Charlotte, North Carolina (NC) Colleges and Universities

There are 13 not-for-profit colleges and universities within 25 miles of Charlotte, North Carolina (NC). Check out information on public and private not-for-profit schools separated into categories key to the considerations involved in finding out the best college options for you.

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Learn about the graduation rates, student populations, net tuition, and proximity to Charlotte of the schools surrounding your city. These important factors can help you figure out the schools that make the most sense for you. All of the statistics listed have been calculated and reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Charlotte, North Carolina

There are several schools located right in the city of Charlotte at various distances from downtown. Most of these schools are community colleges or private not-for-profit universities. The only school located directly in downtown is Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte, a private not-for-profit school which also has the highest graduation rate of full-time undergraduate students in the city at 58%. The next closest colleges to downtown Charlotte include:

  • Central Piedmont Community College (1.3 miles from downtown)
  • Queens University of Charlotte (2.8 miles from downtown)
  • Johnson C. Smith University (4.5 miles from downtown)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (8.5 miles from downtown)
  • Gaston College (20.2 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools near Charlotte, North Carolina

The schools around Charlotte are located in predominantly urban settings, though few have especially large student populations. The largest college is University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a local university 8.5 miles from downtown with 27,238 students in attendance. This is also the only four-year public university option within 25 miles of the city. The next largest surrounding colleges are:

  • Central Piedmont Community College (19,957 students)
  • Gaston College (5,777 students)
  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (2,255 students)
  • Queens University of Charlotte (2,248 students)
  • Davidson College (1,170 students)

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Lowest Net Price

Net price is helpful for determining how much you'll still need to pay for college after receiving financial aid. The numbers discussed in this section apply exclusively to full-time undergraduate students and are taken from 2014-205 school year. The college with the lowest net price near Charlotte is Central Piedmont Community College, where the average net cost is $6,892. 70% of the school's students are typically granted financial aid. The next least expensive options near Charlotte include:

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte ($8,761)
  • Gaston College ($10,841)
  • Cabarrus College of Health Sciences ($12,426)
  • Johnson C. Smith College ($18,953)
  • Davidson College ($22,865)

Highest Graduation Rate

The rates detailed in this section apply only to full-time undergraduate students and are calculated based on 150% of the typical time required to complete a program. Davidson College has by far the best graduation rates of schools around Charlotte, with 93% of their students reaching this goal successfully. This school is a small private not-for-profit option with a low student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. This college is also one of the few options close to Charlotte located in a suburban setting instead of an urban one, so those seeking a quieter location may be more interested. The next highest graduation rates in the area belong to:

  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (58%)
  • Queens University of Charlotte (53%)
  • University of North Caroline at Charlotte (53%)
  • Johnson C. Smith University (46%)
  • Belmont Abbey College (43%)

Students looking to stay around Charlotte for their college experience have many close options to consider, especially when it comes to community colleges and private not-for-profit universities.

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