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.
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.
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.