North Carolina Colleges Summary

North Carolina is a geographically diverse state, offering college students the ability to explore the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains or more than 300 miles of pristine coastline. The Tarheel State also offers many choices for higher education, from notable institutions such as Duke University and Wake Forest University to dozens of smaller community colleges.

  • The North Carolina Independent College and Universities system is comprised of 36 nonprofit institutions, from historically black colleges to women's colleges and liberal arts and research institutions.
  • The public University of North Carolina System consists of 16 university campuses in all parts of the state.
  • The North Carolina Community College System is comprised of 58 member colleges located throughout the state.

Online Education in North Carolina

UNC Online, the University of North Carolina System's portal for distance education, offers nearly 400 online degree and certificate programs and thousands of online classes at its universities in North Carolina. North Carolina is also a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement which fosters increased distance learning opportunities for students pursuing online degrees at colleges located in other states.

Education Initiatives in North Carolina

For veterans and their families, the North Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs offers many different educational benefits for programs and degrees at colleges in North Carolina.

The state's broadest initiative is the collaboration between the three major postsecondary educational systems and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Together they support the College Foundation of North Carolina, a resource designed to help student plan for, apply to, and pay for college.


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Education Institutes in North Carolina
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 North Carolina
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,
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Colleges and Universities in North Carolina
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
North Carolina State University at RaleighRaleigh35,479Four or more years$9,101261
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill30,011Four or more years$8,987222
University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte29,710Four or more years$6,853167
East Carolina UniversityGreenville28,718Four or more years$7,188195
Wake Technical Community CollegeRaleigh21,872At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,768140
University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro20,106Four or more years$7,331158
Appalachian State UniversityBoone19,108Four or more years$7,364145
Central Piedmont Community CollegeCharlotte18,824At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,795133
University of North Carolina WilmingtonWilmington16,747Four or more years$7,091101
Duke UniversityDurham16,606Four or more years$55,695233
North Carolina A & T State UniversityGreensboro12,142Four or more years$6,61297
Western Carolina UniversityCullowhee11,639Four or more years$3,926105
Fayetteville Technical Community CollegeFayetteville11,534At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,544113
Guilford Technical Community CollegeJamestown10,520At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,319184
Wake Forest UniversityWinston-Salem8,401Four or more years$53,322100

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