Colleges in Charlotte, NC: Overview of Schools

There are nearly 40 colleges and universities within 25 miles of Charlotte, NC. The schools have been organized into four categories to help you make an informed decision about which ones are right for you.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, is home to four-year universities and colleges, along with community colleges. In an effort to help students find the right school, we've compiled list containing traditional or non-specialty schools into statistical categories via data from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Charlotte, NC

The closest schools in and around Charlotte offer potential students the chance to attend a variety on institutions. There are 4-year public and private schools, in addition to 2-year public and private schools.

  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (Charlotte)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte)
  • Carolinas College of Health Sciences (Charlotte)
  • Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte)
  • Johnson C Smith University (Charlotte)

Largest Schools Near Charlotte, NC

The largest schools near Charlotte offer students the opportunity to attend colleges with more than 19,000 students, as of fall 2015. There are also slightly smaller student populations, around 1,400 - 2,300 students.

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (27,983 students)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (19,394 students)
  • Gaston College (5,582 students)
  • Queens University of Charlotte (2,286 students)
  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (2,218 students)

Lowest Net Price

The following net prices from the NCES show the average cost of attendance, for 2014-2014, which is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid from the total expenses (including tuition and fees plus room and board). These schools had the lowest net prices in the area for full-time undergraduates.

  • Central Piedmont Community College ($6,892)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte ($8,761)
  • Gaston College ($10,841)
  • Johnson C Smith University ($18,953)
  • Davidson College ($22,865)

Highest Graduation Rate

When comparing schools, the graduation rates can be helpful in getting insight into their educational quality. The NCES bases the graduation rate for a college or university on full-time undergraduate students pursuing their first degree or certificate. The following schools had the highest graduation rate for students who entered into their 4-year programs in 2009 and 2-year programs in 2012.

  • Davidson College (93% graduation rate)
  • Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (58% graduation rate)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (53% graduation rate)
  • Queens University of Charlotte (53% graduation rate)
  • Johnson C Smith University (46% graduation rate)

With the exception of a few 2-year public colleges, overall, 4-year colleges and universities dominate the Charlotte, NC, academic scene, and have all been categorized into crucial criteria for your consideration, such as graduation rates and net costs.

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