The Best North Carolina Colleges

List of Colleges and Universities in North Carolina

There are 133 colleges and universities in North Carolina enrolling 351,410 full time students in the state's institutions of higher education. Explore the list of top colleges in North Carolina below to get your college search started. The CollegeSimply rankings and listings are objective and data focused to help you find the good colleges. Whether you're searching for a public, private or community college, this guide to universities in North Carolina offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

For a more local search, filter by zip code or find colleges around Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham or Winston Salem.

The best college in North Carolina is Duke University and the top public state college is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    • SAT Range 1450/1570
    • ACT Range 33/35
    • Average HS GPA 3.94*
    • Students: 16,606
    • Tuition:$55,695
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 9%
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    Duke University

    • SAT Range 1290/1450
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.9
    • Students: 1,843
    • Tuition:$51,447
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 19%
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    Davidson College

    • SAT Range 1270/1480
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 4.6
    • Students: 30,011
    • Tuition:$8,987
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 23%
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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    • SAT Range 1250/1390
    • ACT Range 27/31
    • Average HS GPA 4.37
    • Students: 35,479
    • Tuition:$9,101
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
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    North Carolina State University at Raleigh

    • SAT Range 1090/1280
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.67
    • Students: 1,042
    • Tuition:$9,371
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 38%
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    University of North Carolina School of the Arts

    • SAT Range 1150/1330
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.99
    • Students: 6,991
    • Tuition:$35,319
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Acceptance Rate 72%
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    Elon University

    • SAT Range 1190/1320
    • ACT Range 23/27
    • Average HS GPA 4.06
    • Students: 16,747
    • Tuition:$7,091
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 61%
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    University of North Carolina at Wilmington

    • SAT Range 1050/1260
    • ACT Range 21/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.57*
    • Students: 842
    • Tuition:$29,166
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • SAT Range 1100/1270
    • ACT Range 23/28
    • Average HS GPA 4.05
    • Students: 19,108
    • Tuition:$7,364
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 69%
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    Appalachian State University

    • SAT Range 1030/1210
    • ACT Range 20/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.67
    • Students: 11,639
    • Tuition:$3,926
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 40%
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    Western Carolina University

    • SAT Range 1000/1200
    • ACT Range 19/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.24
    • Students: 1,905
    • Tuition:$37,176
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • SAT Range 1120/1270
    • ACT Range 22/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.82
    • Students: 29,710
    • Tuition:$6,853
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 67%
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    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    • SAT Range 970/1180
    • ACT Range 18/24
    • Average HS GPA 3.72
    • Students: 3,598
    • Tuition:$32,000
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 48%
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    Gardner Webb University

    • SAT Range 770/1230
    • ACT Range 15/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.07*
    • Students: 691
    • Tuition:$9,580
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • SAT Range 780/1160
    • ACT Range 13/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.34
    • Students: 683
    • Tuition:$26,648
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
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    St. Andrews University

    • SAT Range 1060/1250
    • ACT Range 21/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.98
    • Students: 3,762
    • Tuition:$7,145
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 94%
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    University of North Carolina at Asheville

    • SAT Range 1030/1220
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.57
    • Students: 2,536
    • Tuition:$34,684
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 79%
    • SAT Range 910/1140
    • ACT Range 18/24
    • Average HS GPA 2.36
    • Students: 1,294
    • Tuition:$30,520
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 52%
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    Catawba College

    • SAT Range 1140/1280
    • ACT Range 21/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 741
    • Tuition:$36,280
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 86%
    • SAT Range 1030/1210
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.35*
    • Students: 6,448
    • Tuition:$32,500
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 76%
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    Campbell University

    • SAT Range 920/1120
    • ACT Range 17/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.07
    • Students: 1,059
    • Tuition:$30,880
      Admissions Standards  Very Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 40%
    • SAT Range 1040/1190
    • ACT Range 20/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 28,718
    • Tuition:$7,188
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 82%
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    East Carolina University

    • SAT Range 920/1140
    • ACT Range 18/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.13
    • Students: 921
    • Tuition:$26,920
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 55%
    • SAT Range N/A
    • ACT Range N/A
    • Average HS GPA NA
    • Students: 8,401
    • Tuition:$53,322
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
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    Wake Forest University

    • SAT Range 910/1140
    • ACT Range 16/22
    • Average HS GPA 3.15*
    • Students: 1,026
    • Tuition:$29,140
      Admissions Standards  Very Easy Requirements
    • Acceptance Rate 44%