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Number of
4-year liberal arts colleges in North Carolina

30,269

Students attending
4-year liberal arts colleges in North Carolina

$25,375

Average
in-state tuition

$27,399

Average
out-of-state tuition

Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

34 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

Total undergraduates: 6,626
Acceptance rate: 59%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $29,900
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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

Total undergraduates: 2,530
Acceptance rate: 51%
Average annual cost: $23,624
Average salary: $37,100
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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

617 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

Lees-McRae educates and inspires students to approach life and work from a creative, collaborative, and critical perspective in preparation for diverse careers and environments.

Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

Total undergraduates: 1,033
Acceptance rate: 63%
Average annual cost: $24,251
Average salary: $33,000
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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Methodist University

Fayetteville, NC

Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Methodist University

Fayetteville, NC

Total undergraduates: 2,461
Acceptance rate: 54%
Average annual cost: $30,543
Average salary: $38,700
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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

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

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, NC

Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, NC

Total undergraduates: 3,251
Acceptance rate: 47%
Average annual cost: $15,063
Average salary: $37,000
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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, NC

485 Forbes

Top liberal arts 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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Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Wingate University

Wingate, NC

Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private, comprehensive liberal arts university that is home to more than 3,000 students. Wingate University blends in-class learning with out-of-class application, offering 35 undergraduate majors, 38 minors and career concentrations. With a 14-to-1 student : teacher ratio, Wingate cultivates leadership, service

Top liberal arts colleges in North Carolina 2018

Wingate University

Wingate, NC

Total undergraduates: 2,173
Acceptance rate: 69%
Average annual cost: $17,307
Average salary: $40,400
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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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