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90 Colleges
8,504 Yearly Graduations
$34,475 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,444 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

North Carolina ranked #16 in the nation for nursing degrees handed out in 2019. Around 8,504 students received some type of diploma that year. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in North Carolina is $8,619 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $14,179 a year.

An estimated 40% of college students in North Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,111 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
922 Yearly Degrees
$7,181 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,747 students at UNCW in total, 14,452 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 12,157 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at UNCW is 87%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,990 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UNCW with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
519 Yearly Degrees
$57,931 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,606 students at Duke in total, 6,682 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,659 are full-time. The freshman retention rate at Duke is 97%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Only 10% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 50% are men and 50% are women.

Roughly 25% of students at Duke take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,502 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 0.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Duke with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $76,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
509 Yearly Degrees
$7,238 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 28,718 students at ECU in total, 23,071 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 19,562 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at ECU is 4.5 years.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Roughly 66% of students at ECU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,407 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,900 during the early-career years.

#4

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
385 Yearly Degrees
$5,941 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,741 undergraduates at WSSU, of which 4,124 are full-time, and there are 5,190 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

About 67% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 28% are men and 72% are women.

86% of WSSU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,299 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,800 during the early-career years.

#5

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
333 Yearly Degrees
$7,403 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Greensboro is 20,106, of which 16,641 students are undergraduates and of those, 14,265 are full-time. For undergraduates at UNC Greensboro, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

About 78% of students who apply get accepted. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

67% of UNC Greensboro students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,724 a year. UNC Greensboro has a 6.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNC Greensboro is $32,100.

#6

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
330 Yearly Degrees
$6,905 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Charlotte is 29,710, of which 24,387 students are undergraduates and of those, 21,025 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNC Charlotte is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Of the accepted students, 47% are men and 53% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at UNC Charlotte take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,025 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UNC Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#7

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
288 Yearly Degrees
$8,980 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,117 undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill, of which 18,526 are full-time, and there are 30,011 students altogether. It takes the average UNC Chapel Hill undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

Only 24% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Approximately 28% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,478 a year. UNC Chapel Hill has a 1.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
278 Yearly Degrees
$4,277 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Carolina University is 11,639, of which 10,027 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,617 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WCU is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 39%. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

67% of WCU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,190 a year. WCU has a 6.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WCU is $31,900.

#9

Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
188 Yearly Degrees
$2,004 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Forsyth Technical Community College is 7,779, which includes 2,931 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

69% of Forsyth Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,090 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Forsyth Tech is $22,700.

#10

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
187 Yearly Degrees
$7,409 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,108 students at Appalachian State in total, 17,381 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 16,421 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 70%. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,519 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Appalachian State is $33,000.

#10

Gardner - Webb University

Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
187 Yearly Degrees
$31,850 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,036 undergraduates at Gardner - Webb, of which 1,641 are full-time, and there are 3,598 students altogether. It takes the average Gardner - Webb undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 53%. Of the accepted students, 40% are men and 60% are women.

Roughly 60% of students at Gardner - Webb take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,261 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gardner - Webb is $33,200.

#12

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
183 Yearly Degrees
$5,274 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,318 students at Fayetteville State University in total, 5,473 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,058 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Fayetteville State University is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 68%. Around 32% of accepted students are men, and 68% are women.

Roughly 72% of students at Fayetteville State University take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,515 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Fayetteville State University is $24,800.

#13

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
179 Yearly Degrees
$2,282 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,654 students at DCCC in total, 1,446 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 15% of students at DCCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,515 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,500 during the early-career years.

#14

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
145 Yearly Degrees
$2,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 21,872 students at Wake Technical Community College in total, 7,611 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 22% of students at Wake Technical Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,995 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wake Technical Community College is $27,500.

#15

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
127 Yearly Degrees
$2,544 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Fayetteville Technical Community College is 11,534, which includes 4,509 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from FTCC is $21,100.

#16

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
126 Yearly Degrees
$35,720 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Queens University of Charlotte is 2,536, of which 1,766 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,552 are full-time. It takes the average Queens undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 29% are men and 71% are women.

