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Colleges in North Carolina

The Tar Heel State is home to a number of excellent institutions of higher education. There are 124 colleges in North Carolina, 75 public and 48 private, offering a wide range of programs and majors. North Carolina has both small schools (defined as less than 2000 students) and "very large" ones (10,000 or more students) and everything in between, including community colleges, in urban and rural environments.


Duke University in Durham is a large, private North Carolina university, housing over 6,000 students. Duke students are known to be academically well-rounded and ambitious, and many remark that the opportunities for self-exploration at Duke allowed them to discover new passions. Duke's academic program includes a requirement for students to take classes in fields other than their major, creating a very balanced and strong educational foundation. Duke is also known for its basketball fever and shares a fierce rivalry with its Chapel Hill neighbors of the University of North Carolina, a decorated academic institution in its own right.


Wake Forest University in Winston Salem is home to about 7,000 students of varying interests, passions, and cultures. Wake Forest students enjoy a research university on a smaller scale. Classes tend to have less than fifty students in them, and students really enjoy the city setting the college provides. Professors get to know their students fairly well, and students frequent their offices and build lasting relationships with them. The typical Wake Forest student tends to be hard-working, passionate, and motivated.


Davidson College, located in the Charlotte suburb of Davidson, is a smaller college with only about 1,600 students. Davidson is somewhat more selective than most colleges, however, with an acceptance rate of about 26%. It offers students an excellent liberal arts education to students, and boasts 23 alumni who became Rhodes Scholars. It also runs on an honor code, allowing students freedom in exchange for honorable and respectful academic conduct. Davidson also prides itself on its financial aid policy, which has replaced all loans with grants, allowing many talented students to pursue a prestigious liberal arts education without the financial burden they might otherwise be presented with.


Other North Carolina colleges include Appalachian State University in Boone, Campbell University in Buies Creek, Catawba College in Salisbury, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Western Carolina University, and many, many more.


Cappex has tons of resources for students considering a college in North Carolina, including plenty of ways to help you find and apply for scholarships. Begin by browsing the complete list of colleges and universities below.


Colleges in North Carolina

School Scholarships Available
Alamance Community College No scholarships
Apex School of Theology 1 scholarships
Appalachian State University 26 scholarships
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College No scholarships
Barton College 169 scholarships
Beaufort County Community College No scholarships
Belmont Abbey College 8 scholarships
Bennett College for Women No scholarships
Bladen Community College No scholarships
Blue Ridge Community College - North Carolina No scholarships
Brevard College 2 scholarships
Brunswick Community College No scholarships
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 18 scholarships
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute No scholarships
Campbell University 5 scholarships
Cape Fear Community College No scholarships
Carolina Christian College No scholarships
Carolina College of Biblical Studies No scholarships
Carolinas College of Health Sciences No scholarships
Carteret Community College No scholarships
Catawba College 11 scholarships
Catawba Valley Community College No scholarships
Central Carolina Community College No scholarships
Central Piedmont Community College No scholarships
Chowan University 12 scholarships
Cleveland Community College No scholarships
Coastal Carolina Community College No scholarships
College of the Albemarle No scholarships
Craven Community College No scholarships
Davidson College 20 scholarships
Davidson County Community College No scholarships
Duke University 8 scholarships
Durham Technical Community College No scholarships
East Carolina University 15 scholarships
Edgecombe Community College No scholarships
Elizabeth City State University 2 scholarships
Elon University 13 scholarships
Fayetteville State University 15 scholarships
Fayetteville Technical Community College No scholarships
Forsyth Technical Community College No scholarships
Gardner-Webb University 12 scholarships
Gaston College 3 scholarships
Grace College of Divinity No scholarships
Greensboro College 10 scholarships
Guilford College 5 scholarships
Guilford Technical Community College No scholarships
Halifax Community College No scholarships
Haywood Community College No scholarships
Heritage Bible College 2 scholarships
High Point University 6 scholarships
Hood Theological Seminary No scholarships
Isothermal Community College No scholarships
James Sprunt Community College No scholarships
Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte 10 scholarships
Johnson C Smith University 56 scholarships
Johnston Community College No scholarships
Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine No scholarships
Laurel University 17 scholarships
Lees-McRae College 4 scholarships
Lenoir Community College No scholarships
Lenoir-Rhyne University 10 scholarships
Livingstone College 7 scholarships
Mars Hill College No scholarships
Martin Community College 6 scholarships
Mayland Community College No scholarships
McDowell Technical Community College No scholarships
Mercy School of Nursing No scholarships
Meredith College 9 scholarships
Methodist University 137 scholarships
Mid-Atlantic Christian University 12 scholarships
Mitchell Community College No scholarships
Montgomery Community College No scholarships
Montreat College No scholarships
Nash Community College No scholarships
New Life Theological Seminary No scholarships
North Carolina A & T State University 15 scholarships
North Carolina Central University 6 scholarships
North Carolina State University 51 scholarships
North Carolina Wesleyan College 20 scholarships
Pamlico Community College No scholarships
Pfeiffer University 6 scholarships
Piedmont Community College No scholarships
Piedmont International University 14 scholarships
Pitt Community College No scholarships
Queens University of Charlotte 6 scholarships
Randolph Community College No scholarships
Richmond Community College No scholarships
Roanoke-Chowan Community College No scholarships
Robeson Community College No scholarships
Rockingham Community College No scholarships
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College No scholarships
Saint Augustine's University 4 scholarships
Salem College 10 scholarships
Sampson Community College No scholarships
Sandhills Community College No scholarships
Shaw University 1 scholarships
Shepherds Theological Seminary No scholarships
South Piedmont Community College No scholarships
Southeastern Community College - North Carolina No scholarships
Southwestern Community College - North Carolina No scholarships
St. Andrews University 5 scholarships
Stanly Community College No scholarships
Surry Community College No scholarships
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 308 scholarships
Tri-County Community College No scholarships
University of Mount Olive 2 scholarships
University of North Carolina at Asheville 9 scholarships
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 7 scholarships
University of North Carolina at Charlotte 192 scholarships
University of North Carolina at Pembroke 164 scholarships
University of North Carolina School of the Arts 1 scholarships
University of North Carolina Wilmington 290 scholarships
Vance-Granville Community College No scholarships
Wake Forest University 22 scholarships
Wake Technical Community College No scholarships
Warren Wilson College 24 scholarships
Wayne Community College No scholarships
Western Carolina University 149 scholarships
Western Piedmont Community College No scholarships
Wilkes Community College No scholarships
William Peace University 5 scholarships
Wilson Community College No scholarships
Wingate University 5 scholarships
Winston-Salem State University 331 scholarships