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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

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

10 US News

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

9 US News
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

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

160 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

Total undergraduates: 2,050
Acceptance rate: 60%
Average annual cost: $26,606
Average salary: $36,200
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

163 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,789
Acceptance rate: 60%
Average annual cost: $25,597
Average salary: $36,500
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

81 US News

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

Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

117 US News
Salem College, a liberal arts college for women, values its students as individuals, develops their unique potential, and prepares them to change the world.

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

Total undergraduates: 968
Acceptance rate: 56%
Average annual cost: $17,013
Average salary: $32,300
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, NC

141 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, NC

Total undergraduates: 3,858
Acceptance rate: 75%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $34,200
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

30 US News

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

27 US News

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

160 US News

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).

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