North Carolina (NC) Colleges and Universities

There are more than 200 schools within North Carolina. Read about the schools with the most program variety, lowest net prices, highest graduation rates, and lowest student-faculty ratios to find the school for you.

Need information about colleges and universities in North Carolina? Consider our list of school superlatives, compiled with data from the National Center for Education Statistics, to get an idea of the quality of schools offered in North Carolina.

North Carolina Schools Near Large Cities

Students in North Carolina have a variety of schools and programs to choose from throughout the state. If having access to the conveniences and attractions of a large city is important to you, consider some of the schools below for good large-city proximity.

  • Catawba College (Salisbury)
  • Davidson College (Davidson)
  • Duke University (Durham)
  • Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro)

Largest Schools in North Carolina

At the largest schools in North Carolina, student population ranges from under 2,000 to well over 20,000 students. Not only can you find a wide variance in the number of students, but they are represented by a mix of 2- and 4-year, public and private schools.

  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (24,111 undergraduates)
  • Central Piedmont Community College (19,394 undergraduates)
  • North Carolina A&T State University (9,353 undergraduates)
  • Duke University (6,639 undergraduates)
  • Meredith College (1,679 undergraduates)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average amount of financial aid an in-state beginning student receives from the total cost of attending the school. Considering an institution's net price can help students determine the amount of debt they may end up with by the time they graduate. Schools in North Carolina have a wide range of net prices, with the lowest school featuring a figure below $2,400, and the highest totaling more than $41,000. The following five schools have the lowest net prices of traditional schools in the state.

  • Elizabeth City State College ($2,345)
  • Roanoke-Chowan Community College ($2,396)
  • Wayne Community College ($2,955)
  • Halifax Community College ($3,375)
  • Forsyth Technical Community College ($3,686)

Highest Graduation Rate

An institution's graduation rate is the percentage of first-time undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of 'normal time'. For example, 150% of the normal time to complete a bachelor's degree program would be six years. The graduation rates at North Carolina schools vary widely; some non-traditional schools have graduation rates of 100%, while other schools feature rates in the single digits. The five schools below have the highest rate among traditional schools in the state.

  • Duke University (95% graduation rate)
  • Davidson College (93% graduation rate)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (90% graduation rate)
  • Wake Forest University (88% graduation rate)
  • Elon University (83% graduation rate)

Students looking for colleges and universities in North Carolina have a wealth of opportunities among top 2-year and 4-year schools.

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