Colleges in Charlotte: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

The largest city in North Carolina, Charlotte offers students ample recreational activities and a relative abundance of warm, sunny days throughout the year. It's also home to a number of corporate headquarters and startups, offering students and recent graduates of Charlotte colleges many opportunities to flourish. Charlotte's commitment to higher education begins early as students of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are granted the opportunity to get a "jump start" on their degree and enroll in courses at Central Piedmont Community College while still in high school.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Charlotte

There are several community colleges near Charlotte, but only Central Piedmont Community College lies within the city limits. Each year, CPCC hosts fun events like the arts and culture festival Sensoria, The Geekfest in honor of creative innovations in tech, and the Skyline Run to support scholarship funds. Popular programs at the school include accounting, information technology, and management. The nearby Carolinas College of Health Sciences and the Southeastern Institute are also well-known for their certificate and associate degree program in medical fields and massage therapy.

Fun Facts about Charlotte Colleges and Universities

There are a handful of sizable colleges in Charlotte but the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is by far the largest. Queens University of Charlotte and Johnson & Wales University's Charlotte campus each offer a range of associate and bachelor's degree programs. Among the largest universities in Charlotte, degree programs in the fields of business, engineering, healthcare, and culinary arts are commonly available.

Graduate Schools in Charlotte

Universities in Charlotte that offer advanced degree programs include UNC Charlotte, which has a handful of master's degree programs in applied physics, cybersecurity, and business administration, while Queens University has offerings in communications, nursing, and education.

For more information about higher education in the state, see the extensive list of North Carolina Colleges.


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Education Institutes in Charlotte
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Charlotte
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
Colleges and Universities in Charlotte
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
Southeastern Institute-Charlotte230Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
Carolina School of Broadcasting54Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Brightwood College-CharlotteN/ALess than 2 years (below associate)N/A6
Empire Beauty School-Charlotte86Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
University of Phoenix-North Carolina72Four or more yearsN/A6
Chamberlain University-North Carolina179Four or more years$19,3751
Central Piedmont Community College18,824At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,795133
Johnson C Smith University1,565Four or more years$18,23621
University of North Carolina at Charlotte29,710Four or more years$6,853167
Queens University of Charlotte2,536Four or more years$34,68457
Carolinas College of Health Sciences467Four or more years$13,9329
Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary80Four or more years$10,36810
Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte1,681Four or more years$32,44112
Empire Beauty School-Pineville107Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
DeVry University-North Carolina118Four or more years$18,08516

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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