Morrisville, North Carolina (NC) Colleges and Universities

There are about 30 schools within the Morrisville area. Read about the schools with most program variety, highest graduation rates, lowest student-faculty ratios and lowest costs to find the school for you.

School Ranking Overview

Aspiring Morrisville-area students who want to pursue a local college education have plenty of options. Since most students are likely to attend a traditional college or university offering numerous fields of study, this article focuses on those school types. We specifically profile seven public or private non-profit institutions near Morrisville, and the top three choices are ranked in the following categories:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

Morrisville is located in the middle of North Carolina's 'Research Triangle,' which is home to several well-known universities. While there are only two for-profit schools in the city itself, Morrisville is just a half-hour's drive from many of these schools. The three leading universities in the Morrisville area for program variety are as follows.

1 - North Carolina State University at Raleigh

The main campus of North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, is the largest in the state, with close to 35,000 students and approximately 170 different academic programs available. The university's engineering programs are popular among students - the National Center for Education Statistics reports that engineering fields accounted for the most bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees conferred in 2011-12. Biology, business administration, computer science, psychology and accounting were other leading programs at N.C. State that year.

2 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill campus of University of North Carolina offers about 144 different undergraduate and graduate programs to its student population of around 29,000. NCES statistics show that psychology, biology, political science, media studies, economics, nursing, business administration and physical education were the most popular programs among bachelor's degree recipients in 2011-12. Business administration was the most popular master's program by far, followed by health care administration, social work, accounting, library science and nursing.

3 - North Carolina Central University

A public college located in Durham, North Carolina Central University offers about 89 programs for students to choose from. Students can earn bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees at this school, in addition to post-graduate certificates. In 2011-12, the most popular bachelor's degree program was in family and consumer sciences followed by criminal justice studies. At the master's level, 89 students were awarded degrees in library and information science, which was the most popular program at that level. All of the school's 165 doctoral awards were conferred to law students in that year.

Lowest Net Price

NCES approximates the net price of attending most schools in the country by subtracting the total amount of financial aid given at a school from the total cost for attending that school. Four traditional schools in the Morrisville area had net prices below $10,000 in the 2010-11 school year, including the three traditional schools with the lowest net prices listed below.

1 - Durham Technical Community College

Durham's 2-year public college offers certificates and associate's degrees in about 59 areas of study. It had a net price of $4,283 in 2010-11. Though this school was the most cost-effective school in the region, that price represented a large increase from the $2,610 it cost to attend the college in 2008-09. In 2010-11, 71% of incoming students received financial aid, all through federal or state/local grants and scholarships; the average amount of grant or scholarship aid received by incoming students was $5,720. Tuition for in-state residents in the 2012-13 school year was $1,840, while out-of-state tuition was $6,388.

2 - North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University had an average net price of $6,682 to attend the school in 2010-11. This, too, marked an increase over 2008-09's rate of $5,700. Among incoming students, 98% received some form of financial aid, with the average new student receiving $9,618 in scholarship or grant aid. Scholarships and grants from the university were handed out to 64% of incoming students.

3 - Wake Technical Community College

A 2-year public college also located in Raleigh, Wake Technical Community College is attended by over 19,000 students and offers about 89 certificate and associate's programs. The net price of attending Wake Technical Community College in 2010-11 was $7,223 and, unlike the first two schools profiled in this category, the price of attending the school dropped in recent years ($12,759 in 2008-09; $9,056 in 2009-10). In 2010-11, 65% of first-time students received financial aid; only 3% received scholarships from the college, however. For all undergraduates, 38% received an average amount of $4,416 in scholarship or grant aid. Wake's tuition rate sits at $2,380 for in-state students and $8,524 for out-of-state students, as of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates can indicate student satisfaction and the level of academic success that can be found at a given school. NCES calculates overall graduation rates by keeping track of the percentage of students who graduate from a degree program within 150% of the normal time it should take to be completed. For 4-year schools, 150% of normal time is equal to six years. The three schools below all rate the highest in this category among traditional schools in the Morrisville area, according to NCES statistics; these rates are for students who began studying in the fall of 2005.

1 - Duke University

Located in Durham, Duke University is a private not-for-profit university that offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. It had a 6-year graduation rate of 94% and a 4-year graduation rate of 89%. Females graduated within six years 96% of the time and men weren't far behind with a 92% graduation rate. In addition, 97% of the students who started at Duke in 2010 returned to the university for their second year.

2 - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

At UNC, 89% of students graduated within six years and 75% graduated within four years. Both stats represent increases over the 85% and 72% of 2003 first-time students who graduated within six and four years, respectively. Like Duke, 97% of full-time, first-time students in 2010 returned to Chapel Hill in 2011.

3 - North Carolina State University at Raleigh

N.C. State's 6-year graduation rate was 72% and its 4-year rate was 41%. An additional 10% of students transferred out of the university within six years. Among students who started in the fall of 2010, 89% of full-time and 55% of part-time students returned for classes in the fall of 2011.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Student-faculty ratios and class size statistics are useful indicators of the amount of individual attention a student is likely to receive at a given institution of higher learning. Traditional schools in this area all had student-faculty ratios of 21:1 or lower. Among these, two private not-for-profit colleges and a two-year public college account for the three lowest student-faculty ratios in the Morrisville area.

1 - Duke University

The student-faculty ratio at Duke is a very low 7:1. U.S. News & World Report indicates that 71.6% of classes had fewer than 20 students and only 6% had 50 or more students in 2011. Roughly two out of every three full-time faculty members were male, but the part-time faculty gender distribution is split almost exactly down the middle, according to U.S. News.

2 - Durham Technical Community College

Durham Tech's student-faculty ratio comes in close behind Duke at 9:1. The school's website states that as of October 2012, the school employed 160 full-time faculty members. An additional 389 individuals were employed as part-time instructors.

3 - Meredith College

An all-female, private not-for-profit college located in Raleigh, Meredith College currently has a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. U.S. News & World Report notes that there are no classes at the college with 50 or more students, while 61.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students and the remaining classes have between 20 and 49 students. Reflecting its all-female student body, 66.9% of full-time faculty members and 75.6% of part-time instructors were women in 2011, according to U.S. News.

Morrisville Area Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Programs Offered Area Ranking
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate certificates Highest Graduation Rate,
Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Durham Technical Community College Durham, NC 2-year, public Less-than-1-year and 1- to 2-year certificates; associate's degrees Lowest Net Price,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Meredith College Raleigh, NC 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's and master's degrees; post-baccalaureate certificates 3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
North Carolina Central University Durham, NC 4-year, public Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate certificates 2nd Lowest Net Price,
3rd Most Program Variety
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC 4-year, public Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates Most Program Variety,
3rd Highest Graduation Rate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, public 1- to 2-year certificates; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates 2nd Program Variety,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC 2-year, public Less-than-1-year and 1-to 2-year certificates; associate's degrees 3rd Lowest Net Price

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