Best North Carolina Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in North Carolina for 2020

There are 133 colleges and universities in North Carolina enrolling 551,691 students. Explore the list of top colleges in North Carolina below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Ranking methodology is outlined on the data discussion page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in North Carolina offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

North Carolina is home to nationally ranked institutions like Duke University, Davidson College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University at Raleigh. The highest ranked college in North Carolina is Duke University and the top rated public state college is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Local college options can be explored in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem or other cities.

133 results found

List of the Best North Carolina Colleges

Duke University
D
Durham, NC
Duke University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 16,606enrollment
  • $22,011net price
  • 9%acceptance rate
  • 1450-1570SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.94*Avg GPA
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Davidson College
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Davidson, NC
Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,843enrollment
  • $28,339net price
  • 19%acceptance rate
  • 1290-1450SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 30,011enrollment
  • $11,100net price
  • 23%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1480SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 4.6Avg GPA
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
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Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 35,479enrollment
  • $13,442net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1390SAT range
  • 27-31ACT range
  • 4.37Avg GPA
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University of North Carolina School of the Arts
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Winston-Salem, NC
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,042enrollment
  • $13,624net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1280SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA
Elon University
E
Elon, NC
Elon University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#6 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 6,991enrollment
  • $33,754net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1330SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
N
Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 16,747enrollment
  • $16,831net price
  • 61%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1320SAT range
  • 23-27ACT range
  • 4.06Avg GPA
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Salem College
S
Winston Salem, NC
Salem College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 842enrollment
  • $18,218net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1260SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.57*Avg GPA
Appalachian State University
A
Boone, NC
Appalachian State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 19,108enrollment
  • $10,473net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1270SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 4.05Avg GPA
Western Carolina University
W
Cullowhee, NC
Western Carolina University

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 11,639enrollment
  • $14,456net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1210SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA
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Meredith College
M
Raleigh, NC
Meredith College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,905enrollment
  • $25,276net price
  • 63%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.24Avg GPA
Gardner Webb University
G
Boiling Springs, NC
Gardner Webb University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#12 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 3,598enrollment
  • $20,753net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 970-1180SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.72Avg GPA
Piedmont International University
P
Winston Salem, NC
 
Piedmont International University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#13 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 691enrollment
  • $15,119net price
  • 24%acceptance rate
  • 770-1230SAT range
  • 15-23ACT range
  • 3.07*Avg GPA
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
N
Charlotte, NC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#14 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 29,710enrollment
  • $14,811net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1270SAT range
  • 22-26ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
St. Andrews University
S
Laurinburg, NC
St. Andrews University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 683enrollment
  • $26,108net price
  • 41%acceptance rate
  • 780-1160SAT range
  • 13-26ACT range
  • 3.34Avg GPA
Catawba College
C
Salisbury, NC
Catawba College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,294enrollment
  • $19,172net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 910-1140SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 2.36Avg GPA
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Queens University of Charlotte
Q
Charlotte, NC
Queens University of Charlotte

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 2,536enrollment
  • $24,512net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1220SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA
Barton College
B
Wilson, NC
 
Barton College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,059enrollment
  • $23,533net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 920-1120SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA