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168 Colleges
158,336 Yearly Graduations
$46,415 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$26,847 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, North Carolina is ranked #9 in the country with 158,336 degrees handed out in 2019. North Carolina colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $11,604 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $15,908 per year.

An estimated 55% of college students in North Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,712 per year.

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#1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
9,660 Yearly Degrees
$8,980 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,154 undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill, of which 18,528 are full-time, and there are 29,877 students altogether. It takes the average UNC Chapel Hill undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 28% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,478 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
9,528 Yearly Degrees
$9,101 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 25,973 undergraduates at NC State, of which 22,820 are full-time, and there are 36,304 students altogether. 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.

Approximately 47% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

Students who graduate from NC State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
8,035 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 school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. 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 typical student loan amount is $7,025 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.1% 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

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
7,276 Yearly Degrees
$2,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 22,003 students at Wake Technical Community College in total, 7,362 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 22% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

Students who graduate from Wake Technical Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
6,932 Yearly Degrees
$7,238 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at East Carolina University is 28,651, of which 23,081 students are undergraduates and of those, 19,204 are full-time. It takes the average ECU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 66% of students at ECU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,407 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% 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.

#6

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
6,528 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. Duke has a freshman retention rate of 97%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The acceptance rate at Duke is 10%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. 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%.

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.

#7

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
4,956 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%. Of the accepted students, 37% are men and 63% are women.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%!

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

#8

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
4,745 Yearly Degrees
$7,181 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,785 undergraduates at UNCW, of which 12,480 are full-time, and there are 17,499 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNCW is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Around 35% of accepted students 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%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,000 during the early-career years.

#9

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
4,643 Yearly Degrees
$7,403 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. 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 6.4% 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.

#10

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
4,539 Yearly Degrees
$2,544 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Fayetteville Technical Community College is 12,021, which includes 4,646 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

54% of FTCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,100 during the early-career years.

#11

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
3,423 Yearly Degrees
$2,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 18,646 students at Central Piedmont Community College in total, 6,790 are full-time undergraduates. 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.

#12

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,910 Yearly Degrees
$4,277 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Carolina University is 12,167, of which 10,469 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,934 are full-time. It takes the average WCU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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. The student loan default rate of 6.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WCU is $31,900.

#13

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,709 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. Wake Forest University has a freshman retention rate of 94%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 28%. Of the accepted students, 46% 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 1.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $51,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,599 Yearly Degrees
$2,319 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Guilford Technical Community College is 11,070, which includes 4,347 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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.

#15

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Salisbury, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,502 Yearly Degrees
$2,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,379 students at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in total, 1,517 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is $22,600.

#16

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,155 Yearly Degrees
$6,657 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at North Carolina A & T State University is 12,556, of which 11,039 students are undergraduates and of those, 10,013 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

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.

Approximately 84% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,531 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.7% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NC A&T is $27,600.

#17

Wayne Community College

Goldsboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
2,091 Yearly Degrees
$2,524 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Roughly 2% of students at Wayne Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

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

#18

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,941 Yearly Degrees
$36,571 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,277 undergraduates at Elon, of which 6,079 are full-time, and there are 7,088 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Elon is 4.1 years.

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

34% of Elon students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,566 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#19

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,894 Yearly Degrees
$2,748 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,980 full-time undergraduates at CFCC, and 8,629 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at CFCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,289 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CFCC is $24,000.

#20

Pitt Community College

Winterville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,878 Yearly Degrees
$1,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,237 students at Pitt Community College in total, 3,501 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 57% of students at Pitt Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Pitt Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,859 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 average amount of student loans 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,500 during the early-career years.

#22

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,738 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.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 87% of students at Campbell take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,670 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

#23

North Carolina Central University

Durham, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,730 Yearly Degrees
$6,534 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,011 students at North Carolina Central University in total, 6,101 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,012 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at North Carolina Central University is 4.7 years.

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

Roughly 87% of students at North Carolina Central University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,745 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

Public Public vs. Private
1,609 Yearly Degrees
$2,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,003 students at A-B Tech in total, 2,026 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

11% of A-B Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,549 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from A-B Tech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Gaston College

Dallas, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,586 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.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gaston College is $23,000.

