RALEIGH – Facebook is expanding the Facebook Campus program again, including North Carolina State University.

Duke University, where students gained access in September 2020, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where students gained access in June, are also a part of the initiative.

According to Facebook, students at 140 campuses now have access to the program.  That includes UNC Charlotte, East Carolina University, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, and Appalachian State University.

“Students have already been using Facebook Groups and Events for their college communities, and we want to make it easier for them to connect through common interests and communicate with each other in a dedicated space within Facebook,” Charmaine Hung, a Facebook product manager, one of whom founded the Campus product.

Facebook originally launched on college campuses, requiring a .edu email address to register for an account, before expanding its community reach.  “We’re returning to our roots with Facebook Campus to help students make and maintain these relationships.”

The product was created by the company to deliver a product that fit student needs, and the company said it focused their development on feedback from students, who indicated a desire for greater connected experiences, on campus and when they’re not on campus, said Hung.

Facebook has a data center in North Carolina, based in Forest City, which according to the company has more than 275 employees.

This story was updated on August 23, 2021, when Facebook announced the expansion of the Campus program to additional schools including NCSU, UNCC, UNCG, ECU, UNCW, and App State.