Jul 14, 2024  
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2023-2024 Catalog 
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Services and Facilities

Summer School

Through the Division of Academic Affairs, the University offers a Maymester, two five‑week terms, and two three‑week intrasessions. Special workshops and institutes enrich the regular summer program, and visiting specialists augment the regular faculty, when the need arises.

Through many curricular and extracurricular activities, the summer session provides opportunities for teachers and others who are free for summer study. Many courses and workshops are open to individuals not seeking a degree but interested in gaining personal or professional knowledge.

A student entering The University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the first time as a beginning first-year student, a transfer student, or a student who is returning to the University after an absence of one semester or more must meet all requirements for admission.

Transient students–those who are regularly enrolled at another institution of higher education and who wish to take courses at UNC Pembroke during the Summer Session for transfer to their home institution–must submit a form available on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage. This form must show that they are in good standing at their home institution and have their Dean’s or Registrar’s permission to enroll at UNCP. Admission to the Summer Session does not constitute admission to the University.

Inservice teachers wishing to attend the Summer Session for license renewal or other purposes must apply. The application form and Summer Session Catalog may be obtained from the Office of the Provost.

Office of Online Learning (OOL)

The Office of Online Learning (OOL) provides instructional design support for faculty and staff to help faculty develop degree programs and courses. Online programs currently being offered are the B.A. in American Indian Studies, B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration, B.S. in Birth to Kindergarten Education (B-K), B.S. in Nursing (RN-BSN track), B.A. in Criminal Justice, B.A. in Sociology, and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.). Also, the B-K Residency License, the Academically & Intellectually Gifted (AIG), and the Preschool Add-On licensure programs are available in an online format. At the graduate level, online programs include the Accelerated Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), the Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education (M.A.Ed.), the Master of Arts in Science Education, the Master of Arts in Reading Education, and the Master of Arts in Teaching with Specializations in Elementary Education, Middle Grades Mathematics, Middle Grades Science, Mathematics Education (9-12), Art, and Special Education (M.A.T.). A Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling (GCAC), Play Therapy, Advanced School Counseling for Postsecondary Success, and Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education are also available in an online format. Several stand-alone courses in a wide variety of disciplines are also delivered fully or partially online to fulfill varying student needs. Specific information about online courses and programs may be obtained at uncp.edu/online. 

Online Program Development: The OOL, working with various student support services, assures that online students are seamlessly linked to critical learning resources and services, and professional development opportunities. The OOL offers a complete service model for online program development through partnerships with other offices on campus such as Enrollment, Communications and Marketing, the Student Success Center, Planning and Accreditation, and others. In addition, the OOL Learning oversees and secures state authorization compliance for applicants residing outside of the state of North Carolina seeking admission into an online program or individual course. UNC Pembroke was approved by North Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

Faculty Support: The OOL provides training and professional development opportunities for faculty who teach online or with technology. Additionally, one-on-one support is also provided for instructors who develop courses for online or hybrid delivery. Starting in the Summer 2020, faculty members can enroll in the Certificate in Online Teaching Excellence, which is a six-week community of practice that explores the strategies and research to teach online and to develop online courses. Other programs for faculty support include communities of practice, instructional technology mini-grants, and weekly webinars.

Technology-enhanced Learning: Starting in the Fall 2021, the OOL will provide technology-enhanced services for faculty teaching in any modality (face-to-face, hybrid, online). Through training, consultations, and grants, faculty members can learn how to integrate technology in their classroom to make learning more effective and engaging.

Content Development: The OOL assists faculty members in the creation of instructional materials and interactive content for their courses in any modality.

ePortfolios: Starting in the Fall 2021, the OOL will implement an ePortfolio program for faculty and students. In partnership with several departments on campus, the ePortfolio program will allow students to connect curricular and co-curricular learning to career readiness. As part of this program, training for faculty and students will be offered, as well as consultations.

Quality Assurance in Online Courses: The OOL has set guidelines and procedures to ensure that online courses at UNCP comply with quality assurance, universal design, and accessibility standards. Faculty members can submit their courses for review and earn an Online Teaching Excellence digital badge and a stipend.

