North Carolina Colleges

North Carolina made history by opening the first public university in the United States, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Today the state boasts over 200 colleges including many public schools under the University of North Carolina System. Several colleges in North Carolina are well-known historically black colleges and universities such as North Carolina A & T State University, North Carolina Central University and Winston-Salem State University. After UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University located in nearby Raleigh-Durham and Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem are probably the most well-known schools in the state. Many top North Carolina colleges are located in Asheville, Greensboro and the state’s capital Charlotte as well. Nearly 60 community colleges of the North Carolina community college system as well as many career colleges located throughout the state as well.

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North Carolina College and Degree Offerings

Made up of an array of public and private, 2-year and 4-year school, North Carolina colleges offer a multitude of programs and degrees. While private liberal art schools Davidson College and Salem College are two of the most competitive colleges in North Carolina, the University of North Carolina, Asheville, University of North Carolina, Wilmington and Appalachian State University all offer public school bachelors degree and masters degree programs of similar caliber. For art and technology degrees, public schools University of North Carolina School of the Arts and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University provide top options. Certificate program options and 2-year career training degrees are available at many community colleges and career colleges in North Carolina as well.

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To provide you with the most accurate and helpful facts, our Top 10 Most Popular results are based on a combination of program or major graduation data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education, and the popularity of a school on our web site.

North Carolina Career Opportunities

From capital city Charlotte to the college towns of Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill, career opportunities in the state give graduates of North Carolina colleges a reason to stick around. Charlotte is one of the largest banking centers in the US, second only to New York City, with Bank of America and Wells Fargo providing employment to many residents. Careers in Accounting & Related Services, Finance and Administrative Services are available. Research facilities at many of the top universities provide work to Psychology, Medical Assistant Professions, Education and Teaching and Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer employees. You’ll find many beauty and spa service career colleges in North Carolina and careers in Barbering/Barber and Cosmetology/Cosmetologist are popular. Also in demand are Legal Assistant/Paralegal and Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement professionals.