Welcome to college—and more importantly, welcome to UNC Pembroke! As universities go, you will find that UNCP is extraordinary in our commitment to you and your success. Before long, you will see that faculty members will know you by name, will work hard to help you achieve, will show you how they care about your progress, and will direct you to resources that can help you if you start to struggle. You are not alone here; you are part of the Pembroke family.
You have enrolled in a university that has an interesting story to tell. In 1887, when this school was founded, the institution had a single purpose: to educate the local American Indians so they could have a better life. Over the last 126 years, that little school expanded its scope and programming so that, today, we are a regional comprehensive institution offering 42 undergraduate majors, 18 graduate degrees, award-winning faculty, excellent sports teams, an international program, state-of-the-art clinical laboratories, and much more. Still, we try to remain close to our roots. The Lumbee tribe, centered in Pembroke, emphasizes the importance of the whole person and balance with the environment. We follow the lead of the tribe and want to nurture your intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth while you are with us. We want you—our student—to achieve wholeness.
I mentioned that this university has an interesting story to tell. But you have an interesting story, too. You are part of a student body that includes all races and nationalities, all socio-economic backgrounds, all ages, and all career trajectories. In fact, UNC Pembroke is the most diverse institution in the UNC system and one of the most diverse in the nation. You in your uniqueness will become part of the whole here. In fact, we expect you to be part of the whole. The Pembroke family—the faculty and staff who will help you along in your college career—is committed to making your time here a rich and rewarding experience. But we need you to do your part, too. I urge you to become engaged in the rich campus life that UNC Pembroke offers: excellent division II sports, theater and the arts, more than 80 clubs and organizations, an active student government association, service learning opportunities, a lively campus community, and more.
So, along with the faculty and staff, I’m excited to welcome you to UNC Pembroke! In the years to come, you will discover ways to connect with your professors, your classmates, and your alma mater. You will learn and grow and work to achieve your potential. And along the way you will become part of our story and we will become part of yours. We are looking forward to it; let’s make it a great year.
Kyle R. Carter
Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2013
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