Online Student Support: The OOL, working in conjunction with various student support services, assures that online students are seamlessly linked to critical learning resources and services, as well as professional development opportunities.

Research Support: The OOL partners with academic departments and programs to engage in research activities related to online teaching and learning and securing extramural funding.

For further information about the services offered by the OOL, contact us at 910-521-6367 or online@uncp.edu. You can also visit our website at uncp.edu/online.

Mary Livermore Library

The vision of the Livermore Library is “Enhancing Education Through Research.” Serving the students, faculty and greater Pembroke community, the Livermore Library is building the university library of the future. The foundation of library services is the Integrated Library System of Ex Libris connecting worldwide communities of university libraries. Using Alma as the backbone, we also provide Primo, a one-stop meta-search tool for simultaneously searching the library holdings and all our information database providers where library patrons can access a wealth of information. Leganto is our powerful tool which connects the library system to the classroom and the university’s learning management system, Canvas.


The Livermore Library maintains a collection of is home for about 765,000 print volumes and 140,000 items in the streaming and physical media collection. The special collections and archives provide primary documents on the history of the university, the region, and the Lumbee Tribe. We are also home to the collected papers of longtime Congressman Charlie Rose. The library subscribes to many databases which provide users access to full-text journals, papers from scholarly societies, national and regional newspapers, and other sources. As part of the UNC System, students have borrowing privileges at the other constituent university libraries. Materials from other libraries outside the UNC System may also be requested through Inter-Library Loan.


The first floor provides users with the main reading room along with collaborative spaces for group projects, seating, portable markerboards and the ease for refreshments and meals at Café 641. The second floor offers a newly updated student computer lab, numerous study rooms, collaborative groups space and individual study carrels for focused studying. The dedicated desks for Patron Services and Research Services provide professional librarians and staff to immediately assist with research questions. Librarians teach our undergraduate and graduate program research courses, as well as provide specialized instruction for individual courses as requested by faculty.


Students can access all the resources of the library 24 hours a day, and students can chat with our librarians during regular library hours (see the library webpage for current hours). Students can call Patron Services at 910.521.6516 or Research Services at 910.521.6656.


Students with questions can also receive an answer within 24 hours by emailing at refdesk@uncp.edu.


Library Services: Upon request, the Livermore Library will mail books to home addresses if students are not enrolled in on-campus courses. Library staff will also scan reference book chapters, print journal articles, government documents, etc., and email these materials directly to students. To access electronic resources from off campus and to request materials using BraveCat, the Library’s online catalog, students must have a library account and a PIN (Personal Identification Number). These library accounts are created automatically, but, if assistance is needed, students can contact the Circulation staff at 910.521.6516 or circ@uncp.edu.

Division of Information Technology (DoIT)

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) builds and maintains the computing infrastructure and services that UNCP’s students, faculty, and staff rely on to do their work.

BraveWifi, eduroam, and UNCP-Guest wireless access provide Braves and campus visitors with access to Internet resources. To register for BraveWifi or eduroam, connect to that network and enter your username and password. Campus visitors, including parents, have access to the UNCP-Guest wireless network.

Assistance with technology-related issues is available through the DoIT Help Desk in the Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine Administrative Building, room 160, or 910.521.6260. Support hours vary with holidays and semester breaks. For up-to-date information, go to www.uncp.edu/doit/helpdesk. Questions and concerns may also be addressed to DoIT via our online ITSM Self Service portal or via email to helpdesk@uncp.edu. Use ITSM Self Service to submit a request for assistance. The Self Service login page is available by clicking the “ITSM Self Service - ServiceNow” link in the Quicklinks menu on the UNCP homepage.

Student Computing Resources

DoIT provides each student access to a number of technology services including BraveWeb, Canvas, the campus network, and network file storage. All students receive a BraveMail email account in Office365. All students, faculty, and staff also have full access to the collaborative tools offered through Office 365, Google Suite for Higher Education, and Webex. Access to all services is enabled through an individual network account created for each student when enrolled. Go to www.uncp.edu/doit for information about all of these resources.

