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These 5 Universities Are The Best In North Carolina

Carly Rutledge



North Carolina ranks in the top three for best higher education systems in the United States. Universities in North Carolina are recognized for their exceptional graduation rates as well as their 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 Universities in North Carolina feature some incredible campuses and landscapes in addition to their academic distinction.

1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is not only one of the best public universities in North Carolina, but 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 championship.

2. North Carolina State University


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, North Carolina State University also ranks eighth in the nation’s best values for public universities.

3. University of North Carolina Wilmington


Recognized for its academic excellence, affordability, as well as coastal location, the University of North Carolina Wilmington ranks as the 3rd best of the public universities 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?

4. Appalachian State University


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 also offer study abroad opportunities in approximately 200 foreign locations.

5. East Carolina University


Located in Greenville, Eastern Carolina University is also the third-largest of the universities in North Carolina. 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 ethnic minority.