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    North Carolina is home to over 200 colleges, including the very first public university in the United States, the University of North Carolina (now named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Since the opening of that school in 1795, the University of North Carolina system encompasses 17 public universities. In addition to UNC-Chapel Hill, the most well-known schools in the state Duke University, Wake Forest University, and Winston-Salem State University. North Carolina State University is the largest University in the state with over 34,000 students. The state also features many well-known historically African-American colleges and universities. The North Carolina Community College system includes 58 community colleges career colleges.

    • Duke University

      Duke University Save

      103 Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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      Duke is to the East Coast what Stanford is to the West: an elite academic institution that somehow also competes at the highest level in athletics. Stanford certainly has the edge in Olympic athletes, but Duke has Coach K, a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Davidson College

      Davidson College Save

      405 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036
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      "According to students on Davidson's beautiful, wooded campus, almost every conversation "either begins with or ends with a description of all the work we have to do and how no one will ever be able to get it done." Professors ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Wake Forest University

      Wake Forest University Save

      1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106
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      "Classes at Wake Forest University are "challenging and usually interesting," and a solid, broad-based core curriculum obligates all students to pursue a well-rounded academic program. "Work Forest," as students often call it, has a "very tough grading system" and savage ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Save

      153 A Country Club Road, Campus Box 2200, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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      With a beautiful campus in a lovely college town, UNC Chapel Hill may be forgiven—by all but Duke and Virginia fans—for the rhetorical question, "If God isn't a Tarheel fan, why did He make the sky Carolina blue?" The alma ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Campbell University

      Campbell University Save

      450 Leslie Campbell Ave, Buies Creek, NC 27506
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      "Campbell is a Baptist-affiliated university the "peaceful" central North Carolina community of Buies Creek. The focus here is largely pre-professional; notable majors include pharmacy, education, and a unique PGA-approved Golf Management program especially designed for students seeking careers in the ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Elon University

      Elon University Save

      100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244
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      Up-and-coming long enough that it has probably arrived, Elon University is one of the most consciously planned academic communities one will ever find. President Leo Lambert inherited a culture of strategic planning followed by meticulous execution; the result is a ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Salem College

      Salem College Save

      601 S Church St, Winston Salem, NC 27101
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      Small, religious-affiliated Salem College - the oldest women's college in America and the thirteenth oldest college overall - provides an exceptional and extremely affordable education versed in both the liberal arts and professional development. You'll find cool traditions galore on ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of North Carolina Wilmington

      University of North Carolina Wilmington Save

      601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
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      The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is located just five miles from Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina and offers offers students degrees in a variety of academic fields including humanities, sciences, health and business. As well as having a ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Master's University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • William Peace University

      William Peace University Save

      15 E Peace St, Raleigh, NC 27604
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      William Peace University in downtown Raleigh, NC, is a small, private college that offers bachelors degree programs in a host of liberal arts and sciences majors. William Peace University was founded in 1857 as the Peace Institute, a learning institution ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Greensboro College

      Greensboro College Save

      815 W Market St, Greensboro, NC 27401
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      About 1,200 students are enrolled at Greensboro College, a four year, coeducational institute affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school emphasizes a sense of family among faculty students and alumni. The Greensboro, NC location is two hours from the ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro

      University of North Carolina at Greensboro Save

      1400 Spring Garden St, Greensboro, NC 27402
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      University of North Carolina-Greensboro is a public school of about 15,000 undergraduate students (69% of whom are female) that offers the affordability and diversity of majors you'd expect at a huge state university without all the hugeness. Skiing, hiking, and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Appalachian State University

      Appalachian State University Save

      Dougherty Administration Building, Boone, NC 28608
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      "This secluded North Carolina college formerly known as Watauga Academy lies in the heart of the Appalachians, quite a distance from the nearest airports or urban areas. The isolation doesn't keep students from their favorite rock stars, though. The Dave ... learn more

      Master's University, Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science

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    • There are 136 Colleges in North Carolina.

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