Best colleges in Raleigh

Carolina College Town

More than just the "Most Educated City in America"

Although widely known as an integral part of the "Research Triad," Raleigh will surprise you with its vibrant art culture, foodie and craft beer scene, and music festival mecca. Home to 10 traditional universities and colleges, your options are rich in Raleigh. Ranking number 2 on America's 15 Best Cities for Young Professionals by Forbes and in the top 5 of happiest metropolitan areas in America, Raleigh offers the best of both worlds pre and post graduation. The City of Oaks' unemployment rate of 5.7%, below the national average, compliments its average hourly wage of $22.65, above the national average.

North Carolina's state capitol, with its picturesque landscape of wooded tracts, nickname of "City of Oaks," and 150 major parks, is one place you'll be inspired to get outside and enjoy southern hospitality at its finest. But it's not all about the great outdoors. Raleigh is home to 3 major state museums, captivating historic sites, and sports enthusiast-worthy teams to cheer for including the NHL Hurricanes, MLS RailHawks, and college athletics – need we say more? With an annual average temperatures of 71◦, there's plenty to do 365 days a year. Be assured, Raleigh is the full college experience you're looking for.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *visitraleigh.com *Wikipedia, "Raleigh"

Best Four Year Universities in Raleigh

North Carolina State University, or NC State, is a public university founded in 1887, with the flagship campus located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Undergraduate enrollment at NC State is 35,000, and students take classes at the Main, Centennial, and NC Research Campuses. NC State is located in the Research Triangle in the Raleigh-Durham area along with Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Raleigh has a bustling downtown, a historic theme park, and a wide range of hiking trails just outside the city.

The university offers over 100 bachelor’s programs and over 60 doctoral degree options through competitive schools like the Polle College of Management and the Wilson College of Textiles. Prospective applicants should note that in-state tuition is roughly a quarter of out-of-state tuition, totaling just below $10,000. Students at NC State take classes on a semester-based academic calendar in a typical large undergraduate lecture format.

NC State has an annual budget that exceeds $1.5 billion, one of the largest annual budgets in the country, with funding going towards nationally-ranked research institutes, a competitive athletic program, and robust merit and need-based scholarships. Notable research institutes at NC State include the FREEDM Systems Center for smart-grid technology, the ASSIST Center for health-monitoring devices, and the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences. Notable alumni include quarterback Russell Wilson, actor Zach Galifianakis, and former Senator John Edwards.

Meredith College
Raleigh, NC

Meredith College offers 65 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 576 students graduated with students earning 386 Bachelor's degrees, 110 Certificates, and 80 Master's degrees.

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William Peace University offers 46 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 213 students graduated with students earning 213 Bachelor's degrees.

Living Arts College
Raleigh, NC

Living Arts College offers 18 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 117 students graduated with students earning 87 Certificates, and 30 Bachelor's degrees.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary offers 57 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 497 students graduated with students earning 356 Master's degrees, 64 Doctoral degrees, 48 Bachelor's degrees, 26 Certificates, and 3 Associate's degrees.

Saint Augustine's University offers 25 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 92 students graduated with students earning 92 Bachelor's degrees.

Shaw University
Raleigh, NC

Shaw University offers 25 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 197 students graduated with students earning 168 Bachelor's degrees, and 29 Master's degrees.

Strayer University-North Carolina offers 64 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 725 students graduated with students earning 309 Master's degrees, 305 Bachelor's degrees, and 111 Associate's degrees.

Shepherds Theological Seminary offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 19 students graduated with students earning 19 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Raleigh

Louisburg College
Louisburg, NC

Louisburg College offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a outlying town. In 2019, 90 students graduated with students earning 90 Associate's degrees.

Wake Technical Community College offers 165 degree programs. It's a very large, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 5,771 students graduated with students earning 2,999 Certificates, and 2,772 Associate's degrees.

Platt College-Miller-Motte-Raleigh offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 331 students graduated with students earning 235 Certificates, and 96 Associate's degrees.

Johnston Community College offers 79 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2019, 979 students graduated with students earning 537 Associate's degrees, and 442 Certificates.

List of all colleges in Raleigh

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Logo North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC
3/5
21 : 1 36,304
Meredith College Logo Meredith College Raleigh, NC
5/5
14 : 1 1,810
William Peace University Logo William Peace University Raleigh, NC
5/5
23 : 1 889
Living Arts College Logo Living Arts College Raleigh, NC
4/5
16 : 1 234
Louisburg College Logo Louisburg College Louisburg, NC
4/5
17 : 1 556
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Logo Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Wake Forest, NC
3/5
56 : 1 3,164
Saint Augustine's University Logo Saint Augustine's University Raleigh, NC
4/5
13 : 1 899
Mitchells Academy Logo Mitchells Academy Raleigh, NC     9
Shaw University Logo Shaw University Raleigh, NC
4/5
20 : 1 1,291
Strayer University-North Carolina Logo Strayer University-North Carolina Morrisville, NC
3/5
1,053 : 1 6,318
Paul Mitchell the School-Raleigh Logo Paul Mitchell the School-Raleigh Raleigh, NC     154
Wake Technical Community College Logo Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
2/5
38 : 1 22,003
Gwinnett College Logo Gwinnett College Raleigh, NC     121
Platt College-Miller-Motte-Raleigh Logo Platt College-Miller-Motte-Raleigh Raleigh, NC   79 : 1 474
Johnston Community College Logo Johnston Community College Smithfield, NC
2/5
36 : 1 4,054
MyComputerCareer.edu-Raleigh Logo MyComputerCareer.edu-Raleigh Raleigh, NC     2,043
Shepherds Theological Seminary Logo Shepherds Theological Seminary Cary, NC   18 : 1 105
Sherrill's University of Barber & Cosmetology Logo Sherrill's University of Barber & Cosmetology Raleigh, NC