Computer labs are available throughout the campus. The labs located in academic buildings are available to all students when not otherwise occupied by a class. The computer lab on the second floor of the Mary Livermore Library is available during the Library’s operating hours. The computer lab on the first floor of the James B. Chavis University Center is open to all students, and the schedule is posted in the University Center.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center, located in the D.F. Lowry Building, room 308, assists UNCP students at any stage in the writing process, from conception and organization to revision and publication. The Writing Center staff works with students in face-to-face or online tutoring sessions on any composition-based assignment, helping students focus, select, organize, and develop ideas in early drafts of writing and then helping them review, improve, and strengthen later drafts before submission. Writing Center users have access to networked computers and a printer as well as an extensive collection of writing reference materials.

The University Writing Center staff includes a full-time director along with a group of upper level and graduate students from across the disciplines who have extensive training in the writing process, tutoring, and their Writing Center responsibilities. 

The University Writing Center opened at UNCP in May 1994 as a Title III-funded student support program and was granted permanent institutional support by the Office of the Provost and the Department of English and Theatre in August 1998.

University College

The University College, located in the D.F. Lowry Building, is designed to provide a support system for students through numerous programs and activities including but not limited to academic advising, academic coaching, peer mentoring, and tutoring. The University College contributes to UNCP’s commitment to changing lives through education by leading campus initiatives to assist all students in transitioning, progressing, and persisting to graduation. Professional staff and faculty in the University College are committed to working collaboratively with campus stakeholders to provide a student-centered experience that increases retention and graduation rates.

The University College serves as the academic home for first-year students, second-year students on academic probation, students transitioning between majors, and/or students undeclared with their major.  The University College consists of several units: the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program, the Braves Come Back program, the Center for Student Success, Transfer Student Services (which houses the Transfer & Commuter Center), and the Writing Center.  The Center for Student Success consists of Academic Advising, Academic Engagement, the Brave Start Program, First Year Experience, and TRiO Programs.  Additionally, the University College houses University Studies.

Office of Global Engagement

In today’s global economy, the need for college graduates equipped with the skills to succeed in an international and multi-cultural capacity, and for faculty prepared to teach them, has never been greater. Citizens need to understand the current world, the challenges that it presents, and the benefits to be gained from informed participation with an international scope. Businesses, likewise, must be prepared to compete within a modern and contemporary marketplace.

The Office of Global Engagement advises the university and other interested parties on international matters, directs and carries out the university’s international education activities, and serves as its main representation abroad. Consistent with its mandate to broaden the global scope of the university community and to serve as a dynamic resource for the local community and beyond, the office serves as a UNCP representative on the world stage. It recruits and supports high-quality international degree-seeking and exchange students from all over the world. Global Engagement offers, creates, and manages Study Abroad opportunities for UNCP students and offers students and parents alike outstanding support from pre-departure onwards. It also serves as an internationalization support office for UNCP faculty and for inbound and resident foreign scholars, and it works with industry and community leaders to promote international understanding and skill sets. The Office of Global Engagement also directs the English Language Institute, which is described in more detail in the section below.

Working with the University Counsel, Global Engagement is responsible for seeking and managing international contracts with many of high-profile institutions throughout the world and offers (in concert with various other UNCP offices and academic departments) cooperative degree and non-degree programs with partner institutions abroad. 

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers innovative programs in English as a Second Language (ESL) to UNCP’s growing population of international students. Overseen by the Office of Global Engagement, ELI offers high-quality English instruction to non-native speakers. ELI’s ESL instruction prepares international students to succeed, both academically and culturally, within the UNCP community, whether in the classroom or off-campus in social or professional settings. In addition to the achievement of linguistic competency, the program also aims at making international students more comfortable with, and better-informed of, life in the United States. A significant amount of content and opportunity is used through current and cultural events and by means of local and regional excursions.

TRIO Programs

TRIO Programs at UNCP, located in Jacobs Hall, Suites A and B, are designed to help meet the academic, cultural, and financial needs of participants in order that they may achieve a high success rate while in school.

