North Carolina Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in North Carolina

Are you thinking about heading out-of-state for college? With tuition costs for non-residents soaring, you might be missing out on a good deal by leaving North Carolina. After all, tourists from all over the world come to play at the state's golf courses, to drink wine at gorgeous wineries and to hit the pristine beaches. It's no wonder that North Carolina is the sixth most visited state in the country. But when it's time to hit the books, you'll find a wide range of two-year and four-year schools available to you. Whether you are interested in colleges in North Carolina like North Carolina State University in Raleigh or a private institution like North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, you'll find a variety of options to help you advance toward your academic and career needs.


Reaping the rewards of your North Carolina college education

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the state's main industries are advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, automotive, biopharmaceuticals, defense, energy, financial services, software and information technology and textiles. Upon graduation, there's also no place like home, especially for those with business/finance degrees. CNBC ranked North Carolina fourth on its list of "America's Top Places for Business" in 2010. You already know that Charlotte, with its vibrant nightlife, is a great place to visit. It's also a great place for employment, as it is the country's second-largest banking center--how cool is that? It's home to Bank of America as well as 15 other Fortune 500 companies such as Lowe's, Duke Energy, Goodrich and more. The Research Triangle Park (which takes its name from its location between the research institutions of North Carolina State in Raleigh, Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), is an enormous science and research park that is home to nearly 200 companies.

Some of the occupations with the highest number of openings in the state and the mean wages earned by workers in those fields included, according to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  1. Accountants and auditors: $66,100
  2. Elementary school teachers: $43,200
  3. Physicians and surgeons: $173,870
  4. Post-secondary teachers: $83,550
  5. Registered nurses: $60,260

There's nothing quite like going to college in your home state. You get to keep the same friends while making new ones at one of the universities in North Carolina. And how about being close enough for mom to do your laundry? You can't do that while living states away.

See also: North Carolina Vocational Schools and Career Training

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            Other Colleges & Universities in North Carolina

            Alamance Community College
            Graham, North Carolina www.alamancecc.edu
            Appalachian State University
            Boone, North Carolina www.appstate.edu
            Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
            Asheville, North Carolina www.abtech.edu
            Barton College
            Wilson, North Carolina www.barton.edu
            Beaufort County Community College
            Washington, North Carolina www.beaufortccc.edu
            Belmont Abbey College
            Belmont, North Carolina www.belmontabbeycollege.edu
            Bennett College for Women
            Greensboro, North Carolina www.bennett.edu
            Bladen Community College
            Dublin, North Carolina www.bladencc.edu
            Blue Ridge Community College
            Flat Rock, Brevard, North Carolina www.blueridge.edu
            Brevard College
            Brevard, North Carolina www.brevard.edu
            Brunswick Community College
            Supply, North Carolina www.brunswickcc.edu
            Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
            Concord, North Carolina www.cabarruscollege.edu
            Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
            Hudson, North Carolina www.cccti.edu
            Campbell University
            Buies Creek, North Carolina www.campbell.edu
            Cape Fear Community College
            Wilmington, North Carolina www.cfcc.edu
            Carolinas College of Health Sciences
            Charlotte, North Carolina www.carolinascollege.edu
            Carteret Community College
            Morehead City, North Carolina www.carteret.edu
            Catawba College
            Salisbury, North Carolina www.catawba.edu
            Catawba Valley Community College
            Hickory, North Carolina www.cvcc.edu
            Central Carolina Community College
            Sanford, Pittsboro, Lillington, Siler City, North Carolina www.cccc.edu
            Central Piedmont Community College
            Charlotte, North Carolina www.cpcc.edu
            Chowan University
            Murfreesboro, North Carolina www.chowan.edu
            Cleveland Community College
            Shelby, North Carolina www.clevelandcommunitycollege.edu
            Coastal Carolina Community College
            Jacksonville, North Carolina www.coastalcarolina.edu
            College of the Albemarle
            Elizabeth City, Manteo, Edenton, North Carolina www.albemarle.edu
            Craven Community College
            New Bern, North Carolina www.cravencc.edu
            Davidson College
            Davidson, North Carolina www.davidson.edu
            Duke University
            Durham, North Carolina www.duke.edu
            Durham Technical Community College
            Durham, North Carolina www.durhamtech.edu
            East Carolina University
            Greenville, North Carolina www.ecu.edu
            Edgecombe Community College
            Tarboro, Rocky Mount, North Carolina www.edgecombe.edu
            Elizabeth City State University
            Elizabeth City, North Carolina www.ecsu.edu
            Elon University
            Elon, North Carolina www.elon.edu
            Fayetteville State University
            Fayetteville, North Carolina www.uncfsu.edu
            Fayetteville Technical Community College
            Fayetteville, North Carolina www.faytechcc.edu
            Forsyth Technical Community College
            Winston Salem, North Carolina www.forsythtech.edu
            Gardner-Webb University
            Boiling Springs, North Carolina www.gardner-webb.edu
            Gaston College
            Dallas, North Carolina www.gaston.edu
            Greensboro College
            Greensboro, North Carolina www.greensborocollege.edu
            Guilford College
            Greensboro, North Carolina www.guilford.edu
            Guilford Technical Community College
            Jamestown, North Carolina www.gtcc.edu
            Halifax Community College
            Weldon, North Carolina www.halifaxcc.edu
            Haywood Community College
            Clyde, North Carolina www.haywood.edu
            Heritage Bible College
            Dunn, North Carolina www.heritagebiblecollege.org
            High Point University
            High Point, North Carolina www.highpoint.edu
            Isothermal Community College
            Spindale, North Carolina www.isothermal.edu
            James Sprunt Community College
            Kenansville, North Carolina www.jamessprunt.edu
            John Wesley College
            High Point, North Carolina www.johnwesley.edu
            Johnson C Smith University
            Charlotte, North Carolina www.jcsu.edu
            Johnston Community College
            Smithfield, Clayton, North Carolina www.johnstoncc.edu
            Lees-McRae College
            Banner Elk, North Carolina www.lmc.edu
            Lenoir Community College
            Kinston, Snow Hill, Trenton, North Carolina www.lenoircc.edu
            Lenoir-Rhyne College
            Hickory, North Carolina www.lr.edu
            Livingstone College
            Salisbury, North Carolina www.livingstone.edu
            Louisburg College
            Louisburg, North Carolina www.louisburg.edu
            Mars Hill College
            Mars Hill, North Carolina www.mhc.edu
            Martin Community College
            Williamston, North Carolina www.martincc.edu
            Mayland Community College
            Spruce Pine, North Carolina www.mayland.edu
            McDowell Technical Community College
            Marion, North Carolina www.mcdowelltech.edu
            Meredith College
            Raleigh, North Carolina www.meredith.edu
            Methodist University
            Fayetteville, North Carolina www.methodist.edu
            Mitchell Community College
            Statesville, North Carolina www.mitchellcc.edu
            Montgomery Community College
            Troy, North Carolina www.montgomery.edu
            Montreat College
            Montreat, North Carolina www.montreat.edu
            Mount Olive College
            Mount Olive, North Carolina www.moc.edu