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Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 04/27/2010
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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Throughout the years North Carolina A&T State University's elite academic programs have led to pioneers in the areas of politics, media, business, engineering, sports the Armed Services. Become an Aggie and watch your goals realized.

Whether it is running for president, being an executive for a pro franchise or hosting a popular television show, N.C. A&T offers tremendous opportunities for its student population. N.C. A&T has a lot to offer beyond the typical classroom setting. The large variety of student organizations, intramural sports and leadership opportunities foster excellence and make for an unforgettable and rewarding college experience. Lasting friendships are created through participation in athletics, Greek life, the A&T student newspaper (A&T Register), WNAA 90.1 FM, Blue & Gold Marching Machine, ROTC and much, much more.

Unlike other campuses, where students are randomly assigned to residence halls, at N.C. A&T you can choose from 13 different halls including traditional rooms, suites, and two or four bedroom apartments. Currently, more than 4,000 students take advantage of the convenience and community of campus life.

Innovative, Creative and Dedicated

N.C. A&T is the nation's No. 1 producer of minorities with degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Aggieland is the third largest producer of African-American engineers with master's degrees and it is a leading producer of African-American engineers with doctorate degrees. Females comprise approximately 30 percent of the students in the College of Engineering, thus ranking the college sixth in the country in the percentage of degrees awarded to women.

N.C. A&T is one of only two schools in North Carolina with an accredited mass communication and journalism program. N.C. A&T had the first nationally accredited accounting program in the country among HBCUs. N.C. A&T was reaffirmed for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for another 10 years. N.C. A&T is ranked among the top three HBCUs in the nation for science and engineering research. More than 95 percent of N.C. A&T's full-time tenured faculty have doctorates.

N.C. A&T is one of the top producers of certified public accountants

among HBCUs. N.C. A&T is the only HBCU in the nation with a landscape architecture program, and the only university in North Carolina with an undergraduate landscape architecture program.

N.C. A&T is also a leading producer of minority landscape architects and veterinarians. N.C. A&T's motorsports program races internationally.

The School of Business and Economics holds the distinction of being the nation's only HBCU with its own Wall Street trading room.

On Feb. 1, 1960 four black freshmen at North Carolina A&T State University, Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair, Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), and David Richmond took seats at the segregated lunch counter of F. W. Woolworth's in Greensboro, N.C. They were refused service and sat peacefully until the store closed. They returned the next day, along with about 25 other students, and their requests were again denied. The Greensboro Four inspired similar sit-ins across the state and by the end of February, such protests were taking place across the South.

Finally in July, Woolworth's integrated all of its stores. The original Woolworth's counter and stools now sit in the Smithsonian Museum, but a Sit-In Museum is being planned for the old Woolworth's building where the event actually occurred. The four have become icons of the civil rights movement. A statue of the four sits prominently in front of the Dudley Building on the West Campus.

North Carolina A&T's Homecoming celebration is one of Greensboro's largest tourist attractions. Thousands of Aggies participate in the elaborate parade, football game and activities totaling millions of dollars in revenue for the city. More than 40 events are normally planned throughout the week. Homecoming lives up to its reputation consistently. Each year the gameday crowd ranks among the most highly attended games nationally in the Division I Football Championship Series. The Aggies annual Homecoming comedy show and concert attracts some of the most popular names in entertainment.

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