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Number of
4-year colleges in North Carolina

289,522

Students attending
4-year colleges in North Carolina

$18,796

Average
in-state tuition

$21,600

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

10 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,810
Acceptance rate: 20%
Average annual cost: $28,339
Average salary: $54,600
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

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 2020

Duke University

Durham, NC

Total undergraduates: 6,696
Acceptance rate: 9%
Average annual cost: $22,011
Average salary: $77,900
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

160 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,674
Acceptance rate: 90%
Average annual cost: $25,119
Average salary: $36,200
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

163 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,682
Acceptance rate: 68%
Average annual cost: $25,276
Average salary: $36,500
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

81 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

Total undergraduates: 24,150
Acceptance rate: 51%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $49,300
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

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 2020

Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

Total undergraduates: 824
Acceptance rate: 56%
Average annual cost: $18,218
Average salary: $32,300
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, NC

141 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, NC

Total undergraduates: 3,826
Acceptance rate: 80%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $34,200
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

30 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

Total undergraduates: 18,862
Acceptance rate: 24%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $54,100
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

27 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Total undergraduates: 5,102
Acceptance rate: 27%
Average annual cost: $23,986
Average salary: $60,200
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Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC

160 US News

Best colleges in North Carolina 2020

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC

Total undergraduates: 589
Acceptance rate: 79%
Average annual cost: $29,477
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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