Best Colleges in North Carolina

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Be prepared to choose your favorite shade of blue when you move down south and all the top colleges are all blue. North Carolina is a progressive state with a public university system of 16 colleges and a school for the arts. The Old North State also plays host to some pretty prestigious private liberal arts colleges with intimate learning opportunities. The average student-faculty ratio at a private school in North Carolina is 11:1. Their community college system is massive, providing plenty of options at its 58 campuses for those who are still figuring out their career path. North Carolina graduates go on to work at businesses like JD Motorsports, Red Storm Entertainment, and Rocky Mount Instruments.

Race car driving is huge in North Carolina, and you'll see plenty of racing companies all over the state. If you're interested in engineering or mechanics, a North Carolina education will serve you well. On your off hours, visit one of the multiple aquariums throughout the state, or hang out at one of the notable pubs and restaurants. Check out the Raleigh Times Bar or the North Banks Restaurant. The nightlife is sweet in this Southern state filled to the brim with sweet tea, friends, and higher learning. Wikipedia, "List of colleges and universities in North Carolina" , "North Carolina Community College System", "Companies based in North Carolina" www.visitraleigh.com

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Best Four Year Universities in North Carolina

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Duke University Durham, NC

Duke University offers 387 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 6,387 students graduated with students earning 2,879 Master's degrees, 2,344 Bachelor's degrees, 920 Doctoral degrees, and 244 Certificates degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 298 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 9,650 students graduated with students earning 6,036 Bachelor's degrees, 2,305 Master's degrees, 1,301 Doctoral degrees, and 8 Certificates degrees.

Based on 72 Reviews
3 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers 292 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 9,475 students graduated with students earning 6,083 Bachelor's degrees, 2,586 Master's degrees, 633 Doctoral degrees, 173 Associate's degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
4 Elon University Elon, NC

Elon University offers 160 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 1,865 students graduated with students earning 1,556 Bachelor's degrees, 192 Doctoral degrees, and 117 Master's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
5 Davidson College Davidson, NC

Davidson College offers 58 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 513 students graduated with students earning 513 Bachelor's degrees.

6 Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University offers 129 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,532 students graduated with students earning 1,383 Bachelor's degrees, 830 Master's degrees, 317 Doctoral degrees, and 2 Certificates degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
7 Campbell University Buies Creek, NC

Campbell University offers 164 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a outlying town. In 2015, 1,562 students graduated with students earning 977 Bachelor's degrees, 259 Doctoral degrees, 230 Master's degrees, 91 Associate's degrees, and 5 Certificates degrees.

8 Appalachian State University Boone, NC

Appalachian State University offers 209 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a far away town. In 2015, 4,933 students graduated with students earning 4,011 Bachelor's degrees, 761 Master's degrees, 145 Certificates degrees, and 16 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 32 Reviews
9 University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, NC

University of North Carolina Wilmington offers 134 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 3,904 students graduated with students earning 3,217 Bachelor's degrees, 663 Master's degrees, 12 Certificates degrees, and 12 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 28 Reviews
10 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University offers 115 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a far away town. In 2015, 2,884 students graduated with students earning 2,263 Bachelor's degrees, 545 Master's degrees, 70 Doctoral degrees, and 6 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews

Best Community Colleges in North Carolina

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC

Durham Technical Community College offers 105 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,176 students graduated with students earning 695 Certificates degrees, and 481 Associate's degrees.

2 Louisburg College Louisburg, NC

Louisburg College offers 3 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a outlying town. In 2015, 120 students graduated with students earning 120 Associate's degrees.

3 Mitchell Community College Statesville, NC

Mitchell Community College offers 71 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 697 students graduated with students earning 417 Associate's degrees, and 280 Certificates degrees.

4 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Community College offers 123 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,049 students graduated with students earning 1,391 Associate's degrees, and 658 Certificates degrees.

5 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville, NC

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offers 125 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,912 students graduated with students earning 984 Associate's degrees, and 928 Certificates degrees.

6 Randolph Community College Asheboro, NC

Randolph Community College offers 75 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a outlying town. In 2015, 770 students graduated with students earning 451 Associate's degrees, and 319 Certificates degrees.

7 Gaston College Dallas, NC

Gaston College offers 110 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 1,472 students graduated with students earning 738 Associate's degrees, and 734 Certificates degrees.

8 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, NC

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College offers 96 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized suburb. In 2015, 1,932 students graduated with students earning 1,071 Certificates degrees, and 861 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
9 Vance-Granville Community College Henderson, NC

Vance-Granville Community College offers 63 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away town. In 2015, 895 students graduated with students earning 539 Associate's degrees, and 356 Certificates degrees.

10 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC

Wake Technical Community College offers 151 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 4,774 students graduated with students earning 2,486 Certificates degrees, and 2,288 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Duke University Duke University Durham, NC
5/5
5 : 1 15,984
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
3/5
17 : 1 29,084
North Carolina State University at Raleigh North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC
3/5
19 : 1 34,015
Elon University Elon University Elon, NC
5/5
14 : 1 6,631
Davidson College Davidson College Davidson, NC
5/5
10 : 1 1,784
Wake Forest University Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
5/5
5 : 1 7,837
Campbell University Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
5/5
20 : 1 6,484
Appalachian State University Appalachian State University Boone, NC
2/5
17 : 1 17,932
University of North Carolina Wilmington University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, NC
2/5
21 : 1 14,918
Western Carolina University Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
2/5
20 : 1 10,340
University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
2/5
25 : 1 27,983
University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
2/5
24 : 1 19,393
East Carolina University East Carolina University Greenville, NC
2/5
20 : 1 28,289
Queens University of Charlotte Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
5/5
14 : 1 2,286
University of North Carolina at Asheville University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, NC
2/5
16 : 1 3,891
North Carolina Central University North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
2/5
19 : 1 8,011
High Point University High Point University High Point, NC
5/5
14 : 1 4,573
Methodist University Methodist University Fayetteville, NC
5/5
14 : 1 2,474
Gardner-Webb University Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
5/5
18 : 1 4,329
Wingate University Wingate University Wingate, NC
5/5
16 : 1 3,149
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
2/5
22 : 1 6,104
North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC
2/5
23 : 1 10,852
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
2/5
15 : 1 5,107
North Carolina Wesleyan College North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, NC
5/5
17 : 1 2,119
University of Mount Olive University of Mount Olive Mount Olive, NC
4/5
25 : 1 3,371

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