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Quick Facts

  • NCICU is comprised of 36 nonprofit, private liberal arts, research and comprehensive colleges and universities across North Carolina.
  • From traditional four-year coeducational institutions to women’s colleges to historically black colleges and universities, NCICU colleges and universities offer the full spectrum of the college experience. The oldest private two-year college in the nation also is part of the NCICU family.
  • North Carolina independent colleges and universities serve the needs of:
             - 69,000 undergraduate students
             - 20,000 graduate and professional students
             - 54,000 students total from North Carolina
  • More than 90% of the students on some campuses receive financial aid.
  • NCICU’s colleges and universities award nearly 1/3 of the bachelor’s degrees in the state, as well as 48% of the medical degrees, 62% of the law degrees, 37.5% of the physical therapy degrees, and 56% of the pharmacy degrees.
  • Independent colleges and universities in North Carolina provided more than $496 million in institutional aid in 2011-2012, which equates to 38% of the total financial assistance received by students at North Carolina’s independent colleges and universities.
  • North Carolina students at independent colleges and universities receive more than $80 million in need-based financial aid from the state.
  • The independent colleges sector is one of the largest private employers in the state.
  • Almost 1,300 individuals lead North Carolina’s independent colleges and universities through service on individual Boards of Trustees.
  • Our student bodies are as diverse as our campuses. In 2011, approximately 60 percent of students were women, 38% were students of color and 42.7% of the undergraduate students attending our independent colleges and universities came from out of state.
  • More than 1/3 of all students at NCICU member institutions receive federal Pell Grants.
  • Each year, more than 2,000 students transfer from community colleges in North Carolina to an independent college or university.

 

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"My experience at Pfeiffer University was amazing. It is a small school and its size gave me the opportunity to mingle with a small but diverse student body and learn from them."

- Siddharth, Pfeiffer University

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