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Graduate Schools in North Carolina

North Carolina is home to nearly 60 colleges and universities that offer graduate programs. See what a variety of non-specialty schools have to offer in terms of size, location, cost and more to decide where you want to attend.

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There are 57 graduate schools in North Carolina. To help you make the best decision on where to enroll, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides information on student populations, graduation rates, tuition costs, and proximity to large cities for the institutions in the state.

North Carolina Graduate Schools Near Large Cities

Living within a large city can be appealing to many students. Luckily, there are a number of options for those wishing to have this kind of experience as a graduate student in North Carolina. The NCES provides a list of schools in the state along with which large cities they reside in. A few examples would be:

  • Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte)
  • Shaw University (Raleigh)
  • North Carolina A & T State University (Greensboro)
  • Meredith College (Raleigh)
  • Greensboro College (Greensboro)

Largest Schools in North Carolina

A larger student population often goes hand in hand with a more diverse amount of services and activities provided on a college campus. There are several very large schools within the state, many of which having well over 10,000 students and reaching as high as 34,000. The NCES records the 2015 student enrollment data for all the major schools in the area, making these five the largest graduate program offering schools in North Carolina.

  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (34,015)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (29,084)
  • East Carolina University (28,289)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte (27,983)
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro (19,393)

Lowest Average Graduate Tuition

Graduating with a lot of debt is something all college students want to avoid. Financial aid, graduate assistantships and fellowships can help reduce the monetary burden but usually do not eliminate it. For this reason, finding an institution that fits students' budgets is often a major priority. The following schools have some of the lowest average in-state graduate tuition and fees of the area universities, according to 2015-2016 data from the NCES.

  • Elizabeth City State University ($5,052)
  • Fayetteville State University ($5,333)
  • Winston-Salem State University ($6,227)
  • North Carolina A & T State University ($7,047)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte ($7,032)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES uses the number of full-time students who entered degree or certificate programs in fall 2009 and completed them within 150% of normal time to find a school's graduate rate. Although these figures are based solely on undergrads, they still provide some insight into the schools' overall education quality. With that in mind, these are the five highest undergraduate graduation rates of 2015 for schools offering graduate programs in North Carolina.

  • Duke University (95%)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (90%)
  • Wake Forest University (88%)
  • Elon University (83%)
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (75%)

With a high number of public and private graduate schools available in North Carolina, it is best to keep in mind factors like tuition costs, graduation rates, student populations, and locations to make the best decision.

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