Colleges in Charlotte

Colleges in Charlotte

Located in the southwest region of North Carolina, Charlotte is the most populous city in the state and borders its southern sibling, South Carolina. The gamma global city is the second-largest banking center in the US, home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Romare Bearden Park, and headquarters for Bank of America, as well as tops the charts for young adult population growth, which may have something to do with the collection of higher education institutions in Charlotte.

Central Piedmont Community College is a public 2-year institution, the largest in the Carolinas and serves more than 70,000 students each year through its main campus in Charlotte and several satellite locations. There are only two other public institution in the area, one of which is the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, a public research institution that offers more than 200 degrees through three campuses in the Queen City. The other public institution is 2-year institution Carolinas College of Health Sciences, which offers programs for entry-level positions in healthcare, such as radiologic technology and nursing.

The majority of the higher education institutions are private, several dating back to the 19th century. The oldest institution in the city is Queens University of Charlotte, which was founded in 1857. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its three colleges and schools. The second-oldest in Charlotte is Johnson C. Smith University, an historically black university founded in 1867 that offers 24 areas of study for undergraduate students as well as a Master of Social Work.  

Seven higher education institutions added to the city’s collection during the 90s including Wake Forest University of Business, Montreat College, Northeast University, Johnson & Wales University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte School of Law, and Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary. Several of the private institutions are for-profit, including Strayer University, ECPI University, ITT Technical Institute, Devry University, as well as the Charlotte School of Law. There are several institutions in the surrounding area that are well-known, including Belmont Abbey College, Wingate University, and Winthrop University.

Residents in Charlotte rely heavily on automobiles, but the city does provide rapid transit services and intercity transportation via Amtrak. The nearest airport is the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the sixth busiest in the nation.

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