Best Colleges in North Carolina

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October 5, 2021

Career Resources, Program Excellence Pinpointed in Evaluation Citing Top 100 Schools

SAN FRANCISCO (PR WEB) May 3, 2017 –, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its lists of the best two-year and four-year schools in North Carolina for 2017. The state’s top 50 four-year colleges were honored, with Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Wake Forest University and Queens University of Charlotte in the top five. Of the 50 two-year schools who also made the list, McDowell Technical Community College, Rockingham Community College, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Pitt Community College and Durham Technical Community College landed in the top. A complete list of schools is included below.

“Students have a lot of options when it comes to earning a certificate or degree, but these North Carolina schools have distinguished themselves from the rest,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “The strong post-college earnings we found for their grads can be attributed to not only their solid educational programs, but also their career services and student resources.”

To be included on the “Best Colleges in North Carolina” list, all schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is ranked on additional statistics including the number of degree programs offered, the availability of career and academic resources, the opportunity for financial aid, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college.

Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in North Carolina” list, visit

The Best Four-Year Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 include:
  • Appalachian State University
  • Barton College
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Bennett College
  • Brevard College
  • Campbell University
  • Catawba College
  • Chowan University
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • East Carolina University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Elon University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Greensboro College
  • Guilford College
  • High Point University
  • Johnson C Smith University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Livingstone College
  • Mars Hill University
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • Montreat College
  • North Carolina A & T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Piedmont International University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Saint Augustine's University
  • Salem College
  • Shaw University
  • St Andrews University
  • University of Mount Olive
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Wake Forest University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Western Carolina University
  • William Peace University
  • Wingate University
  • Winston-Salem State University
The Best Two-Year Colleges in North Carolina for 2017 include the following schools:
  • Alamance Community College
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
  • Beaufort County Community College
  • Bladen Community College
  • Blue Ridge Community College
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
  • Cape Fear Community College
  • Carolinas College of Health Sciences
  • Carteret Community College
  • Catawba Valley Community College
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Cleveland Community College
  • Coastal Carolina Community College
  • College of the Albemarle
  • Craven Community College
  • Davidson County Community College
  • Durham Technical Community College
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College
  • Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Gaston College
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • Halifax Community College
  • Haywood Community College
  • James Sprunt Community College
  • Johnston Community College
  • Lenoir Community College
  • Martin Community College
  • McDowell Technical Community College
  • Mitchell Community College
  • Montgomery Community College
  • Nash Community College
  • Pamlico Community College
  • Piedmont Community College
  • Pitt Community College
  • Randolph Community College
  • Rockingham Community College
  • Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
  • Sandhills Community College
  • South Piedmont Community College
  • Southeastern Community College
  • Southwestern Community College
  • Stanly Community College
  • Surry Community College
  • Vance-Granville Community College
  • Wake Technical Community College
  • Wayne Community College
  • Western Piedmont Community College
  • Wilkes Community College
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