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122 Schools in North Carolina Match Your Criteria

  1. School Name Tuition & Fees Years Accredited Student Population School Type Degree Levels
  2. School Name

    Wingate University

    Wingate, NC
    Tuition & Fees
    $23,845
    Years Accredited
    63 (1951)
    Student Population
    2,692
    School Type
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Masters)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
  3. School Name

    Winston-Salem State University

    Winston-Salem, NC
    Tuition & Fees
    $4,941
    Years Accredited
    67 (1947)
    Student Population
    7,334
    School Type
    Public, 4-year or above
    Degree Levels
    Certificate (Post-Bachelors)
    Bachelors
    Doctoral
    Masters
    School Website
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College Costs

Tuition in North Carolina has risen quickly in recent years, especially at the state's 2-year public colleges and universities. While costs for 4-year in-state tuition at both public and private schools has stayed on par with increasing costs nationally since 2006, in-state tuition at 2-year institutions increased by 53.7% between 2008 and 2011. This is more than double the national increase of 24.9% over those three years. One reason this is the case is the reduced state education budget, which has not only pushed up the cost of tuition but forced many schools to cut faculty positions and on-campus resources.

College Enrollment

Despite the increasing cost of 2-year public institutions, enrollment at those schools has increased in recent years, while enrollment at North Carolina's 4-year schools has decreased. Part of the reason is that one of the state's flagship universities, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, cut 16,000 course seats and eliminated two distance education centers within the last five years. Other universities have had to make similar, though less drastic, cuts. However, enrollment at public 2-year schools increased 26.6% between 2005 and 2010, compared to a national increase of 16.7%. As in other states, North Carolina saw a surge of students looking for vocational and technical education during the recession.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • North Carolina College Savings and Investment Program: The state's 529 plan offers students and parents several means of saving for college ahead of time. Recently, North Carolina's government eliminated the state tax break that used to be included in the program, but enrollees still get federal tax benefits. They're also able to choose between a range of investment options, some of which have low minimum contributions for those in need.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • The John William Pope Center: This nonprofit, based in North Carolina and dedicated to helping students throughout the state and nation, advocates for quality in higher education. The organization works with students, parents, faculty and others associated with higher education in the state in order to ensure that students are accessing the best possible college or university experience.
    • College Foundation of North Carolina: This comprehensive nonprofit includes resources for students of all ages. It aims to help students and families plan, pay for, and attend college successfully, and it connects users to a number of online and in-person resources, including college preparatory materials, financial aid, and career planning tools.
    • Carolina College Advising Corps: This organization, based out of the University of North Carolina, connects low-income and potential first generation college students to advisors. Through mentoring and skill-building, the organization aims to increase the number of disadvantaged students who enter higher education.
  4. Higher Education News

    • University of North Carolina News: This site covers news from the state's numerous public institutions of higher education, providing insight into happenings and trends.
    • Education Week North Carolina: EdWeek is a national education publication, but it provides a state-by-state breakdown of current news, allowing the reader to focus on trends in North Carolina's education system.

Higher Education in North Carolina

North Carolina Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 59% North Carolina
      Graduation Rate
    • 1475 SAT North Carolina
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in North Carolina

  • NC US
    Public 2-Year
  • NC US
    Public 4-Year
  • NC US
    Private 4-year

North Carolina Institutions

  • NC US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • NC US
    Public
    Institutions
  • NC US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • NC US
    Private For-Profit Institutions

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