Student Support Services is funded to serve two hundred undergraduate students at UNCP. The program offers the following services:

  • economic and financial literacy counseling
  • tutoring on a one‑to‑one or a small group basis in all majors offered at the University
  • study skills assistance in developing techniques of note‑taking and test‑taking
  • assistance with applying for financial aid and scholarships
  • guidance in academic, vocational, and personal/social concerns
  • opportunities to take part in cultural activities
  • access to reference and resource materials, including study guides for the following tests: Praxis, Praxis II, TEAS, GRE, MAT, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT.

Accessibility Resource Center

The Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) is designed to assist students covered under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students with disabilities may receive assistance by contacting ARC, located in the Oxendine Administration Building, Room 110. Regular operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Appointments during business hours are requested and can be made by emailing arc@uncp.edu or by calling (910) 521-6695. After-hours appointments may be made on an as-needed basis.

The Accessibility Resource Center will (1) provide guidelines for documenting disabilities; (2) discern eligibility for services; (3) determine reasonable accommodations; and (4) facilitate appropriate accommodations. Contact the Accessibility Resource Center for additional information.

North Carolina Health Careers Access Program at UNCP (NC-HCAP)

The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP) at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, located in Jacobs Hall, Suite F, is one of three centers of the North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP). This interinstitutional program of the University of North Carolina was established in 1971 to address the serious shortage of health professionals in North Carolina, especially among underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged population groups. Interested students should contact the NC-HCAP office at 910.521.6673, email hcap@uncp.edu or visit our webpage: www.uncp.edu/hcap

Mission: To increase the number of underrepresented minorities or economically/educationally disadvantaged persons being trained for and employed in the health professions.

Purpose: The purpose of NC-HCAP is to provide recruitment, counseling, and enrichment services and activities for all UNCP students who are interested in pursuing Allopathic/ Osteopathic medicine, Physician Assistant studies, Optometry, Dental Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Podiatry, Public Health, Physical Therapy, Allied Health fields of study, etc.

NC-HCAP at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke serves pre - health students at UNCP and offers the following services and activities:

  • provides information and advisement on multiple health careers and a broad range of health professions programs available in North Carolina and elsewhere; 
  • provides counseling for individuals seeking careers in the health professions for which training is available in the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina system, North Carolina community colleges, and other professional pre-health programs;
  • provides advisement, retention and enrichment services for students enrolled in pre-professional health programs;
  • provides professional study guides and review materials to assist students in preparing for health professions schools admissions tests (i.e., MCAT, DAT, PCAT, etc.);
  • provides assistance with various CAS applications (AM CAS, VM CAS, CASPA, AACO AS, etc.);
  • provides individual student mock interviews;
  • coordinates seminars, speaker series on admission procedures, entrance exams, curriculum requirements, and financial aid for health professions schools and graduate biomedical science programs;
  • hosts seminars and workshops on interviews, resume and personal statement writing.

  •  provides educational field trips to medical centers and health professions schools in North Carolina, and interaction with health professions schools’ faculties, administrators, and students and with practicing health professionals;

  • assists minority and disadvantaged students interested in health professions programs in identifying adequate financial aid resources;

  • sponsors a Health Careers Club at UNCP for enrolled health science majors and others interested in pursuing careers in the health professions.

  • sponsors a Pre-Dental, Pre-Physical Therapy, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine club in addition to the main Health Careers Club.

  • conducts Health Careers Information & Enrichment (HCIE) workshops for Health Careers Club.

Clinical Health Summer Program (CHSP)

NC-HCAP also sponsors a seven-week educational work/learning clinical health experience held each year during May through June. The 40-hour-a-week salaried positions consist of both clinical experiences in health care agencies and academic enrichment experiences for underrepresented minorities or economically/educationally disadvantaged health science majors interested in health-related careers. For additional program information, please visit our webpage: https://www.uncp.edu/academics/opportunities-programs/health-careers-access-program/summer-program

EMT at UNCP through Robeson CC

Each spring semester, with Robeson Community College, NC-HCAP offers an EMT course on campus. This course is only open to UNCP students who are members of NC-HCAP and interested in health professions. After successful completion of this course students may sit for the state and national exams. For more information, please contact the NC-HCAP office at 910.521.6673 or hcap@uncp.edu.