Approximately 85% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,673 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Queens is $40,900.

#17

Gaston College

Dallas, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
121 Yearly Degrees
$2,704 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Gaston College is 5,362, which includes 1,430 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Students who graduate from Gaston College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Carolinas College of Health Sciences

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
117 Yearly Degrees
$14,812 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 467 students at Carolinas College of Health Sciences in total, 65 are full-time undergraduates. Carolinas College of Health Sciences has a freshman retention rate of 100%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Only 24% of students who apply get accepted. Around 22% of accepted students are men, and 78% are women.

100% of Carolinas College of Health Sciences students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $2,227 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Carolinas College of Health Sciences with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $48,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
108 Yearly Degrees
$2,319 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,520 students at Guilford Technical Community College in total, 4,316 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

33% of Guilford Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,498 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Guilford Technical Community College is $22,000.

#19

Durham Technical Community College

Durham, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
108 Yearly Degrees
$2,228 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Durham Technical Community College is 5,434, which includes 1,376 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

8% of Durham Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,117 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Durham Technical Community College is $22,600.

#21

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
101 Yearly Degrees
$2,640 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,012 students at Edgecombe Community College in total, 650 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,202 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Edgecombe Community College is $20,500.

Public Public vs. Private
101 Yearly Degrees
$2,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,242 full-time undergraduates at A-B Tech, and 6,892 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

11% of A-B Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,549 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from A-B Tech is $24,300.

#21

Pitt Community College

Winterville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
101 Yearly Degrees
$1,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,185 students at Pitt Community College in total, 3,450 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 57% of students at Pitt Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Pitt Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
90 Yearly Degrees
$2,748 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,552 full-time undergraduates at CFCC, and 8,378 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

18% of CFCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,289 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CFCC is $24,000.

#25

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Salisbury, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
85 Yearly Degrees
$2,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,349 full-time undergraduates at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and 6,355 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other North Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 82
27 Central Piedmont Community College 80
28 North Carolina Central University 77
29 Sandhills Community College 73
30 Richmond Community College 70
31 Miller-Motte College Raleigh 63
32 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 62
33 North Carolina A & T State University 60
33 Lenoir - Rhyne University 60
35 Wilson Community College 59
36 Wayne Community College 58
36 University of Mount Olive 58
38 Sampson Community College 57
38 Bladen Community College 57
40 Craven Community College 56
40 Beaufort County Community College 56
42 Southeastern Community College 55
43 Central Carolina Community College 54
43 Watts School of Nursing 54
45 Chamberlain University - North Carolina 52
46 Vance-Granville Community College 51
47 Barton College 50
47 McDowell Technical Community College 50
49 Lenoir Community College 49
50 Isothermal Community College 48
50 Coastal Carolina Community College 48
52 Miller-Motte College Fayetteville 47
53 Surry Community College 46
54 Rockingham Community College 45
55 Robeson Community College 44
55 Lees - McRae College 44
55 College of the Albemarle 44
55 Haywood Community College 44
59 Campbell University 41
60 Alamance Community College 40
60 Piedmont Community College 40
62 South Piedmont Community College 39
62 Southwestern Community College 39
64 Brunswick Community College 38
64 Nash Community College 38
66 Western Piedmont Community College 36
67 Catawba Valley Community College 35
68 Stanly Community College 34
69 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 32
70 Mayland Community College 31
71 Mitchell Community College 30
72 Cleveland Community College 29
73 Blue Ridge Community College 28
73 Methodist University 28
75 South University, High Point 26
75 Wilkes Community College 26
77 Wake Forest University 23
78 Johnston Community College 21
78 Wingate University 21
80 Carteret Community College 20
80 James Sprunt Community College 20
80 Mars Hill University 20
80 Montgomery Community College 20
84 Halifax Community College 18
85 Tri-County Community College 17
86 Randolph Community College 14
86 Pfeiffer University 14
88 Catawba College 10
89 Roanoke-Chowan Community College 5
90 William Peace University 0

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