Best Colleges in Raleigh

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

  • Associate's
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
  • Certificates
  • Less than 2 years (below associate)
  • At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • Four or more years
  • Private for-profit
  • Private not-for-profit
  • Public

Best Community Colleges in Raleigh

  • Associate's
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
  • Certificates
  • Less than 2 years (below associate)
  • At least 2 but less than 4 years
  • Four or more years
  • Private for-profit
  • Private not-for-profit
  • Public