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108 Colleges
9,071 Yearly Graduations
$43,465 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,506 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly teaching graduations, North Carolina is ranked #14 in the country with 9,071 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $10,866 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $15,654 a year.

About 45% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,376 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

East Carolina University

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

There are 23,071 undergraduates at ECU, of which 19,562 are full-time, and there are 28,718 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at ECU is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. 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 student loan default rate of 5.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from ECU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
710 Yearly Degrees
$6,905 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Charlotte is 29,710, of which 24,387 students are undergraduates and of those, 21,025 are full-time. For undergraduates at UNC Charlotte, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

About 66% of students who apply get accepted. 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. UNC Charlotte has a 6.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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.

#3

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
682 Yearly Degrees
$7,409 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 17,381 undergraduates at Appalachian State, of which 16,421 are full-time, and there are 19,108 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at Appalachian State. The freshman retention rate is 89%.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

51% of Appalachian State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,519 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Appalachian State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $33,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

North Carolina State University

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

There are 35,479 students at NC State in total, 25,199 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 22,317 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at NC State. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 51%. Of the accepted students, 48% are men and 52% are women.

47% of NC State students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NC State is $41,200.

#5

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
413 Yearly Degrees
$31,850 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Gardner - Webb University is 3,598, of which 2,036 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,641 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 53%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

60% of Gardner - Webb students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,261 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,200 during the early-career years.

#6

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Greensboro is 20,106, of which 16,641 students are undergraduates and of those, 14,265 are full-time. For undergraduates at UNC Greensboro, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Roughly 67% of students at UNC Greensboro take out loans to pay for college. 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.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,100 during the early-career years.

#7

Fayetteville Technical Community College

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

There are 11,534 students at FTCC in total, 4,509 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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.

#8

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

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

There are 16,747 students at UNCW in total, 14,452 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 12,157 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at UNCW. The freshman retention rate is 87%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,990 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNCW is $35,000.

#9

Western Carolina University

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

There are 10,027 undergraduates at WCU, of which 8,617 are full-time, and there are 11,639 students altogether. For undergraduates at WCU, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 39%. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

67% of WCU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,190 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,900 during the early-career years.

#10

Wake Technical Community College

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

The total student population at Wake Technical Community College is 21,872, which includes 7,611 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

22% of Wake Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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.

#11

North Carolina A & T State University

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

There are 10,629 undergraduates at NC A&T, of which 9,591 are full-time, and there are 12,142 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at NC A&T is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 62%. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

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

Students who graduate from NC A&T with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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

There are 30,011 students at UNC Chapel Hill in total, 19,117 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 18,526 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at UNC Chapel Hill. The freshman retention rate is 96%.

Only 24% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 28% of students at UNC Chapel Hill take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,478 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNC Chapel Hill is $41,000.

#13

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
167 Yearly Degrees
$3,490 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Pembroke is 7,137, of which 6,069 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,945 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNC Pembroke is 4.5 years.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 73% of students at UNC Pembroke take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,592 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNC Pembroke is $27,500.

#14

Pitt Community College

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

There are 8,185 students at Pitt Community College in total, 3,450 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,000 during the early-career years.

#15

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

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

There are 2,349 full-time undergraduates at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and 6,355 students altogether. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,600 during the early-career years.

#16

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
127 Yearly Degrees
$55,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wake Forest University is 8,401, of which 5,225 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,171 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%. Around 46% of accepted students 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.

#17

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
120 Yearly Degrees
$36,010 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wingate University is 3,689, of which 2,726 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,683 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Around 93% of students who apply get accepted. Around 33% of accepted students are men, and 67% are women.

64% of Wingate students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,799 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wingate is $33,200.

#18

North Carolina Central University

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

There are 6,434 undergraduates at North Carolina Central University, of which 5,328 are full-time, and there are 8,207 students altogether. It takes the average North Carolina Central University undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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

Approximately 87% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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%!

Students who graduate from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
111 Yearly Degrees
$21,194 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,991 undergraduates at UMO, of which 1,367 are full-time, and there are 3,208 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UMO is 4.3 years.

