Best North Carolina Colleges

Ranking top Colleges and Universities in North Carolina for 2022

There are 133 colleges and universities in North Carolina enrolling 546,087 students. Explore the list of top colleges in North Carolina below to begin your college search. The CollegeSimply rankings are objective and data-driven in order to help you find good matches for you. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page. Whether you're searching for a good public, private or community college, this guide to universities in North Carolina offers a comprehensive view to the state's higher education options.

 North Carolina is home to nationally ranked institutions like Duke University, Davidson College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University at Raleigh. The highest ranked college in North Carolina is Duke University and the top rated public state college is University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Local college options can be explored in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Winston-Salem or other cities.


133 results

List of the Best North Carolina Colleges

Duke University
D
Durham, NC
Duke University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

#1 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 16,172enrollment
  • $26,932net price
  • 8%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.94Estimated Avg GPA
Davidson College
D
Davidson, NC
Davidson College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#2 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,983enrollment
  • $28,615net price
  • 20%acceptance rate
  • 1300-1460SAT range
  • 30-33ACT range
  • 3.82Avg GPA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Chapel Hill, NC
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 30,092enrollment
  • $10,038net price
  • 25%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1490SAT range
  • 28-33ACT range
  • 4.39Avg Weighted GPA
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
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Raleigh, NC
North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#4 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 36,042enrollment
  • $14,600net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA
Elon University
E
Elon, NC
Elon University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#5 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 7,117enrollment
  • $39,401net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 4.04Avg Weighted 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

#6 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,070enrollment
  • $11,940net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA
Queens University of Charlotte
Q
Charlotte, NC
Queens University of Charlotte

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#7 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 2,338enrollment
  • $25,756net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1230SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.41Estimated Avg GPA
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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Wilmington, NC
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#8 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 17,915enrollment
  • $17,946net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1310SAT range
  • 23-27ACT range
  • 4.01Avg Weighted GPA
Campbell University
C
Buies Creek, NC
Campbell University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#9 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 5,964enrollment
  • $26,299net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1210SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
University of North Carolina at Asheville
N
Asheville, NC
University of North Carolina at Asheville

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#10 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 3,363enrollment
  • $13,854net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.47Avg GPA
Meredith College
M
Raleigh, NC
Meredith College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#11 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,802enrollment
  • $25,357net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1008-1200SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
N
Charlotte, NC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#12 Best Colleges 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

#13 Best Colleges 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

#14 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 28,798enrollment
  • $15,403net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1170SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA
Catawba College
C
Salisbury, NC
Catawba College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#15 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,371enrollment
  • $18,657net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 940-1140SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.59Avg Weighted GPA
Western Carolina University
W
Cullowhee, NC
Western Carolina University

Public 4 Year

10 reviews

#16 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 12,243enrollment
  • $13,221net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Guilford College
G
Greensboro, NC
Guilford College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#17 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,429enrollment
  • $24,640net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 930-1170SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA
Gardner Webb University
G
Boiling Springs, NC
Gardner Webb University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

#18 Best Colleges in North Carolina

  • 3,536enrollment
  • $20,363net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 945-1160SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA