Capture Higher Ed is proud to introduce one of our newest partners, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Located in North Carolina’s Robeson County, UNC Pembroke has an enrollment of 7,137 students and offers 41 undergraduate degree programs and 17 graduate programs. With more than 120,000 residents, Robeson County is one of the most diverse counties in the nation and has been the political and cultural center of North Carolina’s largest American Indian tribe, the Lumbees, since the 1700s. U.S. News & World Report rates UNCP as one of the most diverse campuses in the country.
UNC Pembroke was founded in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School to educate American Indian teachers. In fact, the school is the nation’s only four-year public university founded by American Indians for American Indians.
A clapboard, two-story building was constructed by local Indians at a site about one mile west of the present location, and the school opened with 15 students and one teacher in the spring of 1888. For many years, the instruction was at the elementary and secondary level, and the first diploma was awarded in 1905.
The school was moved to its present location in Pembroke, the center of the Indian community, in 1909. The North Carolina General Assembly changed the name of the institution in 1911 to the Indian Normal School of Robeson County, and again in 1913 to the Cherokee Indian Normal School of Robeson County. In 1926, the school’s Board of Trustees added a two-year normal (teacher training) program beyond high school and phased out elementary instruction. The first ten diplomas were awarded in 1928, when the state accredited the school as a “standard normal school.”
The curriculum at the school continued to advance throughout the 1930s, with the first four-year degrees being conferred in 1940. In recognition of its new status, the state General Assembly changed the name of the school in 1941 to Pembroke State College for Indians. Between 1939 and 1953, it was the only state-supported four-year college for Indians in the nation.
In 1954, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s school deregulation decision, the college became open to all qualified applicants without regard to race. During the next eight years, Pembroke saw more than 500 percent growth and, by 1969, was designated as a regional university and thus renamed Pembroke State University. Three years later it became part of the newly established 16-campus University of North Carolina, but its name wasn’t changed to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke until 1996.
Today, UNCP is a thriving institution and a gem in the UNC system. The university’s safe, picturesque campus is home to an active, energetic student community with more than 90 clubs and organizations and 13 NCAA-Division II men’s and women’s varsity sports programs. The Braves compete in the Mountain East and the Peach Belt conferences.
We are proud to welcome the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to the Capture family of partners.