A student experience in North Carolina is filled with far more than just scenic beauty, a lovely climate, fantastic faculty members, rich culture, and true inclusion and diversity. An accessible education exists here too thanks to the NC Promise Tuition Plan — the State of North Carolina’s initiative to increase access to a quality university education by reducing costs.
Four UNC System campuses are offering an in-state tuition fee of US$500 and an out-of-state tuition fee of US$2,500 for each fall and spring semester (saving in-state students at least US$10,000 over the course of four years and out-of-state students up to $40,000) — one of which is The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNC Pembroke).
Who wouldn’t want to study at one of the nation’s most dynamic master’s-level universities with financial aid generous enough to pass off as a scholarship? Where students feel they belong? UNC Pembroke is one of the most diverse regional universities in the South — minority enrolment at UNC Pembroke is 60% with 12% of students identifying as American Indian and the campus community reflects diverse ethnicities, backgrounds, perspectives and experiences. The best part is that international students are warmly welcomed to reap the reward as well.
In fact, there are no eligibility requirements to take advantage of NC Promise. All undergraduate students, including full-time and part-time freshmen, returning students, transfer students, and students enrolled in online programmes, measure up. The attractive out-of-state tuition rate applies to undergraduate international students.
“At US$500 for in-state tuition and US$2,500 for out-of-state students, including international students, the NC Promise Tuition Plan at UNC Pembroke makes a high-quality education at an incredible value more accessible to undergraduate students,” says UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings. “Students from across the globe are able to complete their undergraduate degree at UNC Pembroke without accumulating a great deal of student loan debt — offering the option to pursue a graduate degree to further their studies or offering more flexibility upon starting their careers.”
Accessibility aside, UNC Pembroke offers many opportunities. Its reputation as one of the most diverse campuses in the nation is fueled by a growing number of aspirations — each of which is catered to effortlessly, thanks to an expansive lineup of academic offerings. There are 41 undergraduate and 17 graduate programmes in total, not to mention countless internship opportunities.
In the Thomas School of Business at UNC Pembroke, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, students learn what it takes to not only survive but thrive in the ever-evolving world of business. Thirty-five full-time faculty members with diverse educational and professional backgrounds see to their progression in intimate classrooms.
Programmes span Business Administration, Accounting, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Financial Services, Healthcare Administration, Business Analytics, Forensic Accounting, Marketing, Economics and Entrepreneurship.
Construction was recently completed for the School of Business’s new building. The 62,000 square foot, two-story facility contains multiple classrooms, seminar rooms, an auditorium, a cafe, media rooms and a high technology stock trading room. It was designed with purpose after UNC Pembroke’s chancellor and dean traversed other business schools to study their foundations.
Nursing students enjoy boundless resources as well. First opened in 2012, the 87,000 square foot Weinstein Health Sciences Building, UNC Pembroke’s first LEED-Silver certified building, houses the McKenzie-Elliott School of Nursing. The division’s efforts are reserved for the tripartite roles of teaching, research and community service that contribute to the cultural, intellectual and social development of professional nurses in North Carolina and the nation.
Hence, students are provided ample opportunities to evolve into leaders in the professional nursing practice within one of two routes: the baccalaureate degree programme in nursing or the master’s degree programme in nursing. Both are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
This means as students develop expertise in clinical prevention and population health, interprofessional practice and service learning, they are achieving the nursing competencies required by the national accrediting body as well.
STEM is just as relevant here. The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has worked toward making future-focused qualifications accessible since 1938. Today, it offers undergraduate programmes in general Information Technology, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, classic Mathematics and Mathematics Education.
That’s not all. UNC Pembroke’s vibrant campus proudly hosts a College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, College of Health Sciences, Maynor Honors College, and Graduate School — each of which houses its own unique lineup of departments and programmes.
Regardless of route, every student arrives at the southeastern North Carolina town of Pembroke to advance their knowledge and leaves empowered to build fulfilling lives of triumph — free of financial woes, every step of the way.
Jorden Revels has a success story to confirm it. “I decided to pursue a four-year degree at UNC Pembroke because I wanted more, not only for myself, but for the community I came from,” says the Psychology and American Indian Studies graduate. “It is not enough for me to just educate myself and change my life; I want to be sure that I get the education I need to change the lives of those around me.”
Today, Revels is a Grassroots Organising Fellow for Friends of the Earth, the most extensive environmental network in the world. His role revolves around bettering communities across North Carolina through not just grassroots organising, but building the capacity of new community leaders, strategising campaigns and researching political and social trends as well.