Upcoming Events


December 18 - Administrative Group meetings, Guilford College: Admissions Deans, Library Directors, Library Heads of Reference, Public Information Officers, Financial Aid Directors

January 23-24 -
Development Officers Conference, Meredith College

February 16 & 17, 2018
NCICU Ethics Bowl 2018

June 24-29, 2018
NCICU Counselors Tour.
Kick-off at Gardner-Webb University

NCICU Events


150 students from 17 NCICU campuses participated in the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium Nov. 4, 2017 at Campbell University. Pictured here are John Payne from Pfeiffer University, Mae Lewis from Duke University, and Rasheda Boachie from Campbell University.




CFOs from campuses around the state met in Greensboro on Nov. 1 & 2, 2017, and heard presentations by EIAA President Jeff Wolf (L) and SEM Works President Jim Black (R).




More than 150 campus employees participated in the fall Administrative Group meetings at Guilford College on October 17, 2017.





34 High School Counselors participated in NCICU's annual Counselor's Tour June 18 through 23, 2017, visiting 13 Eastern campuses.


On May 31, 2017, NCICU thanked legislators for 45 years of support of NC students who attend private, non-profit colleges and universities in the state. #NorthCarolinaNeedBasedScholarship.




Arguing the ethics of complex legal issues is challenging for the most seasoned legal minds, but for the college students participating in NCICU's annual Ethics Bowl, it was an exercise founded in research and executed with poise and confidence. Twenty-two of North Carolina's independent colleges and universities sent teams to the event which was held February 17 and 18 at the State Legislative Complex in Raleigh.

"The topics this year, developed by Dr. Jesse McCartney, retired Provost of Catawba College, were timely and complex," said NCICU President Hope Williams. "We knew the students would be interested in issues that have been front and center in the news over the past year and we did not disappoint them."

Each team participated in four rounds after which the four teams with the most “wins” - Meredith College, Chowan University, Salem College and Montreat College - met in two semifinal rounds. The semifinal round topic focused on how the law deals with bullies, asking the question, 'Should there be a law to regulate cyber-bullying?’.

Advancing to the final round were Meredith and Salem colleges. This was the first time that two women's colleges had faced each other in the finals. The topic for the final round was about corporate ethics and international conflicts. The teams were asked "Do U.S. companies have an ethical obligation to withdraw their operations from countries that repress their citizens’ human rights?" In the end, Salem College won the competition.

At a banquet honoring the participants, Justice Sam J. (Jimmy) Ervin, IV, of the Supreme Court of North Carolina, discussed the legal system and stated that “…good lawyers and judges spend considerable amounts of time reflecting upon their ethical obligations.”  In commenting upon ethics as a discipline and a way of life, Ervin reminded the 250 persons in attendance that ethics “involves the resolution of competing values and principles and a detailed analysis of the relevant factual and legal background.”

The Ethics Bowl is made possible because of the support of 34 sponsors, led by Duke Energy and Wells Fargo, and the participation of more than 70 volunteer judges and moderators who are leaders in business, government and non-profit organizations.


Nine students have received stipends to support research that will be presented at the 2016 North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. The stipends were awarded by North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) to students performing undergraduate research in the areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields of study at one of North Carolina's 36 private, non-profit colleges and universities. 

The recipients are: 
Jenna Dafgek, an Elon University senior from Tolland, CT majoring in Biology; 
Nicole De Naeyer, a Meredith College senior from Pinehurst, NC, majoring in Biology; 
Cameron Dixon, a St. Andrews University senior from Garrardstown, WV, majoring in Biology; Georgi Krastev, a St. Andrews University senior from Pinellas Park, Florida, majoring in Biology; Abigail Leonard, an N.C. Wesleyan College senior from Tabor City, NC, majoring in Exercise Science; 
Christopher Lile, a Gardner-Webb University senior from Boiling Springs, NC, majoring in Biology and Psychology; 
Carmen Mesa, a Guilford College junior from Greensboro, NC majoring in Biology; 
Crystal Sarnor, a Chowan University senior from Monrovia, Liberia majoring in Biology; and 
Lewis Wrenn Woodard, a Chowan University senior from Pendleton, NC, majoring in Biology. 

The symposium, a collaboration between NCICU and the University of North Carolina, showcases NC undergraduate student research and creative work, providing undergraduate scholars in all fields a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art. Participants are required to have a faculty advisor who is willing to mentor the student’s participation in the Symposium. 

"The research and creative endeavors of these students is amazing, and in some cases, they result in scientific advances that have significant implications," said Hope Williams, president of NCICU. "We look forward to seeing the presentations by these grant recipients along with the work of all the nearly 200 NCICU campus participants." 

The 2016 Symposium took place on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at N.C. Central University.


CFNC Call-in at WRAL-TV!

NCICU Admissions and Financial Aid Professionals assist North Carolina students and families

The second CFNC call-in was held on October 24 at the WRAL-TV station in Raleigh and included admissions and financial aid volunteers from the three sectors of North Carolina higher education. NCICU is grateful to the eleven NCICU campus representatives from eight Triangle-area campuses for volunteering their time to assist over 400 prospective students and families including a number of bilingual callers.

NCICU WE2: Preparing Women for Their “Next”

Women’s Economic Empowerment (WE2) grants totaling $54,000 were distributed to five institutions to support programs that help increase persistence and retention of women students, especially underrepresented and financially needy students. A significant focus of the program was to encourage students to think broadly about their choice of majors.

North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities received a matching grant from the Council of Independent Colleges for $25,000 and matched those funds through the generosity of BB&T, the UPS Foundation, High Tower Investments, M&F Bank Corporation, and individual donations through the auspices of the North Carolina Council for Women. Mini-grant funds from the grant were awarded to five institutions. A total of 122 students benefited directly from the program and countless others indirectly. Students learned how to craft a professional resume, how to navigate a business dinner as well as interview skills for jobs and internships.



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“Participating in the Ethics Bowl was an incredibly intellectual and humbling
experience. I put forth my ideas, and we
worked together to be as prepared as
possible. Evidently, we had prepared
well, and it was a pleasant surprise to
make it all the way. It was great
to see so many smart and ambitious
young people in the same place.”


 - Marcus Strath, Barton College


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