance card to Student Health Services (the Infirmary) to show proof of coverage and complete the insurance waiver form during the regular registration period. Waiver requests must be approved each semester and taken to the Student Accounting Office before the student’s account is adjusted.

The insurance plan is designed to supplement the services provided by Student Health Services and other health plans. It provides 24-hour coverage during the term of the policy, whether on or off campus, and during vacation periods. A student must first be seen by Student Health Services before using the insurance externally, unless there is an emergency or the medical visit meets the criteria for utilization without a Student Health Services referral. The insurance covers only a percentage of incurred costs; the remaining costs are the responsibility of the student and his or her family. Full information concerning benefits under this health and accident plan may be secured from Student Health Services, including a copy of the master policy.

True emergencies (i.e., poisonings, overdose, suicide attempts, severe injuries, heart attacks, and severe breathing problems) are referred to a local emergency room. A student is referred to a local consultant if further evaluation of a medical problem is deemed necessary by a Student Health Services provider.

Alfonso Elder Student Union

The Alfonso Elder Student Union is the hub of activity and a catalyst for student involvement on the NCCU campus. The Union is the point where the cultural, social, academic and recreational lives of the university come together. The Union provides students with the opportunity to get to know and understand one another outside the classroom by sharing the day-to-day services and conveniences. The Student Union also provides services and facilities needed for social, personal, and intellectual development of individual students and groups of students. It is an extension of the classroom as much through conversations over coffee as through scheduled discussions, structured activities, exhibits, seminars and resources. At the same time, groups and individuals alike find here needed relaxation from the academic routine. Well maintained and secure facilities are also provided to students, faculty, staff, administrative professionals, administrative and academic department groups, alumni and the community.

The Alfonso Elder Student Union is headquarters for the Student Activities Board (SAB) and the Student Government Association (SGA) student organizations. It is a vital part of the total educational process, a laboratory in living/learning where self-realization are encouraged, where valuable lessons in citizenship, social responsibility, and leadership can be learned. The Union provides a diversity of experiences and serves as a unifying force for campus life at North Carolina Central University.

Student Union Advisory Board and Student Activities Board

The Student Union Advisory Board assists the Union director in establishing operational rules and policies. The committee also assists with Union budgets, long- and short-range goals, reviews of Union activities, and considers the concerns of the student body regarding Union operation.

The Student Activities Board is a vital part of the Union operation and campus life. Its members and staff advisors initiate, execute, and evaluate programs of cultural, educational, recreational, social, and other enrichment needs and desires of the campus. Membership on either board is open to any student enrolled at North Carolina Central University through an application and interview process.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association affords the opportunity for students to participate in the democratic government of certain extracurricular activities affecting the entire student body. Upon registration, each student becomes a member of student government and is invited to participate in selection of representatives to the positions which carry out appropriate student government activities.

For complete information on North Carolina Central University Student Government Association organization and how one can participate as a student, contact the student government office in Room 106 of Alfonso Elder Student Union or visit www.nccu.edu/sga/.


Students are involved in the writing, editing, and production of several publications at North Carolina Central University.

The Campus Echo, NCCU’s student newspaper, has established itself as one of the nation’s top HBCU print and online student newspapers, winning numerous first-place awards from the Black College Communication Association. The paper has also received top honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Collegiate Press Association. Former editors and staff writers are or have been employed by the Durham Herald-Sun, the News and Observer, New York Times regional newspapers, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Detroit Free Press, among others. The Campus Echo is published by and for students and participation is open to all students. Freedom from censorship is assured by the paper’s constitution and the university administration. Production facilities at the Campus Echo have state-of-the-art computers and desktop publishing and graphics software. Student photojournalists work with 35mm digital cameras.

The Eagle is the university yearbook. It is published by a student staff under the guidance of faculty advisors. Membership on the yearbook staffs is open to all students. This annual publication is issued near the end of the spring semester and pictorially covers the people and events of the year.

Ex Umbra is a magazine of the arts that provides a forum for students’ creative expression.