Museum of the Southeast American Indian

The Museum of the Southeast American Indian (formerly known as the Native American Resource Center) is a multi-faceted research institute and museum. The mission of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian is to educate and serve the public about the prehistory, history, culture, art, and contemporary issues of American Indians, with special emphasis on the Robeson County Native American community; to conduct scholarly research; to collect and preserve the material culture of Native America; to encourage American Indian artists and craftspersons; and to cooperate on a wide range of projects with other agencies concerned with American Indians.

Located on the first floor of Old Main, the Museum of the Southeast American Indian offers a rich collection of authentic American Indian artifacts, handicrafts, art, books, and audio and video recordings about Native Americans. An exciting variety of exhibits is on display, including prehistoric tools and weapons, 19th century Lumbee household and farm equipment, and contemporary Indian art. Indian cultures from various parts of the Americas are represented by characteristic artifacts. The Museum’s mission supports the mission of the University specifically by encouraging inclusion and appreciation of diverse cultures and by celebrating the heritage of the institution (founded as a school for American Indians). The Center’s mission also contributes to the University’s mission through service to and appreciation of our multi-ethnic regional society and by promoting active student learning and creative activity.


The Department of Mass Communication operates a TV and radio studio in Old Main and related facilities.  These programming operations support the curriculum in the broadcasting major by providing students with a hands-on, practical working environment to gain needed production experience.

WNCP-TV also supports both the university and the surrounding communities by providing programming to regional broadcast and cable outlets and the web.

The shows produced for WNCP-TV cover a wide range of topics including news, sports, public affairs, entertainment, and special programs such as live events around the campus.

WNCP-TV facilities include a three-camera studio, control room, newsroom, Macintosh Lab, and podcasting booth.

The Teaching & Learning Center

Established in 1996 and located in the Oxendine Administration Building, the Teaching & Learning Center seeks to promote teaching excellence by generating the ideas, activities, and enthusiasm that foster quality teaching and learning, a mission overseen and executed by the Task Force on Teaching Excellence, an advisory board composed of award-winning faculty. As a unit within the Office of the Provost, the TLC establishes and maintains collaborative relationships across the university, including but not limited to the Center for Student Success, the Division of Information Technology, the Office of Community & Civic Engagement, the Accessibility Resource Center, the Office of Academic and Military Outreach, and the Office of Online Learning-so as to provide faculty with comprehensive, purpose-driven, and seamless support in the classroom. The TLC seeks to foster an environment where teaching is rewarded and recognized, and faculty are encouraged to apply for Grants for Excellence in Teaching & Learning to support their pedagogy and scholarship in teaching and learning.

To learn more, visit https://www.uncp.edu/resources/teaching-and-learning-center. Follow @UNCPTLC on Facebook and Twitter, and contact Director Scott Hicks at (910) 775-4032 or scott.hicks@uncp.edu.

Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

The Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) serves as the clearinghouse for externally sponsored grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The staff provides guidance and support in identifying funding sources, developing grant proposals and research contracts, and ensuring compliance with University and federal regulations. The Office maintains University-wide grant records and reports all proposals and awards through the UNC system electronic research administration database. Common types of funded activities include research grants, programmatic grants, training grants, research career programs, undergraduate research, minority programs in science and math, community outreach programs, and economic development projects and partnerships. The Office sponsors grant writing workshops on various aspects of proposal development and grant management. More information may be found at http://www.uncp.edu/osrp.

Office of Institutional Research


Office of Institutional Research serves as a centralized data resource to the university community by providing strategic, timely, accurate information and research service to assist institutional planning and assessment, inform sound decision making, and enhance institutional effectiveness.  


  • Develop and monitor performance indicators that measure overall institutional effectiveness and the university’s progress toward strategic planning goals and objectives;
  • Respond to mandated reporting requirements from Federal, State, UNC system and accrediting agencies;
  • Oversee and maintain the official institutional data;
  • Prepare enrollment projection models in assisting the Enrollment Planning Group;
  • Administer and analyze institution-wide surveys and testing and disseminate results to the campus community;
  • Conduct research studies to assist academic and administrative departments in meeting program review, assessment, and accreditation requirements; and
  • Serve as a consultant to support data-driven decision-making process at all levels.

