Colleges in North Carolina: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

North Carolina Colleges Summary

North Carolina has more than 150 colleges and career schools, and more than 475,000 students attending them. In fact, only nine US states can boast a larger total student population. A significant percentage of these schools require an SAT score for admission - more than a third. Only four other US states have more than a third of their colleges and career schools requiring SATs.

Almost half of North Carolina's post secondary schools are public, and as a result North Carolina's more than 75 public schools ranks as the 7th highest in the country. As a result, there are a smaller number of for-profit schools, with just over 20% of the schools being for-profit, and less than one in fifty of North Carolina's students go to for-profit schools. For-profit schools typically provide career-focused training, and that need appears to be met in North Carolina by community colleges, with more than 55 of them in the state.

The largest college is The University of North Carolina with more than 60,000 students. The school has locations in Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Pembroke. North Carolina State University is the next largest college with more than 30,000 students. There are six other colleges with more than 10,000 students. Perhaps the best known of these is Duke University.

The mailing address and the web site for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is as follows:

301 North Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Website: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/

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Colleges and Universities in North Carolina

School City Students Dorms Open Admission Typical SAT Range
Alamance Community College Graham 3,925   Yes
Apex School of Theology Durham 120   Yes
Appalachian State University Boone 15,871 5,085 No V: 510-600
M: 530-610
W: 490-590
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville 6,408   Yes
Barton College Wilson 1,130 623 No V: 393-565
M: 397-588
W: 381-543
Beaufort County Community College Washington 1,476   Yes
Belmont Abbey College Belmont 1,337 629 No V: 450-570
M: 460-570
Bennett College for Women Greensboro 678 540 No V: 360-450
M: 350-440
Bladen Community College Dublin 1,226   Yes
Blue Ridge Community College Flat Rock Flat Rock 1,968   Yes
Brevard College Brevard 675 575 No V: 430-550
M: 430-540
Brunswick Community College Supply 1,162   Yes
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord 358   No V: 440-520
M: 440-560
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Hudson 3,728   Yes
Campbell University Buies Creek 6,208 2,091 No V: 518-642
M: 510-654
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington 7,570   Yes
Carolina Academy of Cosmetic Art & Science Gastonia 67   Yes
Carolina Christian College Winston Salem 30   No
Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte 484   No V: 440-570
M: 460-560
Carteret Community College Morehead City 1,628   Yes
Catawba College Salisbury 1,323 739 No V: 460-580
M: 490-590
Catawba Valley Community College Hickory 4,765   Yes
Central Carolina Community College Sanford 4,603   Yes
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte 18,052   Yes
CET Durham Durham 117   Yes
Chowan University Murfreesboro 875 900 No V: 370-470
M: 370-480
W: 360-460
Cleveland Community College Shelby 2,064   Yes
Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville 4,349   Yes
College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City 2,117   Yes
College of Wilmington Wilmington 24   Yes
Cosmetology Institute of Beauty Arts and Sciences Winston Salem 115   No
Craven Community College New Bern 3,032   Yes
Davidson College Davidson 1,674 1,560 No V: 630-730
M: 640-728
W: 630-730
Davidson County Community College Thomasville 3,399   Yes
Duke University Durham 13,598 5,160 No V: 660-750
M: 680-790
W: 680-780
Durham Beauty Academy Durham 91   Yes
Durham Technical Community College Durham 5,170   Yes
East Carolina University Greenville 25,990 5,741 No V: 450-540
M: 470-560
W: 440-530
Edgecombe Community College Tarboro 1,687   Yes
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City 3,061 1,735 No V: 370-460
M: 380-470
W: 360-450
Elon University Elon 5,456 2,964 No V: 560-650
M: 570-660
W: 570-660
Fayetteville Beauty College Fayetteville 18   Yes
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville 6,692 1,274 No V: 370-450
M: 380-470
W: 360-440
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville 9,063   Yes
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston Salem 7,276   Yes
Gardner Webb University Boiling Springs 3,892 1,152 No V: 450-580
M: 440-550
W: 430-550
Gaston College Dallas 5,718   Yes
Greensboro College Greensboro 1,180 608 No V: 410-530
M: 410-550
W: 410-520
Guilford College Greensboro 2,688 1,063 No V: 500-620
M: 500-600
W: 480-610
Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown 10,571   Yes
Hairstyling Institute of Charlotte Charlotte 18   No
Halifax Community College Weldon 1,142   Yes
Haywood Community College Clyde 2,127   Yes
Heritage Bible College Dunn 84 40 Yes
High Point University High Point 3,064 2,077 No V: 480-570
M: 480-580
W: 480-570
Hood Theological Seminary Salisbury 264 92 No
Isothermal Community College Spindale 2,131   Yes
