Cary, North Carolina (NC) Colleges and Universities

While there are only two schools in Cary, NC, there are 33 more schools located within a 25-mile radius. Find out which one might meet your academic needs by comparing a number of institutions based on size, cost and other useful factors for consideration.

The Cary, North Carolina, region is home to a few postsecondary institutions, including for-profit universities, cosmetology schools, career institutes and more. To help students interested in the traditional college experience, we compare and contrast traditional colleges and universities near Cary offering a wide variety of programs using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Cary, North Carolina

The majority of schools closest to Cary are private institutions. A few of the schools nearby offer graduate programs in addition to undergraduate programs.

  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (4.7 miles from downtown)
  • Meredith College (5.5 miles from downtown)
  • Strayer University - North Carolina (5.7 miles from downtown)
  • Strayer University - South Raleigh Campus (7.4 miles from downtown)
  • Wake Technical Community College (7.4 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Cary, North Carolina

The Cary area is home to a handful of institutions with around 8,000 students or more. Almost all of the larger schools are 4-year schools.

  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (33,989 students)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (29,135 students)
  • Wake Technical Community College (21,384 students)
  • Duke University (15,856 students)
  • North Carolina Central University (7,687 students)

Lowest Net Price

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) calculates the average net cost for U.S. colleges and universities by taking the total cost of attendance and then subtracting the average amount of government or institutional financial aid that full-time undergrad students receive. The majority of schools in the Cary area had a net price that was less than $25,000 during the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • Durham Technical Community College ($6,630)
  • Wake Technical Community College ($9,094)
  • North Carolina Central University ($9,793)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ($10,785)
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh ($13,575)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates of schools in the Cary area for 2015 fall within a wide range. Graduation rates at the nationally ranked schools in the area are significantly higher than those at the local specialty and technical schools. The reported data from the NCES represents the overall graduation rates of full-time undergraduate students who began their studies in 2009 and graduated in 150% of the 'normal time' it takes to complete their degree program. At 4-year schools, the graduation rate indicates how many students finished bachelor's degree programs in six years.

  • Duke University (95% graduation rate)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (90% graduation rate)
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (75% graduation rate)
  • Meredith College (62% graduation rate)
  • Campbell University (53% graduation rate)

Proximity to downtown, size, graduation rates and net cost are just some of the criteria students can use to narrow down their public and private school options in the Cary, NC, area.

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