Best colleges in Charlotte

College on Capitol Hill

Live amongst monuments of our country as you learn to be part of it

Why spend a weekend in Washington D.C. sightseeing when you could spend years experiencing all our nation’s capital has to offer? Fifteen colleges and universities call this inter-state city home, as do many different cultures — and 200 foreign embassies and international organizations.* If you have an interest in government, law, lobbying, education, finance, public policy, scientific research, or more, come join us in the 4th largest metro economy in the United States. A degree here will start your career off on the right foot with average weekly wages of $1,575, the 4th highest in the country.

And while you’re finding your perfect university, you’ll find there’s plenty to do when the books close. From the National Mall and Zoo to festivals and other famous monuments, you can be entertained and educated at the same time — oh, and did we mention most of these attractions are free? So you can spend your money on the tasty dining options, farmers’ markets, and night life. At a Washington D.C. school, you’ll enjoy all four seasons of all four years. Explore your options and discover the university of your dreams today.

*dc.about.com *Bureau of Labor Statistics

Best Four Year Universities in Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers 181 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 7,620 students graduated with students earning 5,577 Bachelor's degrees, 1,674 Master's degrees, 192 Certificates, and 177 Doctoral degrees.

Catawba College
Salisbury, NC

Catawba College offers 44 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 288 students graduated with students earning 283 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Master's degrees.

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Queens University of Charlotte offers 68 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 757 students graduated with students earning 390 Bachelor's degrees, 358 Master's degrees, and 9 Certificates.

Johnson C Smith University offers 27 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 262 students graduated with students earning 220 Bachelor's degrees, and 42 Master's degrees.

Winthrop University
Rock Hill, SC

Winthrop University offers 87 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 1,326 students graduated with students earning 984 Bachelor's degrees, 305 Master's degrees, and 37 Certificates.

Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte offers 12 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 567 students graduated with students earning 323 Associate's degrees, and 244 Bachelor's degrees.

Clinton College
Rock Hill, SC

Clinton College offers 7 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 21 students graduated with students earning 13 Associate's degrees, and 8 Bachelor's degrees.

Livingstone College
Salisbury, NC

Livingstone College offers 26 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 148 students graduated with students earning 143 Bachelor's degrees, and 5 Associate's degrees.

Wingate University
Wingate, NC

Wingate University offers 52 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 822 students graduated with students earning 494 Bachelor's degrees, 182 Doctoral degrees, 124 Master's degrees, and 22 Certificates.

Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, NC

Belmont Abbey College offers 19 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 292 students graduated with students earning 292 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Charlotte

Carolinas College of Health Sciences offers 8 degree programs. It's a very small, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 165 students graduated with students earning 136 Associate's degrees, and 29 Certificates.

University of South Carolina-Lancaster offers 5 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a faraway town. In 2019, 135 students graduated with students earning 135 Associate's degrees.

Gaston College
Dallas, NC

Gaston College offers 127 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 1,286 students graduated with students earning 701 Associate's degrees, and 585 Certificates.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers 98 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize suburb. In 2019, 1,935 students graduated with students earning 1,041 Certificates, and 894 Associate's degrees.

York Technical College
Rock Hill, SC

York Technical College offers 75 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a small city. In 2019, 1,187 students graduated with students earning 651 Associate's degrees, and 536 Certificates.

Mitchell Community College
Statesville, NC

Mitchell Community College offers 65 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 925 students graduated with students earning 510 Certificates, and 415 Associate's degrees.

Central Piedmont Community College offers 143 degree programs. It's a large, public, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 3,152 students graduated with students earning 2,279 Associate's degrees, and 873 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Charlotte

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Logo University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
2/5
27 : 1 29,615
Catawba College Logo Catawba College Salisbury, NC
5/5
16 : 1 1,324
Queens University of Charlotte Logo Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
5/5
18 : 1 2,463
Johnson C Smith University Logo Johnson C Smith University Charlotte, NC
4/5
17 : 1 1,494
Winthrop University Logo Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC
4/5
20 : 1 5,865
Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte Logo Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte Charlotte, NC
5/5
20 : 1 1,523
Clinton College Logo Clinton College Rock Hill, SC
3/5
19 : 1 190
Livingstone College Logo Livingstone College Salisbury, NC
4/5
17 : 1 1,122
Carolinas College of Health Sciences Logo Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte, NC
3/5
17 : 1 476
Wingate University Logo Wingate University Wingate, NC
5/5
20 : 1 3,681
Belmont Abbey College Logo Belmont Abbey College Belmont, NC
4/5
20 : 1 1,507
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Logo Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord, NC
3/5
16 : 1 475
NASCAR Technical Institute Logo NASCAR Technical Institute Mooresville, NC     1,132
Southeastern College-Charlotte Logo Southeastern College-Charlotte Charlotte, NC     364
Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology Logo Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology Mooresville, NC     55
Empire Beauty School-Pineville Logo Empire Beauty School-Pineville Charlotte, NC     85
University of South Carolina-Lancaster Logo University of South Carolina-Lancaster Lancaster, SC
2/5
32 : 1 1,640
Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill Logo Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology-Rock Hill Rock Hill, SC     174
Paul Mitchell the School-Gastonia Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Gastonia Gastonia, NC     360
Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary Logo Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary Charlotte, NC
3/5
16 : 1 79