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Higher Education Overview

The higher education system in North Carolina can be broken down into the following categories: one large public university system, more than 15 liberal arts colleges, 35 private universities and colleges and a community college system with about 60 different community colleges. Located on the East Coast of the United States, there are many different varied opportunities for students who wish to study in the state of North Carolina.

The University of North Carolina System is the system that encompasses all state-run universities. There are more than 15 different campuses within the system, with the flagship campus being the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This university, often referred to as UNC Chapel Hill, was founded in 1789 and the first students began attending classes in 1795. UNC Chapel Hill is one of three different schools in the United States that can lay claim to being one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the country. Students who go to UNC Chapel Hill today can choose from more than 70 different degree programs. Prominent alumni include former U.S. President James K. Polk and Vice President William R. King.

The largest university in North Carolina is North Carolina State University, which is also a part of the University of North Carolina System. It was originally founded as a land-grant university but it is now also a sea-grant and space-grant institution. It is considered to be one of the main research schools in the state, along with UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University. With more than 100 different degree programs available, North Carolina State is most known for its programs in textiles, design, life sciences and agriculture. The university has also produced several notable alumni included former United States politician John Edwards and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Duke University is another well known university in the state, and makes up a corner of the Research Triangle along with NC State and UNC Chapel Hill. The difference between Duke and these other two research schools is the fact that Duke is a private university. Duke was founded in 1838 and is currently located in Durham, North Carolina. It is consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the country, and is known for its prestigious academic programs that are broken down into arts and sciences programs and engineering programs. Most students enroll in programs that are a part of the arts and sciences school.

Colleges & UniversitiesAddressCityZipPhone
Appalachian State University287 Rivers StBoone28608(828) 262-2000
Barber-Scotia College145 Cabarrus Ave WConcord28025(704) 789-2900
Barton College704 College St NeWilson27893(800) 345-4973
Belmont Abbey College100 Belmont-Mt.Holly RdBelmont28012(888) 222-0110
Bennett College900 E Washington StGreensboro27401(336) 517-2100
Brevard College1 Brevard College DrBrevard28712(828) 883-8292
Campbell University450 Leslie Campbell AveBuies Creek27506(910) 893-1200
Catawba College2300 W Innes StSalisbury28144(704) 637-4111
Chowan College1 University PlaceMurfreesboro27855(252) 398-6500
Davidson College405 N Main StDavidson28035(704) 894-2000
Duke UniversityDurham27708(919) 684-8111
East Carolina University1001 E 5th StGreenville27858(252) 328-6131
Elizabeth City State University1704 Weeksville RdElizabeth City27909(252) 335-3400
Elon University100 Campus DrElon27244(336) 278-2000
Fayetteville State University1200 Murchison RdFayetteville28301(910) 672-1111
Gardner-Webb University110 S Main StBoiling Springs28017(704) 406-4000
Greensboro College815 W Market StGreensboro27401(336) 272-7102
Guilford College5800 W Friendly AveGreensboro27410(336) 316-2000
High Point University833 Montlieu AveHigh Point27262(800) 345-6993
Johnson C. Smith University100 Beatties Ford RdCharlotte28216(704) 378-1000
Lees-Mcrae College191 Main St WBanner Elk28604(828) 898-5241
Lenoir-Rhyne College625 7th Ave NeHickory28601(828) 328-1741
Livingstone College701 W Monroe StSalisbury28144(800) 835-3435
Louisburg College501 N Main StLouisburg27549(919) 496-2521
Mars Hill College100 Athletic StMars Hill28754(866) 642-4968
Meredith College3800 Hillsborough StRaleigh27607(919) 760-8600
Methodist College5400 Ramsey StFayetteville28311(910) 630-7000
Montreat College310 Gaither CirMontreat28757(828) 669-8012
Mount Olive College634 Henderson StMt Olive28365(919) 658-7794
North Carolina Central University1801 Fayetteville StDurham27707(919) 530-6100
North Carolina At State University1601 E Market StGreensboro27411(336) 334-7500
North Carolina School Of The Arts1533 S Main StWinston-Salem27127(336) 770-3399
North Carolina State University2211 Hillsborough StRaleigh27607(919) 515-2011
North Carolina Wesleyan College3400 N Wesleyan BlvdRocky Mt27804(252) 985-5100
Peace College15 E Peace StRaleigh27604(919) 508-2000
Pfeiffer University48380 U.S. 52Misenheimer28109(800) 338-2060
Piedmont Baptist College420 S Broad StWinston Salem27101(800) 937-5097
Queens University Of Charlotte1900 Selwyn AveCharlotte28207(704) 337-2200
Roanoke Bible College715 N Poindexter StElizabeth City27909(252) 334-2070
St.Andrews Presbyterian College1700 Dogwood MileLaurinburg28352(910) 277-5000
St.Augustines College1315 Oakwood AveRaleigh27610(919) 516-4000
Salem College601 S Church StWinston-Salem27101(336) 721-2600
Shaw University118 E South StRaleigh27601(919) 546-8569
University Of North Carolina
University Of North Carolina - Asheville1 University HeightsAsheville28804(828) 251-6600
University Of North Carolina - Chapel Hill220 E Cameron AveChapel Hill27514(919) 962-2211
University Of North Carolina - Charlotte9201 University City BlvdCharlotte28223(704) 687-8622
University Of North Carolina - Greensboro1400 Spring Garden StGreensboro27412(336) 334-5000
University Of North Carolina - Pembroke1 University DrPembroke28372(910) 521-6000
University Of North Carolina - Wilmington601 S College RdWilmington28403(910) 962-3000
Wake Forest University1834 Wake Forest RdWinston Salem27109(336) 758-5430
Warren Wilson College701 Warren Wilson RdSwannanoa28778(828) 298-3325
Western Carolina University1 University WayCullowhee28723(828) 227-7170
Wingate University220 N Camden RdWingate28174(704) 233-8000
Winston-Salem State University601 S Martin Luther King Jr DrWinston Salem27110(336) 750-2000

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