Whatever you want from a university or college experience, North Carolina is bound to have something to offer you. Perhaps you have your heart set on a large, national institution like Duke University, or maybe you want to go somewhere more inconspicuous and specialized such as Catawba College. On the other hand, if spending more time outside the classroom than in it is appealing, it could be that Wake Forest University is more to your liking. Whatever the factors may be, the choices available are impressive. North Carolina offers over 52 four-year universities for students to select from, with many more community colleges and technical schools throughout the state. The following list is a compilation of some of the top-ranking universities in North Carolina. Among the information provided are the most up-to-date fees, annual admission rates, the age of each institution, the location and an overview of the kind of curricular and extracurricular activities that are available to students who enroll.
Duke University in North Carolina
Ranking at number eight among national universities, Duke University in Durham is certainly one of the most well-known institutions in the state. The university is one of the longest running in North Carolina, having been established in 1838. Annually, more than 6,000 students enroll here, and as of 2016, fees and tuition cost around $51, 265. It is a privately-owned university.
The rivalry between Duke University’s Blue Devils basketball team and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Tar Heels is long standing and central to the culture here. Furthermore, Duke has 10 colleges and schools offering undergraduate and graduate courses. The graduate courses at Duke University are particularly well-ranked and include Fuqua School of Business and Sanford School of Public Policy. It boasts several famous alumni including Ron Paul, the three-time running presidential candidate, and Carl Boozer, the professional basketball player.
Wake Forest University in North Carolina
Located in Winston-Salem and a short drive from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, this private institution has been in existence since 1834. It is made up of six schools. Wake Forest University offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with the annual undergraduate enrollment standing at approximately 5,000. As of 2016, fees and tuition cost $49,308.
Being equidistant from the beaches and the state’s snowy mountainous peaks, students of Wake Forest have access to great facilities from its location. If staying close to campus is more appealing, there are a host of sporting activities, including kayaking, sky gliding and dozens of athletic teams. Wake Forest is well known for its encouragement of overseas study, and as such has numerous study abroad grants available. Around 60 percent of the students study abroad during their time here.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
With a large annual intake of just over 18,000 undergraduates, Chapel Hill is a public institution in a suburban setting. For residents North Carolina, the yearly fees and tuition stand at $8,834. For those from outside the state the cost is $33,916 (all prices subject to change).
Also known as UNC, this is a good choice for those interested in having a wide range of student activities available. The selection includes a student-run newspaper and radio station. Chapel Hill is a highly regarded city and has much in the way of entertainment opportunities.
The Undergraduate College of Arts and Science is the largest of several schools on campus. Well-ranked graduate programs are also offered with a range of disciplines, and they include the School of Education, the School of Social Work and Kenan Flagler Business School. It is a state legal requirement that a minimum of 82 percent of the freshmen enrolled each year must be residents of North Carolina.
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
With a campus spanning 2,000 acres and annual enrollment of just over 24,000 undergraduates, North Carolina State University in Raleigh offers a city setting. It is also the biggest four-year college institution in North Carolina. The cost for 2016 fees and tuition was $26,399 for out-of-state students, whereas it was $8,880 for those who are residents of North Carolina. It is publicly run and has been established since 1887.
Given its size, the campus at North Carolina State University, also referred to as NC State, has much to offer those who attend, both on curricular and extracurricular levels. There are 100 programs for students to major in, over 400 organizations and clubs and a Greek community that accounts for 20 percent of the entire student body. Both graduate and undergraduate programs are offered here, among them being the engineering school which has received recognition for its work in the fields of biological and agricultural engineering.
University North Carolina, Charlotte
Ranked nationally, the University of North Carolina in Charlotte is a public institution which was founded in 1946. It boasts a suburban setting, a yearly student intake of around 22,000 and a campus spanning 1,000 acres. The fees and tuition for those who live in the state of North Carolina were $6, 617 in 2016, and $20,193 for those from out of state. Diversity and community are cited as two of the institution’s major values, and as such the university has a range of undergraduate and graduate programs and services. There are 350 student organizations, including 18 athletic clubs.