Exploring Durham

North Carolina Central University
Mar. 02, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

Originally named the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua for the Colored Race, NCCU was founded by James E. Shepard, a pharmacist and religious educator. The institution was chartered in 1909 and opened its doors to students in 1910, finally becoming North Carolina Central University in 1969.

NCCU is growing rapidly and is regularly counted among the best deals in public universities for its excellent law degree and MBA programs, as well as its training programs in bio sciences and nursing.

The university is also becoming a cultural arts hub bringing in high profile performers and dance troupes.  It hosts a speaker series that welcomes business and thought leaders from some of the biggest companies in the United States, such as eBay and Marriott International.

More than 8,000 students are enrolled at NCCU, and like most busy college campuses, parking can be a challenge. Check the university website for information on the best places to find a space.

Insider Tip: Tickets to NCCU Athletics are plentiful and affordable, and the teams are fun to watch. Also, group tours are given weekdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sign up at http://www.nccu.edu/tours/  

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.