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All undergraduate students applying for admission to North Carolina Central University must complete an online application form. Admissions decisions will be rendered based on the priority deadline in which you applied. Applications will not be reviewed or evaluated until they become complete (the application and all credentials have been received).

  • 1st Priority Deadline - October 15
  • 2nd Priority Deadline - November 15
  • 3rd Priority Deadline - January 15

Applications received after the last priority deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.


Official admission decisions are only communicated via US Mail or through the primary email account used during your application process. No admission decision will be given over the phone. You can also check your admissions status online by clicking here.

* NO paper applications will be accepted. To begin your on-line application click here.

Admissions Requirements

The requirements for admission to NCCU include the following academic performance and course selection:

  • Evidence of graduation from an approved or accredited high school, a GED certificate or adult high school diploma.
  • Standardized test scores: a satisfactory score on the SAT or ACT exam if the applicant is applying for admission directly out of high school.
  • Leadership and service opportunities: evidence of participation in scholastic, community and civic organizations including leadership participation.

NCCU has the same minimum course requirements as all UNC System institutions. High school graduates are eligible for consideration if they successfully complete the following in grades 9-12:

  • In English, four (4) course units emphasizing grammar, composition and literature;
  • In mathematics, four (4) course units including algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and a fourth math higher than algebra II; or algebra I, algebra II and two (2) course units higher than algebra II (Advanced Functions and Modeling, Discrete Mathematics, Pre-Calculus, Integrated Mathematics IV, AP Statistics, Essential  for College Math, AP Calculus A/B, AP Calculus B/C);
  • In science, three (3) course units, including at least one lab science;
  • In foreign language, two (2) course units;
  • In social studies, two (2) course units, including at least one in U.S. history

Please Note:

  • Students who graduated from high school prior to 1990 should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office to determine specific high school course requirements for admission.
  • All undergraduate applicants may be required to take various tests as a part of their orientation and the follow-up procedures of the university.
  • Students graduating from high school in 2006 and after must have one additional math course from the following: pre-calculus, statistics, calculus, integrated math level III, integrated math IV, discrete math, advanced models and functions, or any upper level International Baccalaureate math courses. Any Advanced Placement math courses and dual-enrollment math courses used toward graduation credit will count as well.
NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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