Other North Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Forsyth Technical Community College 1,563
27 Coastal Carolina Community College 1,518
28 MyComputerCareer - Raleigh 1,455
29 Durham Technical Community College 1,372
30 Central Carolina Community College 1,246
31 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 1,229
32 High Point University 1,228
33 Fayetteville State University 1,218
34 Wilkes Community College 1,199
35 Johnston Community College 1,195
36 Winston - Salem State University 1,178
37 Gardner - Webb University 1,172
38 Lenoir Community College 1,143
39 Isothermal Community College 1,078
40 Mitchell Community College 1,072
41 Catawba Valley Community College 1,047
42 Edgecombe Community College 1,045
43 Alamance Community College 918
44 Cleveland Community College 907
45 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 891
46 University of Mount Olive 886
47 University of North Carolina at Asheville 882
48 Craven Community College 849
49 Wingate University 845
50 Richmond Community College 844
51 Sandhills Community College 834
52 Nash Community College 779
53 Haywood Community College 777
54 Queens University of Charlotte 767
55 Blue Ridge Community College 749
56 Surry Community College 746
57 Beaufort County Community College 734
58 Strayer University - North Carolina 725
59 Randolph Community College 716
60 Meredith College 676
61 Southwestern Community College 675
62 Stanly Community College 637
63 Vance-Granville Community College 634
64 North Carolina Wesleyan College 602
65 College of the Albemarle 592
66 Lenoir - Rhyne University 588
67 Robeson Community College 582
68 NASCAR Technical Institute 576
69 Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte 568
70 Wilson Community College 567
71 Davidson College 560
72 South Piedmont Community College 538
73 Methodist University 510
74 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 497
75 Bladen Community College 466
76 Miller-Motte College Wilmington 444
77 Western Piedmont Community College 440
78 Rockingham Community College 428
79 Sampson Community College 426
80 Halifax Community College 422
80 Brunswick Community College 422
82 Miller-Motte College Fayetteville 396
83 Southeastern Community College 395
84 Montgomery Community College 376
85 Carteret Community College 367
86 Miller-Motte College Jacksonville 364
87 Guilford College 355
88 James Sprunt Community College 348
89 Miller-Motte College Raleigh 331
90 Pfeiffer University 325
91 Pamlico Community College 309
91 Piedmont Community College 309
93 Belmont Abbey College 306
94 Catawba College 305
95 Mayland Community College 277
96 Barton College 268
96 Johnson C Smith University 268
96 Chowan University 268
99 McDowell Technical Community College 262
100 Salem College 258
101 University of North Carolina School of the Arts 247
101 Martin Community College 247
103 Mars Hill University 245
104 Elizabeth City State University 244
105 Lees - McRae College 229
106 Health and Style Institute 226
107 Southeastern Institute - Charlotte 219
108 William Peace University 213
109 Greensboro College 207
110 Shaw University 197
111 Tri-County Community College 193
112 Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia 189
113 Montreat College 178
114 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 171
115 Carolinas College of Health Sciences 165
116 Roanoke-Chowan Community College 153
116 Warren Wilson College 153
118 Piedmont International University 149
119 Livingstone College 148
120 Aveda Institute - Chapel Hill 146
121 Leons Beauty School Inc 144
122 Living Arts College 117
122 Carolina Career College 117
124 Brevard College 116
125 Gwinnett College 110
126 St. Andrews University 105
127 Saint Augustine’s University 92
128 Louisburg College 90
129 Paul Mitchell the School Fayetteville 76
130 Paul Mitchell the School Raleigh 69
131 College of Wilmington 63
132 South University, High Point 61
132 DeVry University - North Carolina 61
134 Winston Salem Barber School 60
135 Mid-Atlantic Christian University 59
136 Center for Massage 58
136 Bennett College 58
138 Empire Beauty School-Pineville 57
139 Watts School of Nursing 54
140 Chamberlain University - North Carolina 52
141 Empire Beauty School-Concord 46
141 Carolina College of Biblical Studies 46
143 Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts 43
144 Empire Beauty School-West Greensboro 39
145 University of Phoenix - North Carolina 37
145 Hood Theological Seminary 37
147 Sherrill’s University of Barber & Cosmetology 29
148 Grace College of Divinity 26
149 Empire Beauty School-Winston-Salem 24
150 Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design 23
150 No Grease Barber School 23
152 Carolina School of Broadcasting 22
153 Empire Beauty School-Charlotte 20
153 Mitchell’s Academy - Raleigh 20
155 Shepherds Theological Seminary 19
155 Carolina College of Hair Design 19
155 Beyond Measure Barbering Institute 19
155 Southeastern Free Will Baptist Bible College 19
159 Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology 17
160 Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary 12
160 Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine 12
162 Bull City Durham Beauty and Barber College 11
163 Elevate Salon Institute - Durham 8
164 Carolina Christian College 7
165 Heritage Bible College 5
166 Mitchell’s Academy - Wilson 3
167 Anson College of Cosmetology 2
168 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Charlotte 0

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