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74 SCHOOLS in NORTH CAROLINA

Nicknamed the Tarheel State, North Carolina is famed for its stability and endurance. The name was originally an insult referring to the state’s early industry (boiling pine sap into pitch), but North Carolinians took on the name with pride as a symbol of their tenacity; once they dug in their heels, they stayed dug in. North Carolina was Britain’s first shot at the New World, but its forbidding barrier islands and strongly-organized native population distrustful of the colonizers, made the Carolina Province difficult. Sir Walter Raleigh’s first attempt at a permanent British colony, composed of all men, clashed with the native Croatan people, establishing bad blood with their overt aggression; the second (the legendary Lost Colony), including men, women, and children, was neglected for three years due to England’s war with Spain, only to disappear, probably due to the same tensions created by the first settlement. The two ill-fated colonies convinced Britain to try Virginia instead, but the success of colonies in Virginia and Pennsylvania had a positive impact on North Carolina, as settlers from the north gradually spread into the colony searching for space.

For most of its history, North Carolina was an agricultural state primarily made up of family and sustenance farmers, though a cotton and tobacco-growing plantation system based on slave labor grew in the eastern part of the state. Like other Southern states, North Carolina was devastated by the Civil War, and the latter half of the 19th century was often a time of violence, oppression, and poverty. However, North Carolina had something many of the Deep South states did not – a long-standing, well-established education system that gave it the means to adjust to the Industrial Revolution and new economy of the 20th century.

Cotton and tobacco remained central to North Carolina’s economy, and tobacco wealth was critical to the growth of private research universities like Duke University and Wake Forest University. But, more importantly, North Carolina’s natural resources, and the development of railroad and manufacturing technology, helped the state become an industrial leader. Cities grew up around textile, tobacco, and furniture factories. Its many rivers made it possible for North Carolina to establish hydroelectric power and electrify the state much earlier than other Southern states, while modern technology helped the state’s agricultural base to industrialize. As such, North Carolina quickly grew throughout the 20th century. The close proximity of three of the South’s largest research universities – the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and North Carolina State University – gave rise to the Research Triangle, the nation’s first high-tech hub, in the 1950s, and that momentum has never slowed.

Today, Charlotte, NC is the third-largest banking and finance hub in the US (as well as one of the fastest-growing cities), and the Triangle is one of the most prominent technology and medical centers in the nation, with numerous Fortune 500 corporations and world-class hospitals. North Carolina has a public higher education system that stands alongside New York and California in size and quality, from flagship UNC in Chapel Hill, to some of the nation’s most prominent public HBCUs, including North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and North Carolina A&T University. North Carolina is home to two of the Southern Ivies, Duke and Wake Forest (which stand alongside institutions like Emory and Vanderbilt as the most elite private research universities in the nation), as well as highly-ranked small liberal arts colleges like Elon University and Davidson College. North Carolina has entered the 21st century as one of the most promising states in the US, with a growing population and growing wealth and influence, and its model colleges and universities deserve a great deal of gratitude.

Apex School of Theology

Durham, NC

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App state

Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

68.6
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Barton College

Barton College

Wilson, NC

65.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
59
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
71.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, NC

62.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
55.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Bennett College

Greensboro, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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61
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Brevard College

Brevard, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
65.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Concord, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
69.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Campbell University

Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

62.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Carolina Christian College

Winston Salem, NC

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Carolina College of Biblical Studies

Fayetteville, NC

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Catawba College

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

61
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
53.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Chamberlain College of Nursing-North Carolina

Charlotte, NC

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Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary

Charlotte, NC

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Chowan University

Chowan University

Murfreesboro, NC

54.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
39
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts

Asheville, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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Davidson

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

78.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
78.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
78
STUDENT CONSENSUS

DeVry University-North Carolina

Charlotte, NC

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duke

Duke University

Durham, NC

77.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
76
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
78.6
STUDENT CONSENSUS
East Carolina University

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

59.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
41.2
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77.4
STUDENT CONSENSUS
ECSU

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC

57
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Elon University

Elon University

Elon, NC

73.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
70
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
63.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Gardner Webb University

Gardner-Webb University

Boiling Springs, NC

55.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville, NC

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Greensboro College

Greensboro College

Greensboro, NC

56.3
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
65
STUDENT CONSENSUS
guilford college campus 1

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

52.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
36
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Heritage Bible College

Dunn, NC

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High Point University

High Point University

High Point, NC

66.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
57
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Hood Theological Seminary

Salisbury, NC

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Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
75.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
JCSU steps

Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
66.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine

Sugar Grove, NC

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Laurel University

High Point, NC

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Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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66
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Hickory, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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73
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Living Arts College

Raleigh, NC

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Livingstone College

Salisbury, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
62.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University

Mars Hill, NC

56.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
51
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
61.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Meredith College

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

59.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
42.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Methodist University

Methodist University

Fayetteville, NC

55.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Elizabeth City, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
80
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Miller-Motte College-Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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montreat

Montreat College

Montreat, NC

60.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
44.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
77
STUDENT CONSENSUS
North Carolina AT University

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, NC

56.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
39
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS
NC Central

North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

57.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
46
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
NCSU

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

64.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
north Carolina Wesleyan College

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, NC

55.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
45
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Pfeiffer University

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, NC

56.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
47
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Piedmont International University

Winston-Salem, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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Queens University Charlotte

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

60.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
50.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Saint Augustines University

Saint Augustine's University

Raleigh, NC

52
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
39
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
65
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Salem College

Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

56.8
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
48.8
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
64.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Shaw University

Raleigh, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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63.5
STUDENT CONSENSUS

Shepherds Theological Seminary

Cary, NC

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Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Wake Forest, NC

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St Andrews University

Laurinburg, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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65.5
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Strayer University-North Carolina

Morrisville, NC

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The Art Institute of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
73
STUDENT CONSENSUS

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham

Durham, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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University of Mount Olive

University of Mount Olive

Mount Olive, NC

62.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
69.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
UNC Asheville

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, NC

60.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
44.7
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
unc CH

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

73.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
66.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
80
STUDENT CONSENSUS
uncc

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

54.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40.8
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
68
STUDENT CONSENSUS
University North Carolina Greensboro

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

57.9
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
42
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
73.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
UNC pembroke

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

58.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
43
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
74
STUDENT CONSENSUS

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
70.7
STUDENT CONSENSUS
unc Wilmington

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

65.1
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
54.3
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
75.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS

University of Phoenix-North Carolina

Charlotte, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
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Wake Forest

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

73.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
68.8
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
78
STUDENT CONSENSUS
warren wilson

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC

55.2
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
40
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
70.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
WCU

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

66.5
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
57
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
76
STUDENT CONSENSUS

William Peace University

Raleigh, NC

NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
NOT ENOUGH CONSENSUS
69.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS
wingate

Wingate University

Wingate, NC

64.4
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
56.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
72.3
STUDENT CONSENSUS
Winston Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

54.7
COLLEGE CONSENSUS
42.5
PUBLISHER CONSENSUS
66.8
STUDENT CONSENSUS