About 49% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 39% are men and 61% are women.

72% of UMO students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,716 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,500 during the early-career years.

#20

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
108 Yearly Degrees
$35,720 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Queens University of Charlotte is 2,536, of which 1,766 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,552 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Queens is 4.1 years.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 29% are men and 71% are women.

Roughly 85% of students at Queens take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,673 a year. Queens has a 4.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,900 during the early-career years.

#21

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
106 Yearly Degrees
$34,630 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,242 undergraduates at Campbell, of which 3,471 are full-time, and there are 6,448 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Campbell is 4.3 years.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. 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 typical student loan amount is $6,670 a year. Campbell has a 4.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,900 during the early-career years.

#22

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
100 Yearly Degrees
$2,282 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Davidson County Community College is 3,654, which includes 1,446 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DCCC is $23,500.

#23

Durham Technical Community College

Durham, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
99 Yearly Degrees
$2,228 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Durham Technical Community College is 5,434, which includes 1,376 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 8% of students at Durham Technical Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,117 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%.

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

#24

Guilford Technical Community College

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

The total student population at Guilford Technical Community College is 10,520, which includes 4,316 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Guilford Technical Community College is $22,000.

#24

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
98 Yearly Degrees
$2,640 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 650 full-time undergraduates at Edgecombe Community College, and 2,012 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

73% of Edgecombe Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,202 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,500 during the early-career years.

Other North Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 High Point University 94
27 Haywood Community College 87
28 Central Carolina Community College 85
29 Central Piedmont Community College 78
30 Lenoir Community College 77
31 Stanly Community College 75
32 Gaston College 71
33 Elon University 68
34 Greensboro College 64
35 Duke University 59
36 Fayetteville State University 57
37 Cleveland Community College 56
38 Lenoir - Rhyne University 55
39 Robeson Community College 51
40 Forsyth Technical Community College 50
40 Isothermal Community College 50
42 Belmont Abbey College 49
42 Richmond Community College 49
44 Mitchell Community College 43
45 Wayne Community College 42
45 Sampson Community College 42
47 Catawba College 41
48 Mars Hill University 39
48 Surry Community College 39
48 South Piedmont Community College 39
51 Salem College 38
52 Winston - Salem State University 37
53 Alamance Community College 35
54 Nash Community College 31
54 Strayer University - North Carolina 31
54 Lees - McRae College 31
57 Bladen Community College 28
57 Blue Ridge Community College 28
59 Johnston Community College 27
59 Sandhills Community College 27
59 Elizabeth City State University 27
62 Coastal Carolina Community College 25
62 James Sprunt Community College 25
64 Pfeiffer University 24
64 Meredith College 24
64 Wilkes Community College 24
64 Pamlico Community College 24
64 Beaufort County Community College 24
69 Randolph Community College 23
70 St. Andrews University 22
71 Vance-Granville Community College 21
72 Montgomery Community College 20
72 College of the Albemarle 20
74 Wilson Community College 19
75 Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College 18
75 Craven Community College 18
75 Barton College 18
78 Shaw University 16
78 Methodist University 16
80 Western Piedmont Community College 13
80 Southwestern Community College 13
82 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 12
82 Catawba Valley Community College 12
82 Piedmont Community College 12
85 McDowell Technical Community College 11
85 Southeastern Community College 11
85 Chowan University 11
88 North Carolina Wesleyan College 10
88 Brunswick Community College 10
90 William Peace University 9
91 Carteret Community College 8
91 Montreat College 8
91 Rockingham Community College 8
91 Guilford College 8
95 Piedmont International University 7
96 Cape Fear Community College 6
97 Martin Community College 5
98 Louisburg College 4
98 Tri-County Community College 4
100 Roanoke-Chowan Community College 3
100 Southeastern Free Will Baptist Bible College 3
102 Bennett College 2
102 Halifax Community College 2
104 Mid-Atlantic Christian University 1
105 Brevard College 0
105 Mayland Community College 0
105 Saint Augustine’s University 0
105 Livingstone College 0

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