Residential Life


All students are responsible for locating their own housing.  To apply for on-campus housing, contact the Office of Residential Life by calling (919) 530-6227 or visit online at www.nccu.edu/studentlife/residentiallife.shtml

The office of the Department of Residential Life  is on the ground floor of the Student Services Building. The department is responsible for the quality of life within the residence halls. The university has housing facilities for approximately 2,800 residents. All rooms include cable television, individual phones, and two computer port jacks. All residential halls feature laundry facilities, TV lounges, and fully staffed offices. Undergraduate students residing on campus are required to register for a meal plan in the university cafeteria.

Room Reservations

Room reservations are booked according to the date that the contract and deposit are received.  Since there may not be enough housing on campus for all students, those who apply first will receive reservations first.  Priority for on-campus housing is given to freshmen students.

Requests for roommates must be mutual. Requests for certain rooms are honored contingent upon the rooms being available when the application/contracts are processed for assignment.  Assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Application/Contract and Deposit

A residence hall application/contract and a non-refundable deposit of $150 or $200 must be submitted to the Bursar’s Office to reserve space for the fall and/or spring semesters. The term of the application/contract is for one academic year consisting of two semesters, from the first day of the fall semester to the last day of the spring semester.  Application/contract accepted for the spring semester shall be for that semester only. Students must assume occupancy within two weeks of the first official boarding day.

Reservations and assignments of rooms for summer school are made separately from the regular school year. Students interested in on-campus summer housing should obtain an application/contract from the Department of Residential Life.

Off-Campus Housing

When the supply of living spaces on campus is exhausted, students will be referred to city residences that have been listed with Residential Life by private or commercial owners. The provision of listed city residences is a service, not an approval rating.

Each student who resides off-campus away from home is directly responsible to his or her landlord or landlady for the cost of his or her living accommodations. See “Student Handbook and Residential Life Guide to On-Campus Living” for additional housing regulations. Additional housing information may be obtained from:

Department of Residential Life/NCCU

Durham, NC 27707

(919) 530-6227

Food Services

Food services at North Carolina Central University are operated for students, faculty, staff and guests of the university.

North Carolina Central offers students living on campus a modified board plan that includes dining in the W. G. Pearson Cafeteria. These plans are primarily for students who are housed in the university residence halls. Students not living on campus and others may purchase meals on a cash basis/points basis.

Smart Market and a Subway sandwich shop are located in the annex of the W. G. Pearson Cafeteria. Smart Market is a cash/point operation offers a variety of convenience foods. The Eagle’s Nest Food Court, another cash/point operation, is located in the lower level of the Student Union Building. The Eagle’s Nest contains Eagle Express, Pizza Inn Express, and World of Wings Café and Wingery. Chik-fil-A restaurant is on the lower level of the W.G. Pearson Cafeteria. The university also has vending operations that offer quick snacks, sandwiches, and beverages stationed throughout the campus.

Eagle Express Account

The Eagle Express Account (EEA) is a declining balance program that works like a credit card in reverse by using your NCCU identification card. The EEA nearly eliminates the need to carry cash and gives one unparalleled purchasing power on campus. To open an account, students go to the Eagle Card Office located in the W. G. Pearson Cafeteria Annex Building, Room 203, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Checks, cash, MasterCard, or VISA charge cards are accepted, and deposits in increments of $25 or more may be made via mail. Additional information may be obtained by calling the Eagle Card at (919) 530-5010.

Student Store

The North Carolina Central Student Store on the ground floor of Latham Parking Complex is the official source for the purchase of textbooks, school supplies and emblematic school paraphernalia. Providing educational materials, primarily textbooks, has been the purpose of the Student Store since it first opened its doors.

The Student Store offers a full selection of high-quality general school supplies, including computer hardware and software academically priced. Furthermore, just as trade and reference books are chosen to meet individual campus needs, specialized school supplies for art, chemistry, nursing curricula and more are selected to meet the needs of our campus. The most popular way for students, faculty, and alumni to demonstrate their school spirit and pride is by wearing clothing and using other insignia merchandise such as banners, decals, class rings, and glassware that display the school name. The Student Store is extremely proud of the selection of school paraphernalia available through our gift catalog and website located on the university home page.

The Student Store is a self-supporting unit that pays all operational expenses, merchandise costs, and capital improvements out of receipts, returning any residual money to the student body through scholarship program. Please know that student support of Student Stores makes an important contribution to the academic mission of the university. By shopping there, students are helping to fulfill a lifelong dream of many students and their families.

Postal Services

A U.S. Post Office branch, which provides all postal services, is located in the basement level of the Alfonso Elder Student Union. Post office boxes, which are available for rent by residential students, are located on the lower level of the Student Union. There is no mail delivery available to the residence halls. The cost for box rentals is $15 per semester. Boxes are also available during each summer session at $8 per session.

NCCU Ticket Office

The NCCU Ticket Office is on the lower level in the Pearson Cafeteria and is responsible for the sale of tickets for special events at North Carolina Central University. All tickets required for university-sponsored events are ordered and sold through the NCCU Ticket Office.

Such special events that require the sale of tickets have been sponsored by, but not limited to Athletics, University Theater, Alfonso Elder Student Union, Student Government Association, Lyceum Committee, Student Activities, and Student Affairs/Student Life.

The NCCU Ticket Office is responsible for conducting advance and day-of-event ticket sales, organizing and implementing strategies for selling season tickets, and other group ticket packages for all campus organizations. The NCCU Ticket Office supports the educational efforts of the university by providing courteous, high quality services to the students, faculty and staff.

The University Theatre

The award-winning University Theatre is a campus treasure because of its high quality theatrical productions. NCCU’s Department of Dramatic Arts has been ranked among the nation’s top five college and university theater producers, leading to a performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC., and other national venues.

The University Theatre presents four performances each season. These may include musicals, dramas, comedies, operas,  or children’s theatre. Students are encouraged to audition for these presentations at the announced times.

The University Theatre participates annually in both regional and national dramatic competitions.

Performing Musical Ensembles

The musical ensembles of the university are an integral part of the Department of Music. Membership is open to any interested student who has instrumental or vocal experience, with the approval of the director of the particular ensemble. Credit is granted for participation in the band, choir, brass, woodwind, guitar, and hand bell ensembles. Participation by non-music majors may be supplemented by private lessons for which a student can obtain credit.

  • The University Band is open to all students who successfully complete the required audition. Auditions are held during the middle of August each year and are primarily for the purpose of seating assignments. Performances by the band, which is composed of approximately 175 individuals, are a highlight at NCCU home football games, many away football games, and parades in and outside of Durham. The band is known for its versatility, one moment executing a precision drill routine and the next serenading the audience with a beautiful ballad.  The band’s dance routines are band entertainment at its best.
  • The University Choirs perform at formal university activities, concerts, and various community events. Representative choral music is studied and performed. The touring choir, which undertakes an annual spring tour, has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
  • The String Ensemble performs a variety of music written for strings.
  • The Brass Ensemble performs music written especially for brass instruments.
  • The Woodwind Ensemble performs all types of musical literature written for woodwinds.
  • The university’s jazz ensembles include two big bands and a vocal ensemble. They perform regularly on campus, in the Triangle region and national. In spring 2016, they were showcased at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at New York’s Lincoln Center.  Ensembles have performed in Montreux, Switzerland, and at a special White House Press Conference during the Bill Clinton administration.

Assemblies, Lectures, and Concerts

In addition to classroom education, a varied program of cultural attractions under the sponsorship of the Forum Committee and the Lyceum Committee is offered. The Forum Committee invites distinguished scholars and persons prominent in public affairs, both state and national, to deliver lectures and addresses at various assemblies. The Lyceum committee invites, concert artists, musical groups, lecturers, debates, dance groups, international artists and scholars to the university.

The University Art Museum

The NCCU Art Museum, dedicated in 1977, is a free-standing facility designed to house the university’s growing art collections and temporary exhibitions. Emphasis has been placed upon the promotion of art exhibits to provide the campus community with the opportunity to view a broad array of visual art.

The Art Museum exists primarily as a teaching institution, therefore, its collections and temporary exhibitions are chosen to reflect diversity in style, technique, medium and subject. The focus is on American art, but because NCCU developed as a historically black institution, the museum has built an extensive collection of works by African-Americans. The collection also contains fine art by European artists, traditional African art, and some Oceanic works. The collecting policy complements those of other area museums.

In addition to selections from the permanent collection, which are on view in the Carol G. Belk Gallery throughout the year, there are five annual special exhibits. The Art Museum is a highly visible and vital part of a complex that is devoted to the arts, and makes a very real, perhaps unique, contribution to the image of the State of North Carolina as “the state of the arts.” The museum is open to the public.

Student Organizations

North Carolina Central University has a variety of clubs and organizations to which students can apply for membership or to which participation is open to all interested students.  There are several social, service, and professional organizations that are recognized by the university.  In addition, there are many honor societies, fraternitie, and sororities.  Some of these are:

Alpha Kappa Delta National Sociological Honorary Society, Gamma Chapter

Membership is open to sociological scholars, graduate students, and senior and junior sociology majors who have maintained an average of “B” or above in all subjects.

Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Kappa Gamma Chapter

Undergraduates who have earned 70 semester hours of credit with a cumulative average of 3.3 or above and who rank in the highest 20 percent in scholarship in their respective classes are eligible for membership.

Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society

The purpose of this society is to encourage and advance scientific education through original investigation, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and the stimulation of high scholarship in pure and applied science.  Those eligible for membership must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average overall, 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the major area, and 17 semester hours in the major area of one of the following scientific fields: biology, mathematics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, physics, anthropology, experimental and/or clinical psychology.

Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society - Nu Chi Chi Chapter

CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.

Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Honor Society

Eta Sigma Delta is an international honor society that recognizes the scholastic and professional achievements of students and alumni from institutions granting diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees, graduate degrees, or their equivalents, in the field of hospitality, tourism, and culinary arts.

Gamma Theta Upsilon Fraternity in Geography, Gamma Pi Chapter

Membership in the college chapter is open to outstanding major or minor students in geography, provided they have completed 12 semester hours in geography and have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in geography and a cumulative average of 2.3 in all of their college courses.

Kappa Omicron Nu, Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences majors, Kappa Gamma Epsilon Chapter

Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences or one of the specializations.  Undergraduates must have completed 45 semester hours or equivalent and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Graduate students must have completed 12 semester hours of graduate work or equivalent and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Lambda Pi Eta- Alpha Alpha Kappa Chapter

LPE is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Lambda Pi Eta six goals are to:

  1. Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies
  2. Stimulate interest in the field of communication;
  3. Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
  4. Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication;
  5. Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and
  6. Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

Phil Alpha Theta Honorary Fraternity in History, Epsilon Alpha Chapter

Membership is open to history majors of junior, senior, and graduate classification who have completed 15 semester hours in history with a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and have an average of 3.0 in all other subjects.

Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society

Membership in the university chapter is open to outstanding students majoring or minoring in French language and literature, provided they have completed one semester of upper division college work in French and have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all French courses and a cumulative average of at least 2.8 in all their college courses.  Graduate students in good standing who are candidates for their advanced degree in French are also eligible.

Phi Epsilon Kappa - Eta Alpha Chapter

Phi Epsilon Kappa Fraternity is a national professional fraternity for persons engaged in or pursuing careers in physical education, health, recreation, dance, human performance, exercise science, sports medicine and sports management.

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society Inc.

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society for first-year college students. Our goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year students in institutions of higher learning.

Pi Gamma Mu, National Social Sciences Honor Society

The purpose of this society is to improve scholarship in social studies, to inspire social service to humanity by an intelligent approach to the solution of social problems, and to engender sympathy toward others with different opinions and institutions by a mutual understanding.

Pi Mu Epsilon, National Honorary Mathematics Fraternity

This is an organization whose purpose is the promotion of scholarly activities in mathematics among students in academic institutions and among the staff of qualified non-academic institutions.  Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed their mathematical work with honor (at least a “B” average) and who are in the top one-third of their class in their general college work.

