College Costs in North Carolina

The 2024 Directory of North Carolina Colleges and Prices

North Carolina Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2024

How much does it cost to attend college in North Carolina?   The average annual in-state college tuition in North Carolina was $11,668 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is $3,462 lower than the U.S. average and ranks North Carolina in the middle of the pack as the 36th most expensive state or district to attend college. This is a change of $197 from the 2019-2020 average of $11,471 and represents a 1.72% annual increase in tuition costs. The list of North Carolina colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

This analysis surveyed tuition data from the 133 colleges and universities in North Carolina, the most popular being North Carolina State University at Raleigh with 29,099 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $6,535. Wake Forest University is the most expensive in North Carolina with an in-state tuition of $58,708.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.


133 results

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
N
Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

$7,019 Tuition

#9 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 31,641enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1380SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.83Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Duke University
D
Durham, NC

Duke University

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

$58,085 Tuition

#3 Best Colleges in America

  • 17,620enrollment
  • $26,932net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1468-1558SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.94Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 3

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
N
Raleigh, NC

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

$6,535 Tuition

#22 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,831enrollment
  • $14,600net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

East Carolina University
E
Greenville, NC

East Carolina University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

$4,452 Tuition

#9 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

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

Appalachian State University
A
Boone, NC

Appalachian State University

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

$4,242 Tuition

#7 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 20,641enrollment
  • $10,687net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1300SAT range
  • 24-29ACT range
  • 3.96Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Elon University
E
Elon, NC

Elon University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

$38,218 Tuition

#3 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 7,127enrollment
  • $39,401net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.65Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 10

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
N
Charlotte, NC

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

$3,812 Tuition

#6 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 30,448enrollment
  • $16,029net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1320SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Western Carolina University
W
Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University

Public 4 Year

10 reviews

$1,000 Tuition

#10 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

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

Applications Due Mar 1

North Carolina A & T State University
N
HBCU
Greensboro, NC

North Carolina A & T State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

$3,540 Tuition

#12 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

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

Applications Due Jun 1

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC

Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

$54,460 Tuition

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,973enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 18%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 7

Wake Forest University
W
Winston Salem, NC

Wake Forest University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$58,708 Tuition

 

  • 8,947enrollment
  • $26,324net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
N
Wilmington, NC

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

$4,443 Tuition

#4 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 18,030enrollment
  • $17,946net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1210-1330SAT range
  • 24-28ACT range
  • 3.56Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Wingate University
W
Wingate, NC

Wingate University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$40,070 Tuition

 

  • 3,439enrollment
  • $20,594net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

North Carolina Central University
N
HBCU
Durham, NC

North Carolina Central University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

$3,728 Tuition

#11 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

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

Applications Due Aug 1

Winston Salem State University
W
HBCU
Winston-Salem, NC

Winston Salem State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

$3,401 Tuition

#13 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

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

Applications Due Feb 15

Campbell University
C
Buies Creek, NC

Campbell University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

$35,580 Tuition

#6 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 5,622enrollment
  • $26,299net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.52Avg GPA

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
N
Greensboro, NC

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

$4,422 Tuition

#8 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 19,038enrollment
  • $9,853net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1095-1260SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Shaw University
S
HBCU
Raleigh, NC

Shaw University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$11,808 Tuition

 

  • 1,141enrollment
  • $17,785net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 2.6Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 30