Best North Carolina Colleges

Ranked list of Colleges and Universities in North Carolina for 2024

There are 133 colleges and universities in North Carolina enrolling 546,048 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. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology 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

List of the Best North Carolina Colleges

Guilford College
G
Greensboro, NC

Guilford College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#19 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,198enrollment
  • $24,640net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 950-1200SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.14Avg GPA

East Carolina University
E
Greenville, NC

East Carolina University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#20 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 28,021enrollment
  • $15,403net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1170SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

Western Carolina University
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Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University

Public 4 Year

10 reviews

#21 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 11,877enrollment
  • $13,221net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1230SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Montreat College
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Montreat, NC
 

Montreat College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#22 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,013enrollment
  • $23,906net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1220SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

North Carolina Wesleyan College
N
Rocky Mount, NC
 

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#23 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,531enrollment
  • $16,772net price
  • 28%acceptance rate
  • 860-1120SAT range
  • 15-21ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA

Johnson C Smith University
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HBCU
Charlotte, NC

Johnson C Smith University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#24 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,166enrollment
  • $20,468net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 800-980SAT range
  • 13-18ACT range
  • 2.48Avg GPA

Mount Olive College
M
Mount Olive, NC
 

Mount Olive College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#25 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 2,288enrollment
  • $14,805net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 990-1150SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 2.85Avg GPA

North Carolina Central University
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HBCU
Durham, NC

North Carolina Central University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#26 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 7,953enrollment
  • $13,324net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 930-1150SAT range
  • 16-20ACT range
  • 3.27Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Barton College
B
Wilson, NC
 

Barton College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#27 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,213enrollment
  • $24,111net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 970-1150SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA

North Carolina A & T State University
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HBCU
Greensboro, NC

North Carolina A & T State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#28 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 13,322enrollment
  • $9,541net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 990-1170SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Belmont Abbey College
B
Belmont, NC

Belmont Abbey College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#29 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,517enrollment
  • $22,333net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 1028-1206SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.32Avg GPA

Winston Salem State University
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HBCU
Winston-Salem, NC

Winston Salem State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#30 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 5,226enrollment
  • $11,868net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 880-1040SAT range
  • 15-19ACT range
  • 3.01Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Elizabeth City State University
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HBCU
Elizabeth City, NC

Elizabeth City State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#31 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 2,054enrollment
  • $3,270net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 860-1070SAT range
  • 15-19ACT range
  • 3.16Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 30

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
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Pembroke, NC

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#32 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 8,318enrollment
  • $10,069net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 890-1140SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Fayetteville State University
F
HBCU
Fayetteville, NC
 

Fayetteville State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#33 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 6,748enrollment
  • $7,016net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 830-1040SAT range
  • 14-19ACT range
  • 3.11Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Saint Augustines College
S
HBCU
Raleigh, NC

Saint Augustines College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#34 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,261enrollment
  • $18,662net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 780-940SAT range
  • 12-16ACT range
  • 2.5Avg GPA

College of the Albemarle
A
Elizabeth City, NC
 

College of the Albemarle

Public 2 Year

1 reviews

 

  • 2,355enrollment
  • $4,613net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

South Piedmont Community College
S
Polkton, NC
 

South Piedmont Community College

Public 2 Year

0 reviews

 

  • 2,967enrollment
  • $5,892net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA