The Best North Carolina Colleges

The Best Colleges in North Carolina for 2022

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in North Carolina as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2022 as the best overall college in North Carolina is Duke University. The top rated public state college is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


34 results

Duke University
D
Durham, NC
Duke University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in America

  • 16,172enrollment
  • $26,932net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.94Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC
Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,983enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 2

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

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#10 Best Value Colleges in America

  • 30,092enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1490SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.39Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
N
Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#17 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,042enrollment
  • $14,600net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Elon University
E
Elon, NC
Elon University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 7,117enrollment
  • $39,401net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 4.04Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
N
Winston-Salem, NC
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 1,070enrollment
  • $11,940net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Queens University of Charlotte
Q
Charlotte, NC
Queens University of Charlotte

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 2,338enrollment
  • $25,756net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1230SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.41Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

University of North Carolina at Wilmington
N
Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 17,915enrollment
  • $17,946net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1310SAT range
  • 23-27ACT range
  • 4.01Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Campbell University
C
Buies Creek, NC
Campbell University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 5,964enrollment
  • $26,299net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1210SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

University of North Carolina at Asheville
N
Asheville, NC
University of North Carolina at Asheville

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 3,363enrollment
  • $13,854net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Meredith College
M
Raleigh, NC
Meredith College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,802enrollment
  • $25,357net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1008-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
N
Charlotte, NC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 30,146enrollment
  • $16,029net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1280SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Appalachian State University
A
Boone, NC
Appalachian State University

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

#7 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 20,023enrollment
  • $10,687net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1240SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.98Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Mar 31

East Carolina University
E
Greenville, NC
East Carolina University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 28,798enrollment
  • $15,403net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1170SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 15

Catawba College
C
Salisbury, NC
Catawba College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,371enrollment
  • $18,657net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 940-1140SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.59Avg Weighted GPA

Western Carolina University
W
Cullowhee, NC
Western Carolina University

Public 4 Year

10 reviews

#9 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 12,243enrollment
  • $13,221net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Guilford College
G
Greensboro, NC
Guilford College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#8 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,429enrollment
  • $24,640net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 930-1170SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Applications Due Feb 15

Gardner Webb University
G
Boiling Springs, NC
Gardner Webb University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#9 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 3,536enrollment
  • $20,363net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 945-1160SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA