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139 Colleges
118,218 Yearly Graduations
$45,555 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,983 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, North Carolina is ranked #12 in the country with 118,218 degrees handed out in 2018. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $11,389 per year to get their degree at a college in North Carolina, while out of state students will pay an average of $15,686 per year.

About 49% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,496 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
9,413 Yearly Degrees
$10,243 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 18,303 full-time undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill, and 29,911 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at UNC Chapel Hill is 96%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

This a very selective school with only 24% of students getting accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 28% of students at UNC Chapel Hill take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,478 a year. UNC Chapel Hill has a 1.5% 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 Chapel Hill is $41,000.

#2

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
9,235 Yearly Degrees
$8,917 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 34,432 students at NC State in total, 21,384 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NC State is 4.4 years.

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

47% of NC State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,809 a year. NC State has a 2.8% 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 NC State is $41,200.

#3

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
7,414 Yearly Degrees
$4,337 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 20,597 full-time undergraduates at UNC Charlotte, and 29,317 students altogether. It takes the average UNC Charlotte undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

58% of UNC Charlotte students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,025 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UNC Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
6,700 Yearly Degrees
$4,749 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 29,131 students at ECU in total, 19,999 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at ECU is 4.5 years.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,407 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#5

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
6,083 Yearly Degrees
$53,540 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 16,130 students at Duke in total, 6,669 of which are full-time undergraduates. Duke has a freshman retention rate of 97%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

This a very selective school with only 10% of students getting accepted. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,502 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Duke with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $76,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
4,883 Yearly Degrees
$4,839 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Appalachian State University is 18,811, of which 16,071 students are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at Appalachian State is 89%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 37% 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 4.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Appalachian State is $33,000.

#7

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
4,524 Yearly Degrees
$4,719 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Wilmington is 16,487, of which 12,346 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at UNCW. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

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

54% of UNCW students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,990 a year. UNCW has a 3.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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.

#8

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
4,452 Yearly Degrees
$5,219 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Greensboro is 19,922, of which 14,136 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at UNC Greensboro, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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 typical student loan amount is $5,724 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UNC Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,941 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Wake Technical Community College is 22,494, of which 7,709 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 22% of students at Wake Technical Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,995 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wake Technical Community College is $27,500.

#10

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,918 Yearly Degrees
$4,435 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 11,034 students at WCU in total, 8,040 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average WCU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 39% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% 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.

#11

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,610 Yearly Degrees
$38,650 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,046 full-time undergraduates at Wake Forest University, and 8,116 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Wake Forest University is 94%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 28%. Around 46% of accepted students are men, and 54% are women.

Approximately 23% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $10,879 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wake Forest University is $51,100.

#12

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,182 Yearly Degrees

There are 6,841 full-time undergraduates at Central Piedmont Community College, and 19,100 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 1% of students at Central Piedmont Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,982 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,800 during the early-career years.

#13

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,148 Yearly Degrees
$4,745 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 9,347 full-time undergraduates at NC A&T, and 11,877 students altogether. For undergraduates at NC A&T, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 62%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 84% of students at NC A&T take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,531 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,600 during the early-career years.

#14

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,900 Yearly Degrees
$13,482 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Elon University is 6,791, of which 5,885 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Elon, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

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 average amount of student loans is $8,566 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Elon is $42,200.

#15

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,726 Yearly Degrees
$12,701 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Campbell University is 6,604, of which 3,634 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Campbell, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. 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. Campbell has a 6.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Campbell with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,723 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Fayetteville Technical Community College is 11,660, of which 4,559 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 54% of students at FTCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

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

#17

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,637 Yearly Degrees
$4,740 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,363 full-time undergraduates at North Carolina Central University, and 8,097 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 31% are men and 69% are women.

Approximately 87% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,745 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from North Carolina Central University is $26,800.

#18

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,453 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Guilford Technical Community College is 10,072, of which 4,361 students are full-time undergraduates. 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 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Guilford Technical Community College is $22,000.

#19

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,356 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,617 full-time undergraduates at CFCC, and 8,317 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

18% of CFCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,289 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,000 during the early-career years.

#20

High Point University

High Point, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,192 Yearly Degrees
$16,506 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,418 full-time undergraduates at High Point, and 4,951 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at High Point is 4.1 years.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Roughly 50% of students at High Point take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $11,693 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from High Point with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,187 Yearly Degrees
$3,438 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 6,226 students at Fayetteville State University in total, 3,905 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Fayetteville State University undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

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

72% of Fayetteville State University students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,515 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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

#22

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,178 Yearly Degrees
$4,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Pembroke is 6,252, of which 4,483 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

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

Roughly 73% of students at UNCP take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,592 a year. UNCP has a 8.6% 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 UNCP is $27,500.

#23

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,153 Yearly Degrees
$9,000 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 1,781 full-time undergraduates at Gardner - Webb, and 3,818 students altogether. It takes the average Gardner - Webb undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

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 average amount of student loans is $7,261 a year. Gardner - Webb has a 6.7% 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.

#24

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,142 Yearly Degrees
$3,872 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,098 students at WSSU in total, 4,072 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at WSSU, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 28% are men and 72% are women.

Approximately 86% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,299 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,800 during the early-career years.

#25

Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,139 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,054 full-time undergraduates at Forsyth Tech, and 7,756 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,090 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Forsyth Tech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other North Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Pitt Community College 1,123
27 University of Mount Olive 952
28 Rowan-Cabarrus Community College 942
29 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College 928
30 University of North Carolina at Asheville 855
31 Gaston College 806
32 Wingate University 731
33 Catawba Valley Community College 726
34 Strayer University - North Carolina 719
34 Coastal Carolina Community College 719
36 Queens University of Charlotte 675
36 Alamance Community College 675
38 Meredith College 662
39 Wayne Community College 643
40 North Carolina Wesleyan College 630
41 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 625
42 Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte 617
42 Lenoir - Rhyne University 617
44 Central Carolina Community College 598
45 Johnston Community College 582
46 Miller - Motte College - Wilmington 564
47 Sandhills Community College 560
48 Davidson County Community College 539
49 Davidson College 525
50 Durham Technical Community College 520
51 Methodist University 519
52 Wilkes Community College 483
53 Mitchell Community College 468
54 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 459
55 Southwestern Community College 453
56 Randolph Community College 432
57 Surry Community College 430
58 Vance-Granville Community College 427
59 Lenoir Community College 417
60 Richmond Community College 416
61 Pfeiffer University 402
61 Craven Community College 402
63 Cleveland Community College 396
64 Stanly Community College 383
65 Nash Community College 377
66 College of the Albemarle 367
67 Haywood Community College 341
68 Catawba College 337
69 Guilford College 326
70 Belmont Abbey College 317
71 Western Piedmont Community College 311
72 Isothermal Community College 302
73 South Piedmont Community College 293
74 Brunswick Community College 291
75 Beaufort County Community College 285
76 Edgecombe Community College 284
77 Salem College 282
78 Blue Ridge Community College 279
78 Barton College 279
80 Rockingham Community College 271
80 University of North Carolina School of the Arts 271
82 Elizabeth City State University 263
83 Mars Hill University 260
84 William Peace University 255
85 Johnson C Smith University 249
86 Southeastern Community College 248
87 Lees - McRae College 238
88 Chowan University 237
89 Wilson Community College 230
90 Carteret Community College 222
91 Robeson Community College 217
92 Shaw University 207
93 Bladen Community College 201
94 Montreat College 194
95 Warren Wilson College 177
96 Greensboro College 176
97 Tri-County Community College 173
98 Livingstone College 167
99 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 166
99 Sampson Community College 166
101 McDowell Technical Community College 162
102 James Sprunt Community College 161
103 Apex School of Theology 147
104 Piedmont Community College 145
105 Carolinas College of Health Sciences 134
106 Brevard College 133
107 Halifax Community College 132
108 St. Andrews University 128
108 Mayland Community College 128
110 Louisburg College 125
111 Saint Augustine’s University 121
112 Martin Community College 119
112 Piedmont International University 119
114 South University - High Point 116
115 Roanoke-Chowan Community College 115
116 Miller-Motte College-Fayetteville 109
117 King’s College 102
118 Miller-Motte College-Raleigh 92
119 Montgomery Community College 90
119 Miller-Motte College-Jacksonville 90
121 DeVry University - North Carolina 83
122 Bennett College 72
123 Mid - Atlantic Christian University 56
124 Pamlico Community College 53
125 University of Phoenix - North Carolina 50
126 Living Arts College 37
127 Miller-Motte College-Cary 36
128 Hood Theological Seminary 34
129 Carolina College of Biblical Studies 28
130 Grace College of Divinity 23
131 Shepherds Theological Seminary 20
132 Virginia College-Greensboro 19
133 Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine 18
134 Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary 16
135 Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts 11
136 Heritage Bible College 10
137 Chamberlain University-North Carolina 9
138 Carolina Christian College 4
139 Brightwood College-Charlotte 3

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