James Sprunt Community College Kenansville 1,118   Yes
John Wesley College High Point 109 40 No
Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Charlotte 2,569 1,286 No
Johnson C Smith University Charlotte 1,463 1,127 No V: 434-504
M: 436-506
Johnston Community College Smithfield 4,145   Yes
Lees McRae College Banner Elk 882 592 No V: 420-520
M: 430-530
W: 420-520
Lenoir Community College Kinston 2,733   Yes
Lenoir Rhyne University Hickory 1,626 849 No V: 440-550
M: 460-580
Leons Beauty School Greensboro 143   Yes
Living Arts College Raleigh 325   Yes
Livingstone College Salisbury 960 979 No V: 320-420
M: 310-420
W: 300-400
Louisburg College Louisburg 754 663 No V: 340-430
M: 340-440
Mars Hill College Mars Hill 1,253 943 No V: 410-530
M: 420-550
Martin Community College Williamston 755   Yes
Mayland Community College Spruce Pine 1,472   Yes
McDowell Technical Community College Marion 1,134   Yes
Mercy School of Nursing Charlotte 138   No
Meredith College Raleigh 2,202 1,150 No V: 470-560
M: 470-570
Methodist University Fayetteville 2,118 991 No V: 430-530
M: 450-570
W: 410-520
Mitchell Community College Statesville 2,687   Yes
Mitchells Academy Raleigh 123   No
Mitchells Hairstyling Academy Goldsboro Goldsboro 35   Yes
Mitchells Hairstyling Academy Greenville Greenville 76   No
Mitchells Hairstyling Academy Wilson Wilson 28   No
Montgomery Community College Troy 954   Yes
Montgomery's Hairstyling Academy Fayetteville 115   Yes
Mount Olive College Mount Olive 3,277 347 Yes
Nash Community College Rocky Mount 2,916   Yes
New Life Theological Seminary Charlotte 63   Yes
North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro 10,498 3,737 No V: 390-480
M: 400-500
W: 380-460
North Carolina Central University Durham 8,383 2,889 No V: 370-460
M: 370-460
W: 360-450
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh 31,802 8,410 No V: 520-610
M: 550-650
W: 510-610
North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount 1,583 529 No V: 370-480
M: 415-500
W: 415-490
Pamlico Community College Grantsboro 393   Yes
Peace College Raleigh 692 100 No V: 420-510
M: 420-510
Pfeiffer University Misenheimer 2,053 717 No V: 420-520
M: 430-550
W: 410-530
Piedmont Baptist College and Graduate School Winston Salem 373 155 Yes
Piedmont Community College Roxboro 2,575   Yes
Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology Mooresville 47   Yes
Pitt Community College Winterville 6,499   Yes
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte 2,243 711 No V: 470-580
M: 480-580
W: 470-570
Randolph Community College Asheboro 2,521   Yes
Regina's College of Beauty Monroe 6   Yes
Richmond Community College Hamlet 1,799   Yes
Roanoke Bible College Elizabeth City 146 310 No V: 410-565
M: 420-590
Roanoke Chowan Community College Ahoskie 384   Yes
Robeson Community College Lumberton 1,788   Yes
Rockingham Community College Wentworth 2,013   Yes
Rowan Cabarrus Community College Salisbury 5,158   Yes
Saint Augustines College Raleigh Raleigh 1,284 1,190 No V: 310-460
M: 310-420
Salem College Winston Salem 992 445 No V: 480-610
M: 470-580
W: 480-590
Sampson Community College Clinton 1,278   Yes
Sandhills Community College Pinehurst 3,826   Yes
Shaw University Raleigh 2,866 1,195 No V: 330-430
M: 320-420
W: 320-420
South College Asheville Asheville 133   Yes
South Piedmont Community College Polkton 2,250   Yes
Southeastern Community College Whiteville Whiteville 1,811   Yes
Southwestern Community College Sylva Sylva 2,040   Yes
St Andrews Presbyterian College Laurinburg 747 755 Yes
Stanly Community College Albemarle 2,390   Yes
Surry Community College Dobson 3,201   Yes
The Medical Arts School Raleigh 89   Yes
Tri County Community College Murphy 1,079   Yes
University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville 3,701 1,147 No V: 540-640
M: 520-620
W: 510-620
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill 28,136 9,011 No V: 600-700
M: 610-700
W: 590-690
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte 22,388 4,940 No V: 470-560
M: 490-590
W: 460-550
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro 18,627 4,251 No V: 460-570
M: 470-570
W: 450-550
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke 5,937 1,705 No V: 420-510
M: 430-530
W: 400-490
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem 867 522 No V: 500-620
M: 470-610
W: 470-600
University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington 12,180 3,481 No V: 530-610
M: 540-630
W: 510-600
Vance Granville Community College Henderson 4,135   Yes
Wake Forest University Winston Salem 6,788 3,128 No V: 610-690
M: 630-710
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh 12,238   Yes
Warren Wilson College Swannanoa 946 790 No V: 540-660
M: 500-610
W: 520-630
Watts School of Nursing Durham 104   No
Wayne Community College Goldsboro 2,988   Yes
Western Carolina University Cullowhee 9,056 3,427 No V: 450-550
M: 470-560
W: 430-530
Western Piedmont Community College Morganton 2,448   Yes
Wilkes Community College Wilkesboro 2,476   Yes
Wilson Community College Wilson 1,642   Yes
Wingate University Wingate 2,041 1,174 No V: 440-550
M: 470-580
W: 440-540
Winston Salem Barber School Winston Salem 45   Yes
Winston Salem State University Winston-Salem 5,870 2,300 No V: 390-470
M: 400-480
W: 380-460
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