Psi Chi, National Honorary Society in Psychology

Established on the campus of Carolina Central University in 1960, Psi Chi is devoted to advancing the science of psychology and encouraging students to maintain good scholarship.  Membership may be active, alumni or honorary.  All psychology majors and minors who have completed at least eight semester hours or six semester hours and registered for two additional hours in psychology are eligible to apply for membership.  Members must be academically in the upper third of all undergraduates enrolled in psychology, and in the upper half of undergraduate students in other subjects.  Graduate students must have a “B” or better overall average.

Sigma Delta Psi Honorary Physical Education and Athletic Fraternity, Delta Mu Chapter

Membership is open to all male students only, and who are not delinquent in scholarship and who are able to pass the motor skill test prescribed by the constitution.  The object of the society is to promote physical, mental, and moral development of the college student.

Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society

Established at NCCU in 1963, this society encourages the study of language and literature.  It also serves to give distinction for high achievement in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies in English.  Membership is open to students who have two college English courses beyond the required freshman English courses, a “B” average in English, a ranking in the top 35 percent of his or her class in general scholarship and a 3.0 average for at least three semesters of college course work.

Pan Hellenic Council Members (Greek-Letter Organizations)


  • Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Sigma Gamma Rho
  • Zeta Phi Beta


  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Omega Psi Phi
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Iota Phi Theta

For further information contact the Director of the Student Union at (919) 530-5436.

Athletics and the Athletic Program Philosophy


North Carolina Central University places the highest priority on a quality academic and athletic experience as part of the overall education of student-athletes. We affirm academic excellence as the cornerstone to the mission of the institution, as well as the physical, mental, and social well-being of all those admitted. In doing so, we seek to strengthen the integration of athletic program objectives.

NCCU recognizes the positive impact of athletic participation on individuals, the campus community, and community-at-large.  Consistent with these, the athletic program seeks to encourage attitudes of integrity, fairness, respect for others, and dedication to goals, equal access and zeal to present a national model program that culminates into strongly competitive performance in the classroom and on the athletic fields.

North Carolina Central University’s men’s teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and track and field and women’s teams in basketball, bowling, cross country, softball, tennis, volleyball and track and field.

In 1989, NCCU claimed the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship.  In 2014, after reclassifying to Division I, NCCU’s basketball team won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament championship and made its debut appearance in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The 2014-15 men’s basketball team became the first in school history to post an unbeaten regular-season conference record at 16-0.

In 2015, the Eagles football team clinched a MEAC co-championship.

Several former student-athletes and coaches are nationally and internationally known. Heading the charge of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games was Dr. Leroy T. Walker, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who lifted the Eagle track and field program to international prominence during his unprecedented tenure as head coach at NCCU. Under Walker’s reign, the Eagles produced 30 national titles, 77 All-Americans, and 8 Olympic medalists.

Legendary basketball coach John B. Glendon became a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame following a remarkable record of 239-68 (.779) as an Eagle head coach from 1940 to 1952. A student of the late Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, McLendon is credited with the development of the zone press, fast break, and four corners offense.

Boston Celtic great Sam Jones, a student-athlete under McLendon and a fellow Hall-of-Famer, became the first black player to be drafted in the first round after scoring a record 1,745 points during his stellar NCCU career.  Internationally-renowned artist, the late Ernie Barnes, best-known for his famous paintings seen on the 1970s sitcom, “Good Times,” played football for NCCU prior to a professional gridiron career with the Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers, and Denver Broncos.

Athletic facilities include the Leroy T. Walker Physical Education Complex, housing a multi-purpose gymnasium, Olympic-sized swimming and diving pool, athletic training facilities, strength and fitness center and more. O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium hosts NCCU football action for a capacity crowd of 10,000 dedicated Eagle fans. In November, McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium lights up with men’s and women’s basketball excitement.

The university’s Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Department also provides a wide range of indoor and outdoor athletic and recreational opportunities for students not involved at the intercollegiate level.