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North Carolina A&T State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree programs North Carolina A & T State University offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About North Carolina A & T State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT) was established in 1891 and gained university status in 1967. It became part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System in 1972. NCAT is a land-grant university and produces one of the largest numbers of minority agricultural graduates in the country.


Through its 9 colleges and schools, NCAT offers 8 doctoral programs, 30 master's degree programs and 177 undergraduate degree programs. There are also special programs for international, first-year and honors students, as well as online, weekend/evening, study abroad, ROTC and teacher certification programs. The university graduates the nation's largest amount of African American engineers at every degree level. U.S. News & World Report found that in 2012, the two most popular majors were business, management and marketing, and engineering. Psychology, communication and journalism, and liberal arts and sciences were other majors pursued by most students.


Approximately 10,000 students attend NCAT, according to 2012 data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). In fall 2011, almost 7,000 students applied for admission, and 66% were admitted. The school's admissions applications are divided by undergraduate, graduate, international and transfer students. For first-time undergraduates, ACT or SAT scores and transcripts are required, along with a $45 nonrefundable application fee. For fall admission, all application materials must be submitted by February 15. To be considered for on-campus housing, applicants must complete an online housing application, which requires a $150 fee.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Per the NCES, to attend NCAT, first-time, in-state undergraduate students needed to pay $5,059 in tuition and fees in 2012-2013, while out-of-state students paid $15,657. Other estimated fees in the same school year were $1,151 in books and supplies, $6,084 in room and board and $2,994 in other housing fees. The total cost of attendance for North Carolina students living on campus was $15,288, and the total for on-campus, out-of-state students was $25,886. From 2011-2012, financial aid was received by 96% of first-time undergraduates, as reported by the NCES. The most common type of aid received was federal student loans.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorates, certificate programs*
Religious Affiliation None
Academic Calendar Semester****
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 8,923 undergraduates and 1,713 graduates in 2012*
Student Housing There are 12 residence halls, but 4 are specific to first-year students**
Schools and Programs 9 schools and colleges; more than 200 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (103)
Master's: Teacher Education and Professional Development (57)
Doctorate: Environmental Science and Electrical and Electronics Engineering (tie) (8 each)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 16% in four years
43% in six years*
Admission Rate 66% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 1,850 in 2012***
First-Year Retention Rates 74% for full-time students and 50% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students (2012) SAT: 390-480 (critical reading), 410-500 (math), 370-460 (writing); ACT composite: 17-21*
Application Due Date Applications are due February 15**
Decision Notification Date 4-6 weeks after submission of application**
Tuition and fees (2012-2013) $5,059 (in-state) and $15,657 (out-of-state)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2011-2012:
Federal grants (70%), state and local grants/scholarships (60%), institutional grants/scholarships (45%), federal loans (84%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 96% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **North Carolina A&T State University, ***IPEDS Data Center, ****U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, North Carolina A&T State University, Webb Hall, 1601 East Market St., Greensboro, NC 27411
  • Phone: (336) 334-7946
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