About N.C. A&T
Excellence, Collaboration and Global Reach:
How North Carolina A&T State University Can Help You Change the World.
From our roots as an 1890 land-grant university, we have expanded and adapted to become a school fit for the 21st century and beyond.
N.C. A&T still has award-winning faculty, intensive research programs and community-focused initiatives — but now our campus is more diverse, our curriculum includes nanoengineering and our idea of public service encompasses not only Greensboro, but the world.
We believe in the power of our students to solve problems, both local and global, through technology, business, engineering, the arts and other endeavors. We believe that through exemplary instruction and interdisciplinary studies, through scholarly and creative research, and through courage and community service, N.C. A&T prepares students to enhance the quality of life for themselves, the citizens of North Carolina, the nation, and the world.
Become an Aggie
To put it simply, North Carolina A&T will change your life! Bring your talent, intelligence and hard work and we’ll provide the resources to take your career, your community and your character to the next level.
N.C. A&T graduates more African-American engineers and accountants than any of the historically black colleges and universities in America. The majority of our engineering students have a job before they graduate. And all of our students, regardless of their major, are members of a supportive intellectual and social community that builds a solid foundation for success.
Aggie pride is knowing that your university has produced men and women who have run for president, flown in the space shuttle and occupied positions of influence in corporations, hospitals, government agencies, schools and non-profit organizations across the state, the country and the world. It is pride in our history — the A&T Four launching the civil rights movement — and pride in our present and future achievements, like the opening of the brand-new Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
Aggie spirit is what binds us as a community. It’s a stadium roaring with blue and gold. It’s the precision funk of the relentless Blue and Gold Marching Machine. It’s the colors and traditions of our fraternities and sororities and the historic beauty and diversity of our campus.
An Aggie education has the power to change the world. Apply to A&T and you will gain access to the hands-on skills, the core knowledge and the global perspective to make a real and permanent difference in your workplace, your community and your world. Discover a new drug therapy for malaria. Write a Pulitzer prize-winning article on human rights abuses in Iran. Engineer a game-changing solar car. These are the kinds of contributions that we expect from A&T graduates. How will you make a difference in the world?
Our campus is spread over 188 beautiful acres, just nine blocks from downtown Greensboro and in the heart of the Piedmont Triad—home to an eclectic mix of industries, entertainment, and other universities, and right between North Carolina's majestic mountains and coastal beaches.
Recreation & Clubs Learn about life on campus , see all the student organizations and clubs you can join (including our fraternities and sororities), discover all the sports and fitness opportunities that await you, and explore student hubs like the Student Center and Campus Recreation Center.
Housing & Dining Download a guide for living on campus in one of our residence halls (featuring amenities like web/mobile-enabled laundry, wi-fi access, and computer labs), check out all of NC A&T's eating options, apply to be a resident assistant, or learn about our living & learning communities.
Community & Resources What does “campus community” mean at NC A&T? Find out at our Multicultural Student Center, or by participating in student government, or by talking to the Office of Student Development. You also have access to student resources like Upward Bound, health services, and counseling.
N.C. A&T is Top HBCU in North Carolina; No. 2 Public in the Nation
Greensboro, N.C. (Sept. 12, 2017) - In the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Historically Black Colleges ranking, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is ranked the top historically black college or university (HBCU) in North Carolina and the No. 2 public HBCU in the nation.
This is the sixth consecutive year that N.C. A&T has earned the top spot in North Carolina. A&T is also ranked No. 8 out of 74 HBCUs listed – up two positions from last year’s ranking.
To be considered, a school must be designated as an HBCU by the U.S. Department of Education. It must also be a baccalaureate-granting institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students.
U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and universities across seven categories – retention, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
This ranking comes on the heels of the enrollment of the university’s largest student body of 11,877 students and a record year for sponsored research, in which A&T faculty earned $62.5 million in contracts and grants over the 2016-17 fiscal year.
N.C. A&T Ranked Best Value HBCU
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 12, 2017) – In its latest ranking, Best Value Schools ranked North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University at the top of its 10 Best Value Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) 2018 list.
