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Our Heritage

Founded in 1887 as a school for the education of American Indians, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke now serves a distinctly diverse student body and encourages inclusion and appreciation for the values of all people. Learn more about our unique heritage and history.

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Visit the Museum of the Southeast American Indian located in historic Old Main

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Daniel Ownbey
Daniel Ownbey

Exercise & Sport Science 2015
Assistant wrestling coach, Greensboro College. First two-time national champion in UNCP history. Four-time All-American. UNCP male Athlete of the Year 2015. Midwest Regional’s Wrestler of the Year 2015. Former assistant wrestling coach at Ferrum College, NC Pride Wrestling Club  and UNCP. 

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Jesse Oxendine

Education 1951
First American Indian pharmacist in NC. WWII veteran. Helped liberate concentration camps in Germany. Played quarterback for UNCP’s first football team 1947-1951. Worked as pharmacist in Charlotte for 40 years. Helped revive football at UNCP. Former chairman of UNCP Board of Trustees.

Pardon Ndhlovu
Pardon Ndhlovu

International Business 2013
Pardon competed in the men’s marathon at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, finishing 41st with a time of 2:17:48, ahead of 114 of the world’s best athletes. All-American in cross country and track & field at UNCP. Four-time all-Peach Belt Conference standout.

Jerry Lanier
Jerry Lanier

History 1974
Ret. U.S. Ambassador to Sudan, Uganda. Career diplomat. Served 33 years with the Department of State. Rose to rank of Ambassador. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he served as head of the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism.

UNCP By the Numbers

20

Countries Represented

UNC Pembroke attracts international students from all over the world.

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120+

Clubs & Organizations

UNCP offers more than 120 clubs & organizations to keep you engaged and involved during your college experience.

Involvement

150+

Paths to Degree

UNCP offers more than 150 paths to graduate and undergraduate degrees. Here, there is something for everyone.

Academics

18:1

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

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