Raleigh, North Carolina (NC) Colleges and Universities

North Carolina's capital of Raleigh has 12 schools offering programs and another 21 institutions within 25 miles of the city. To help you narrow down your options, learn about the area's traditional, non-specialty colleges and universities in categories such as lowest net price and highest graduation rate.

The area of Raleigh, NC, is home to a variety of schools, including a technical community college; a number of private, not-for-profit 4-year institutions; and a public 4-year institution with a wide range of program options. The information presented here draws on the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to help students find the right college or university to meet their needs.

Closest Schools to Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh has several traditional schools close to downtown. Most of the closest schools are 4-year institutions, but there are a few 2-year schools available.

  • Shaw University (located downtown)
  • Saint Augustine's University (2.9 miles from downtown)
  • Meredith College (4.2 miles from downtown)
  • Strayer University-South Raleigh Campus (4.5 miles from downtown)
  • Wake Technical Community College (4.5 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Raleigh, North Carolina

The majority of the larger institutions near Raleigh are public schools, with a couple private schools mixed in. The 4-year schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (33,989 students)
  • Wake Technical Community College (21,384 students)
  • Duke University (15,856 students)
  • North Carolina Central University (7,687 students)
  • Durham Technical Community College (5,035 students)

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Lowest Net Price

To graduate with the lowest amount of debt possible, students should consider schools with a low net price. Net price is determined by subtracting the average amount of government and institutional aid from the total cost of attendance for a full-time undergraduate. Overall, the net prices for 2014-2015 in the area ranged from about $6,500 to over $26,000.

  • Johnston Community College ($6,501)
  • Durham Technical Community College ($6,630)
  • Wake Technical Community College ($9,094)
  • North Carolina Central University ($9,793)
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh ($13,575)

Highest Graduation Rate

A school's graduation rate is indicative of its success. The following traditional Raleigh-area schools have some of the highest overall graduation rates for 2015, which is determined by the percentage of full-time undergrad students who graduation within 150% of 'normal time', or 6 years for a bachelor's degree, according to NCES.

  • Duke University (95% graduation rate)
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh (75% graduation rate)
  • Living Arts College (63% graduation rate)
  • Meredith College (62% graduation rate)
  • William Peace University (43% graduation rate)

The Raleigh, NC, area offers multiple 2-year and 4-year private or public institutions with a range of graduation rates, prices, sizes, and locations to meet the needs of interested students.


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