Top Rated North Carolina Public Colleges

The Best Public Colleges in North Carolina for 2022

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


16 results

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

Public 4 Year

2 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
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
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
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
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
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
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
N
Greensboro, NC
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#10 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 19,764enrollment
  • $9,853net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 980-1160SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA
Winston Salem State University
W
HBCU
Winston-Salem, NC
Winston Salem State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 5,169enrollment
  • $11,868net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 900-1030SAT range
  • 17-19ACT range
  • 3.01Avg GPA
North Carolina A & T State University
N
HBCU
Greensboro, NC
North Carolina A & T State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#12 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 12,753enrollment
  • $9,541net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 960-1130SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Elizabeth City State University
E
HBCU
Elizabeth City, NC
Elizabeth City State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#13 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 2,002enrollment
  • $3,270net price
  • 75%acceptance rate
  • 840-1000SAT range
  • 15-19ACT range
  • 3.16Avg GPA
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
N
Pembroke, NC
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

#14 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 8,262enrollment
  • $10,069net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 910-1090SAT range
  • 17-21ACT range
  • 3.5Avg Weighted GPA
Fayetteville State University
F
HBCU
Fayetteville, NC
 
Fayetteville State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#15 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 6,726enrollment
  • $7,016net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 840-1000SAT range
  • 16-20ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
North Carolina Central University
N
HBCU
Durham, NC
North Carolina Central University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#16 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 8,078enrollment
  • $13,324net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 850-1010SAT range
  • 15-19ACT range
  • 3.02Estimated Avg GPA