Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
North Carolina ranks in the top three for best higher education systems in the United States. NC universities are recognized for their exceptional graduation rates and close student-to-faculty ratio. The Tar Hell state is also home to our nation’s first ever public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As you’ll notice in the photos below, the top North Carolina Universities feature some incredible campuses and landscapes in addition to their academic distinction.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is not only the best public university in NC, it is also the first public university in the nation. In 2014, UNC was ranked first on Princeton Review’s “Best Value Public Colleges”. The UNC faculty works closely with their students as evident by the 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. In addition to stellar academics, Carolina has won 42 NCAA Division 1 national championships.
Located in Raleigh, North Carolina State University marks one of the edges of the Research Triangle. The largest university in both North and South Carolina, NC State offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. According to U.S News and World Report, NC State ranks eighth in the nation’s best values for public universities.
Recognized for its academic excellence, affordability, and coastal location, the University of North Carolina Wilmington ranks as the 3rd best public college in North Carolina. They may not have a football team, but UNCW’s surf team is one of the best in the U.S! What other college schedules classes around the tides?
If the beach isn’t for you, you’re likely to fall in love with the mountains surrounding Appalachian State University’s green campus. ASU students are known for their outdoorsy nature; after all, ASU is one of the few universities to offer a physical education course in snowboarding! This unique university offers a low student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1. Despite how incredible as the courses and campus are, ASU encourages students to travel the world. They offer study abroad opportunities in approximately 200 foreign places.
Located in Greenville, Eastern Carolina University is the third largest university in NC. ECU has upward of 400 student organizations and a strong school spirit. Even the local Starbucks tops their drinks with purple whipped cream on game days! ECU is a well-rounded university with 30% of students representing an ethic minority.