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120 Colleges
26,207 Yearly Graduations
$46,540 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,995 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly business graduations, North Carolina is ranked #10 in the country with 26,207 degrees handed out in 2019. North Carolina colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $11,635 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $16,242 per year.

An estimated 47% of college students in North Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,499 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,006 Yearly Degrees
$8,980 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is 29,877, of which 19,154 students are undergraduates and of those, 18,528 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The acceptance rate at UNC Chapel Hill is 24%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

28% of UNC Chapel Hill students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,478 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNC Chapel Hill is $41,000.

#2

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,719 Yearly Degrees
$57,931 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,649 undergraduates at Duke, of which 6,597 are full-time, and there are 16,686 students altogether. It takes the average Duke undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

Only 10% of students who apply get accepted. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

25% of Duke students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,502 a year. Duke has a 0.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $76,300 during the early-career years.

#3

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,671 Yearly Degrees
$2,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wake Technical Community College is 22,003, which includes 7,362 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

22% of Wake Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,995 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,500 during the early-career years.

#4

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,488 Yearly Degrees
$9,101 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 36,304 students at NC State in total, 25,973 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 22,820 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at NC State. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 51%. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

47% of NC State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,809 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $41,200 during the early-career years.

#5

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,458 Yearly Degrees
$6,905 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,070 undergraduates at UNC Charlotte, of which 20,877 are full-time, and there are 29,615 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNC Charlotte is 4.6 years.

About 66% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at UNC Charlotte take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,025 a year. UNC Charlotte has a 6.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNC Charlotte is $35,900.

#6

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,223 Yearly Degrees
$7,238 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,081 undergraduates at ECU, of which 19,204 are full-time, and there are 28,651 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at ECU is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,407 a year. ECU has a 5.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ECU is $34,900.

#7

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,170 Yearly Degrees
$7,409 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 17,518 undergraduates at Appalachian State, of which 16,622 are full-time, and there are 19,280 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Appalachian State. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

51% of Appalachian State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,519 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Appalachian State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
887 Yearly Degrees
$7,181 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Wilmington is 17,499, of which 14,785 students are undergraduates and of those, 12,480 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at UNCW. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Roughly 54% of students at UNCW take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,990 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UNCW with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
872 Yearly Degrees
$55,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wake Forest University is 8,495, of which 5,287 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,240 are full-time. For undergraduates at Wake Forest University, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

About 28% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

23% of Wake Forest University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $10,879 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $51,100 during the early-career years.

#10

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
798 Yearly Degrees
$2,544 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,021 students at FTCC in total, 4,646 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from FTCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
792 Yearly Degrees
$7,403 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,581 undergraduates at UNC Greensboro, of which 14,007 are full-time, and there are 20,196 students altogether. It takes the average UNC Greensboro undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

67% of UNC Greensboro students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,724 a year. UNC Greensboro has a 6.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNC Greensboro is $32,100.

#12

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
784 Yearly Degrees
$36,571 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Elon University is 7,088, of which 6,277 students are undergraduates and of those, 6,079 are full-time. Elon has a freshman retention rate of 89%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 34% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,566 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Elon with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
675 Yearly Degrees
$4,277 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,469 undergraduates at WCU, of which 8,934 are full-time, and there are 12,167 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WCU is 4.4 years.

About 39% of students who apply get accepted. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at WCU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,190 a year. WCU has a 6.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,900 during the early-career years.

#14

Strayer University - North Carolina

Morrisville, North Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
540 Yearly Degrees
$13,515 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Strayer University - North Carolina is 6,318, of which 5,333 students are undergraduates and of those, 212 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 47 to 1.

Roughly 44% of students at Strayer University - North Carolina take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $9,195 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Strayer University - North Carolina is $33,100.

#15

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
453 Yearly Degrees
$2,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,790 full-time undergraduates at Central Piedmont Community College, and 18,646 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

1% of Central Piedmont Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,982 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Central Piedmont Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

High Point University

High Point, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
436 Yearly Degrees
$36,268 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,591 undergraduates at High Point, of which 4,557 are full-time, and there are 5,330 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at High Point is 4.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

Approximately 50% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $11,693 a year. High Point has a 3.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,900 during the early-career years.

#17

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
339 Yearly Degrees
$34,630 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,980 undergraduates at Campbell, of which 3,257 are full-time, and there are 6,185 students altogether. It takes the average Campbell undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

87% of Campbell students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,670 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Campbell is $34,900.

#18

Wayne Community College

Goldsboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
322 Yearly Degrees
$2,524 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,948 students at Wayne Community College in total, 1,345 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 2% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $12,143 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wayne Community College is $21,100.

#19

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
319 Yearly Degrees
$31,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,886 students at North Carolina Wesleyan College in total, 1,822 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,600 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

About 53% of students who apply get accepted. Around 62% of accepted students are men, and 38% are women.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,458 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from North Carolina Wesleyan College is $30,800.

#20

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
308 Yearly Degrees
$2,319 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,347 full-time undergraduates at Guilford Technical Community College, and 11,070 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 33% of students at Guilford Technical Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,498 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Guilford Technical Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
292 Yearly Degrees
$2,282 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,734 students at DCCC in total, 1,423 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

15% of DCCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,515 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DCCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
291 Yearly Degrees
$21,194 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,612 undergraduates at UMO, of which 1,494 are full-time, and there are 2,805 students altogether. It takes the average UMO undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 49%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

72% of UMO students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,716 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UMO is $34,500.

#23

Gaston College

Dallas, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
260 Yearly Degrees
$2,704 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,416 full-time undergraduates at Gaston College, and 5,655 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Students who graduate from Gaston College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
246 Yearly Degrees
$5,274 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,644 undergraduates at Fayetteville State University, of which 4,071 are full-time, and there are 6,551 students altogether. For undergraduates at Fayetteville State University, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

About 68% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Fayetteville State University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,515 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Fayetteville State University is $24,800.

#25

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
226 Yearly Degrees
$31,850 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Gardner - Webb University is 3,518, of which 1,999 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,632 are full-time. For undergraduates at Gardner - Webb, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

About 53% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Approximately 60% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,261 a year. Gardner - Webb has a 7.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Gardner - Webb with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other North Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Pitt Community College 218
26 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College 218
28 North Carolina A & T State University 205
29 Queens University of Charlotte 189
30 Wilson Community College 183
31 Mitchell Community College 174
32 Isothermal Community College 171
33 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 170
34 Catawba Valley Community College 166
35 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College 162
36 Meredith College 161
36 Wingate University 161
38 Methodist University 153
38 North Carolina Central University 153
40 Lenoir - Rhyne University 125
41 Randolph Community College 122
41 Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte 122
43 Lenoir Community College 119
44 Edgecombe Community College 118
45 Central Carolina Community College 117
46 Winston - Salem State University 112
47 Belmont Abbey College 110
48 Alamance Community College 102
49 University of North Carolina at Asheville 100
49 Wilkes Community College 100
51 Southwestern Community College 99
52 Forsyth Technical Community College 97
53 Blue Ridge Community College 92
54 Pfeiffer University 90
55 Richmond Community College 89
56 Johnston Community College 87
57 Haywood Community College 80
58 Catawba College 77
59 Cape Fear Community College 76
60 Davidson College 75
61 Miller-Motte College Wilmington 74
62 James Sprunt Community College 73
62 Coastal Carolina Community College 73
64 Durham Technical Community College 68
65 Surry Community College 66
66 Montreat College 65
66 William Peace University 65
66 Nash Community College 65
69 Barton College 62
70 Beaufort County Community College 58
71 Johnson C Smith University 56
72 Stanly Community College 55
72 Sampson Community College 55
72 DeVry University - North Carolina 55
75 Mars Hill University 51
75 Guilford College 51
77 Vance-Granville Community College 46
77 Sandhills Community College 46
79 St. Andrews University 42
80 Salem College 40
81 Craven Community College 39
82 Halifax Community College 38
83 University of Phoenix - North Carolina 37
83 Robeson Community College 37
85 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 36
85 Chowan University 36
87 Bladen Community College 35
87 Livingstone College 35
89 Elizabeth City State University 34
90 South Piedmont Community College 33
91 Piedmont International University 32
91 Pamlico Community College 32
93 Cleveland Community College 30
94 Montgomery Community College 29
95 Shaw University 28
95 Greensboro College 28
97 College of the Albemarle 27
97 Piedmont Community College 27
99 Carteret Community College 26
99 Rockingham Community College 26
101 Lees - McRae College 25
101 Roanoke-Chowan Community College 25
103 Brunswick Community College 24
104 Western Piedmont Community College 23
105 Brevard College 18
106 McDowell Technical Community College 14
106 Saint Augustine’s University 14
108 Southeastern Community College 13
109 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 12
110 Bennett College 10
110 Louisburg College 10
112 Mayland Community College 9
113 Martin Community College 8
113 Tri-County Community College 8
115 Miller-Motte College Jacksonville 7
116 South University, High Point 3
116 Mid-Atlantic Christian University 3
118 Warren Wilson College 1
118 Southeastern Free Will Baptist Bible College 1
120 Southeastern Institute - Charlotte 0

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