Aug 20, 2017

North Carolina

North Carolina is a state located in the Southeast region of the United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the north, Tennessee to the west, South Carolina to the south and Georgia to the west. To the east of the state lies the Atlantic Ocean, providing the state with more than 300 miles of coastline. Raleigh is the state capital. Other major cities include Greensboro, Charlotte and Durham.

North-CarolinaWith a total population of 9,848,060 (2013 U.S. Census Estimates), North Carolina is the tenth most populous state in the country.

Once a traditional economy based on tobacco, furniture and textiles, North Carolina has transformed into a global economy that is driven by knowledge-based enterprises. Among the key industries are advanced manufacturing, aerospace and aviation, defense, financial services, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, and software and information technology. Thirteen companies headquartered in North Carolina made the 2014 Fortune 500 list, including Bank of America, Lowe's Companies, Duke Energy Corporation, and Nucor Corporation.

The University of North Carolina is the state’s public university system, comprising 16 campuses across the state and at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. In addition, there are over 30 private colleges in the state.

Top Reasons to Study in North Carolina

  • Quality of Life: North Carolina consistently ranks at the top among the best places to live and do business. The state enjoys a moderate climate, vibrant cultural scene, world-class sports and recreational activities, and some of the best health care institutions nationwide. In 2014, the city of Durham was ranked fourth among the top 100 best places to live by com. Greensboro came in at 19th.
  • Cost of Living: The cost of living is below the national average.
  • Employment Prospects: North Carolina is home to a thriving economy. Charlotte is a major financial services hub, second only to New York in the nation.
  • Education Quality: Three North Carolina colleges are ranked among the top 100 universities nationally. In the 2014 US News ranking, Duke University came seventh, while Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill ranked 23rd and 30th

Featured Colleges and Universities

Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.

For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in North Carolina, visit the State of North Carolina website.


College Popular Majors Type of Institution Enrollment
Campbell University Business,Education,Health Private >10,000 Request Info
Wake Forest University Biological/Life Sciences,Mechanical Engineering,Psychology Private >10,000 Request Info
Duke University Economics,Psychology,Public Policy Private >10,000 Request Info
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Biological/Life Sciences,Journalism/ Mass Communication,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
Central Piedmont Community College Business,Health,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info
East Carolina University Business,Education,Health Public >10,000 Request Info
Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte Business,Engineering,Psychology Public >10,000 Request Info
North Carolina State University Business,Health,Liberal Arts Public >10,000 Request Info