The school was established to train American Indian teachers. 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 For many years, the instruction was at the elementary and secondary level, and the first diploma was awarded in The school was moved to its present location in Pembroke, the center of the Indian community, in Inthe Board of Trustees added a two-year normal teacher training program beyond high school and phased out elementary instruction.
Intwo-year college junior college coursework was added. The first four-year degrees were conferred in In recognition of its new status, the General Assembly changed the name of the school in to Pembroke State College for Indians.
Between andit was the only state-supported four-year college for Indians in the nation. The scope of the institution was widened in when non-teaching baccalaureate degrees were added, and, inwhen enrollment, ly limited to the Indians of Robeson County, was opened to people from all federally recognized Indian groups.
Growth of over percent followed during the next eight years. Inthe General Assembly changed the name again to Pembroke State University and deated the institution a regional university.
Three years later, inthe General Assembly established the campus University of North Carolina with Pembroke State University as one of the constituent institutions. The Board of Governors approved the implementation of the Master of Arts in Education program by Pembroke State University inas well as several new undergraduate programs.
Pembroke State University celebrated its centennial in Ina major in applied physics and four new Master of Arts programs were added. Maynor Honors College were also instituted to enhance scholarship.
Since then, the University has added new baccalaureate programs, including Spanish, environmental science, and geo-environmental studies, as well as new graduate degrees, including the Master of School Administration M. Many classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels are available through distance learning, including the Internet. On July 5,North Carolina Gov. Between March and Maythe university celebrated the th anniversary of its founding.
Today, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has more than 8, students from diverse backgrounds. The University offers 41 undergraduate programs and 18 graduate programs.
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