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Initially created during the post-Civil War South as the Croatan Normal School in 1887, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke has grown into a premier public co-educational liberal arts institution within the 17-member UNC system. For over two decades, UNCP served as the only senior state-supported college for American Indians in the United States. UNC Pembroke enrolls around 5,600 undergraduates and 800 post-graduates annually. The University of North Carolina-Pembroke is located on a 208-acre rural campus in Pembroke, the tribal seat for the Lumbee Indian Tribe of southeastern North Carolina. With a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, UNCP uses the slogan of "Where learning gets personal."

According to the U.S. News, UNC Pembroke is ranked the 93rd best regional college, 47th top public school, and 63rd best university for veterans in the South. In particular, UNCP has America's 212nd best online bachelor's degrees and 53rd best online graduate education programs. Consistently, the University of North Carolina-Pembroke is included within Princeton Review's list for "Best in the Southeast" schools. Military Advanced Education & Transition gave UNC Pembroke the top school designation for veteran services. UNCP was also crowned the 7th "Best Bang for the Buck" in the Southeast by Washington Monthly magazine.

University of North Carolina-Pembroke Accreditation Details

The University of North Carolina-Pembroke is institutionally approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This regional accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV funding. Academic programs at UNCP have also received six discipline-specific accreditations. Education degrees are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Social work programs meet the standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Art degrees are given approval through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) as well as National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

University of North Carolina-Pembroke Application Requirements

Even though UNC Pembroke has a less selective acceptance rate of 73 percent, there are still rigorous admissions criteria to exceed. First-year freshmen must be completing a college prep track in high school leading to a state-approved diploma. Passing the General Education Development (GED) exam is also acceptable. Applicants must have at least four years of English, three years of mathematics, three years of science, two years of social studies, and two years of foreign language. On average, admitted students have a unweighted GPA of 3.16. Any students graduating after December 2005 must submit SAT or ACT scores with the writing component.

Undergraduate transfers should have completed 12 or more qualifying credits of general education at another regionally accredited institution. Incoming transfer students must hold a minimum collegiate GPA of 2.0. Being in good standing and eligible to return to the last school attended is mandatory. For graduate students, UNCP requires already possessing a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent. All master's programs require an minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or major GPA of 3.0. Those with an undergrad average below 3.0 must submit GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores.

Prior to the final July 31st deadline, interested students applying to the University of North Carolina-Pembroke must submit the following:

• Completed online application form
• Official high school and/or college transcripts
• Standardized testing score reports
• Three letters of recommendation
• Proof of English language proficiency
• Valid RN or teaching certificates (if applicable)
• $45 non-refundable application fee

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduates from North Carolina can expect paying $3,371 each year. Non-resident undergrad students must afford $13,819 every year full-time. An additional $2,193 in academic fees is added. Room and board is estimated to cost $8,292 annually. Total cost of attendance for undergraduates at UNCP is $15,553 (in-state) or $26,031 (out-of-state). Full-time graduate students living in North Carolina will pay $3,309 for tuition and fees each semester. Non-resident graduates are billed $7,973 per full-time semester. Part-time graduates can pay $413 (in-state) or $1,579 (out-of-state) for each credit.

Around 92 percent of new full-time students at UNC Pembroke are given financial aid. $5.2 million in institutional aid is granted annually. After filing the FAFSA, students can borrow Federal Perkins, Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, and Grad PLUS loans. There's a UNCP Alternative loan too. Certain students could be eligible for the Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state students should apply for the North Carolina Education Lottery Grant or UNC Grant. Federal Work-Study (FWS) can provide up to $2,000 each year. Veterans qualify for tuition benefits through the Montgomery GI Bill. Scholarships are also abundant, including the Compass Scholarship, University Incentive Scholarship, University Scholarship for Native Americans, and Academic Merit Scholarship.

Degrees Available at UNC Pembroke

The University of North Carolina-Pembroke is split into four divisions: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Graduate Studies. UNCP students can select from 41 bachelor's and 18 master's programs. More than 62 percent of the tightly knit community identifies as racial/ethnic minority. Students in the Esther G. Maynor Honors College are given a laptop to support their academic pursuits. For example, two available degrees are:

B.A. in American Indian Studies

The B.A. in American Indian Studies (AIS) program at UNC Pembroke uses the university's unique heritage to educate undergraduate students about the rich history and culture of Native American peoples. Three emphasis areas are offered in Peoples and Histories, Social and Cultural Issues, or Stories and Literatures. Within the 120-credit curriculum, students will take courses in archaeology, federal policy, poetry, history, religion, social work, cultural anthropology, and Indian art. Since 2012, tremendous opportunities have been given to students through the Southeast American Indian Studies Program (SAIS).

M.A.Ed. in Elementary Education

As one of UNCP's most popular programs, the M.A.Ed. in Elementary Education is offered either on-campus in Pembroke or online for currently certified teachers. Experienced educators are given greater depth of pedagogical knowledge to improve student learning, strengthen teaching styles, and enhance K-6 learning environments. The NCATE-accredited program consists of 36 semester hours, including applied educational research. M.A.Ed. students benefit from creating ePortfolios using TaskStream to aid in the teaching job hunt.

Other unique degrees offered at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke include the B.S. in Geo-Environmental Studies, B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, B.S. in Military Science, M.A. in Art Education, M.S.A. in School Administration, and M.A.Ed. in Professional School Counseling.