For this ranking, Best Value Schools weighs the cost of attending the university versus value to determine the best value, or as the site describes it, “the value of the degree is what you gain by earning the degree.”
To compile the ranking, editors began with a pool of 72 HBCUs identified from College Navigator, then used the cost information and 20-year return on investment information (ROI) from PayScale. Points were awarded based on affordability and ROI. Data from the U.S. News and World Report Top HBCU rankings were also utilized and points were awarded to compile the overall scores.
A maximum of 12 points were possible from those three categories. N.C. A&T received 11 of 12 total points.
N.C. A&T Enrolls Largest Student Body Ever With Growth at All Levels
EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2017) -- Enrollment at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University surged to 11,877 in the fall term that just began, expanding the student body to its largest size ever and adding significantly to a growth trend that began in 2013, school officials announced Wednesday.
The growth rate this fall of 6.3 percent means that over the past five years, N.C. A&T has added more than 1,300 students in direct response to A&T Preeminence 2020, the institution’s strategic plan, which A&T began implementing in 2011. That document calls for the Land Grant university to expand to an overall enrollment of 13,500 over the next three years.
This fall alone adds 700 students to A&T’s overall headcount – one of the single biggest increases in A&T history – and almost certainly cements the university’s status as America’s largest historically black college or university, a status it has held since 2014.
“The growth we’re experiencing this fall illustrates how much students, parents and families want to be part of the North Carolina A&T experience,” said Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. “We deliver an education that not only prepares our students for rewarding careers in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, we deeply value each and every individual who entrusts us with that responsibility. Our students know that their success matters here.”
The university’s growth was driven in large part by 2,309 new freshmen, the largest first-year class in N.C. A&T history, as well as its most academically accomplished, with an average GPA of 3.51, average SAT score of 1,023 and average ACT of 20.
And that’s not all. The university also enrolled 822 new transfer students, up from 730 last year, and 1,536 students at the masters and doctoral levels, up from 1,509 last year. Rated a doctoral university with higher research activity by the Carnegie Foundation, A&T offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide breadth of disciplines, with nationally recognized strengths in STEM education.
A&T’s enrollment growth comes not only in the university’s traditional student base, but in all other racial and ethnic demographics. While 78 percent of this fall’s student body is African American, the remaining 22 percent represent other races and ethnicities. About 7 percent of this year’s student body is white, a little more than 4 percent is Hispanic and over 3 percent are international students from a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds.
University leaders say prospective students are increasingly drawn by educational opportunities at A&T in programs such as Engineering, Nursing and Biology, as well as by the return on investment for an A&T education. Earlier this year, for instance, the compensation analysis firm PayScale released data showing that A&T graduates earn more right out of school than those of all but one other North Carolina public university.
A&T’s relentless drive toward fulfillment of Preeminence 2020 is resulting in some of the plan’s goals already being realized, three years ahead of schedule. For instance, the strategic plan set an undergraduate enrollment goal of 10,000 by 2020, which the university has now surpassed, with 10,341 undergrads enrolled this fall.
Another goal calls for A&T to award 500 degrees annually across science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Last year, the university awarded more than 660.
The university is not only growing by attracting new students, but by retaining those already enrolled. The percentage of first-year students who continued this fall from the 2016 cohort, for instance, increased by 3.5 percent over the cohort for the prior year.
To accommodate the university’s planned expansion, A&T is adding to its campus facilities. Under construction since 2014, the 150,000-square foot Student Center will open in the spring, providing a new home for student services, organizations, meeting rooms and amenities in a complex that will be the campus’s largest building.
Later this fall, demolition will begin to make way for the $90-million Engineering Research and Innovation Complex (ERIC), a facility made possible by the Connect NC bond referendum that voters passed in 2016. ERIC will be the primary home for the A&T College of Engineering, which already produces more African American engineers than any university in the nation.
Other facilities are due to be built or renovated in coming years, including additional student housing. Likewise, the university is planning additional degree programs that will further diversify its academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“This is truly an exciting time to be an Aggie,” Martin said. “We are witnessing the benefits of the hard work invested by our faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as the guidance of our Board of Trustees and the investment of our private supporters. And there’s much more work to be done.”