Regional Initiatives

The Office of Regional Initiatives is located off campus at the Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMTech) on Livermore Drive. Established in 2000, its mission fosters regional collaboration, enhances business development, and empowers communities for quality of life betterment in southeastern North Carolina. The Office of Regional Initiatives addresses the diverse needs of the region through initiatives to increase resources, establish networks, and provide training. It provides outreach services to the citizens, businesses, governments and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. These outreach services are executed in cooperation with organizations to provide management development programs, health care initiatives, customized training, consulting, grants development, planning and technical assistance, conference designing and implementation, and economic and social research.

Professional Development: The office offers non-credit workshops leading to a certificate in areas such as management development and leadership development with concentrated study in group dynamics, communications, quality, change, and strategic planning. These programs are offered to the public but can also be tailored to meet an organization’s specific needs, with instruction arranged on-site and online, and courses may qualify for Continuing Education Units of credit (CEUs).

Short Courses, Institutes, and Conferences: In addition to helping students meet licensure requirements, the University meets special needs of students through this program and continues the tradition of providing education to all segments of the population for personal and professional enrichment. The University awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants in qualified programs. Continuing Education Units are a part of a nationwide recording system to provide a uniform measure of attainment in non‑credit educational programs. One CEU at UNC Pembroke is defined as “ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible, capable direction, and qualified instruction.”

Youth Programs: The Office of Regional Initiatives provides numerous opportunities for youth involvement that include summer programs such as Kids College, Teen College, EntreU, and, based on funding, a Summer Transportation Institute and Summer Science Symposiums.

Small Business and Technology Development Center: Operated as an inter-institutional program of The University of North Carolina, SBTDC provides information and individualized counseling services to citizens who are starting a business or existing businesses interested in expansion.

Community Services: Healthy Start is a national infant mortality initiative funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The program staff is physically located at the Office for Regional Initiatives, but the program is administered by the College of Health Sciences.  The program focuses on community based work with families who are expecting or have a child under 18 months to ensure overall health and wellness, health access, and linkage to resources.

Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub

The Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub is located at 201 Main Street, downtown Pembroke. The Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub management recognizes the correlation between economic development and entrepreneurship and therefore is committed to entrepreneurship education and to entrepreneurial development. Its ambition is to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking amongst the UNCP student body as well as assist and support entrepreneurs and new ventures in the Southeastern North Carolina region. Therefore, the mission of the Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub is focused on education, research, planning, and community engagement.

Established in 2006, the Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub was enabled by a generous gift from The Thomas Family Foundation, founded by James and Sally Thomas. Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub consultants reach out and support the community by providing one-on-one consulting and evaluation services for local entrepreneurs along with a business incubator and maker space, while assisting students in developing entrepreneurial competencies and knowledge. The result is to extend entrepreneurship education outside the classroom by allowing students to work with local entrepreneurs on critical business challenges. Experiential learning is a great asset to entrepreneurship students. At the same time, local businesses benefit from the knowledge and advice provided. The Thomas Entrepreneurship Hub web site (http://www.thethomashub.org) provides details on the academic and entrepreneurial business consulting provided.

Brave Start Program  

Director: Deana Johnson
Robin L. Snead, Amy Williams

The Brave Start Program (formerly College Opportunity Program) is designed to admit a limited number of students who meet most, but not all, of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s regular admission standards. Students are selected based on high school academic record, scholastic standing in the high school graduating class, and SAT or ACT scores (optional). The application for admission should be filed as early as possible.  Students enroll in the summer prior to their first year in college.

Students enter the Brave Start Program based on recommendations from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and students enroll in courses designed to develop academic skills which will be necessary for their success at UNC Pembroke. In the Fall and Spring Semesters, the student can register for 15-16 hours of academic coursework. In addition, students meet regularly with Brave Start advisors for academic counseling as well as participate in special programs throughout the academic year. Students who meet the University’s academic eligibility requirements and have successfully completed the Program (made a “C” or higher in ENG 1050 and ENG 1060) then continue at the University as other regularly admitted students.