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Number of
4-year colleges in North Carolina

312,892

Students attending
4-year colleges in North Carolina

$18,765

Average
in-state tuition

$21,568

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

315 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

Total undergraduates: 17,811
Acceptance rate: 68%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $36,800
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

34 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,959
Acceptance rate: 20%
Average annual cost: $27,897
Average salary: $54,600
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Duke University

Durham, NC

8 Forbes
Younger than most other prestigious colleges, Duke's schools of business, divinity, engineering, environment, law, medicine, nursing, and public policy consistently rank among the very best.

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Duke University

Durham, NC

Total undergraduates: 7,184
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average annual cost: $19,950
Average salary: $77,900
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Elon University

Elon, NC

150 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Elon University

Elon, NC

Total undergraduates: 6,214
Acceptance rate: 60%
Average annual cost: $34,168
Average salary: $49,000
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

High Point University

High Point, NC

467 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

High Point University

High Point, NC

Total undergraduates: 4,608
Acceptance rate: 79%
Average annual cost: $38,317
Average salary: $38,200
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

155 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

Total undergraduates: 26,961
Acceptance rate: 47%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $49,300
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

347 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

Total undergraduates: 16,060
Acceptance rate: 71%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $39,600
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

68 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

Total undergraduates: 19,429
Acceptance rate: 26%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $54,100
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

60 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Total undergraduates: 5,068
Acceptance rate: 30%
Average annual cost: $23,826
Average salary: $60,200
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC

412 Forbes

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC

Total undergraduates: 695
Acceptance rate: 81%
Average annual cost: $26,713
Average salary: $27,000
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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