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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Originally opened as a night school in Charlotte Central High School, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has grown to become a 4-year public research institution and campus of the UNC system. UNC Charlotte is home to seven colleges...

“…UNC Charlotte is a great school with a gorgeous campus. It isn't the most popular NC public school but it has a lot of strong majors. I did not think I would like it at all when I first got here but I love it now and I always find myself missing...” – Heather from Sanford, NC

Founded by the Presbyterian church, Davidson College is a 4-year private liberal arts college in southern North Carolina. Davidson confers bachelor’s degrees in 29 academic majors and 40 minors. Davidson also features an Honor Code forbidding...

“…One of the best in the state and well recognized nation wide as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the world.” – Joscar from Charlotte, NC

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University is a 4-year public school in the greater Charlotte area. Winthrop consists of five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 40 fields of study and is also home to Think College, a program that offers post...

“…Winthrop has a beautiful, historic campus - along with some new and updated buildings. The class sizes are fairly small, usually around 20 - 30 students depending on the subject. The campus is easy to navigate and get around, and you won't need a car...” – Tatiana from Wedgewood, SC

Affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Wingate University is a Christian institution with a main campus and two satellite locations in southern North Carolina. Wingate confers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields of study. For...

“…Wingate University is an excellent place to pursue a higher education. The slogan here at Wingate is, Faith, Knowledge, Service. As I student here, I am happy to say that I am enjoying my professors and classes, I'm helping out within the community,...” – Celeste from Wingate, NC

Founded in 1857, Queens University of Charlotte is a 4-year private school in the Charlotte metro area. Queens grants bachelor’s degrees in 43 academic majors centered around the liberal arts. In addition, the university is home to The Queens...

“…Awesome staff/teachers/workers, number 2 in the country for travel abroad, 100% of students complete professional internships! AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!” – Alexis from Durham, NC

Belmont Abbey College is a private liberal arts institution based in Belmont, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Order of Saint Benedict and the Roman Catholic Church. The college houses the Saint Joseph Adoration Chapel which is open 24 hours...

“…Belmont Abbey is such a great school, the teachers are very knowledgeable in each department. Class sizes are small, meaning the teachers know each student by name and strive to help them succeed. Athletics are very important to Belmont Abbey and we...” – Courtney from Mount Holly, NC

With brick buildings across many blocks, Central Piedmont Community College maintains six campuses across Mecklenburg County.  The locations include the newly renovated performing arts Pease Auditorium and the Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center...

“…CPCC is convenient, relaxed, and definitely the way to go! Every campus is clean and fresh-looking, and the students are diverse and friendly. Professors of all areas will do their best to help you succeed not only in the class but in life. ” – Shelby from Waxhaw, NC

Founded in 1867, Johnson C Smith University is a private HBCU and research institution. JCSU is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and associated with the Presbyterian Church. JCSU is a member of the United Negro College Fund and home to Biddle...

“…I would give Johnson C Smith University a 7 on a scale of 10. It has a nice environment and good teachers but there is various issues with financial aid. If you have decided to come to the University make sure that you always stay on your finances.” – Brittany from Salisbury, NC

York Technical College is a public, 2-year institution established in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Along with its main campus, the college also maintains satellite facilities in Chester and Fort Mill. The college offers a variety of credit programs,...

“…York tech is one of the best college's i have attended. The staff there is so helpful with all of my questions and concerns. I rate my school a 10 with customer service.” – Rachel from York, SC

Carolinas College of Health Sciences is a public, 2-year institution established in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carolinas College is a part of the Carolinas Medical Center, which is, in turn, part of Atrium Health. Academics at Carolinas College are...

“…It is an excellent and extremely rigorous nursing program. That classes are small, it is extremely competitive and the staff does a wonderful job preparing students to become excellent nurses.” – Christylee from Charlotte, NC

Blue Ridge Community College is a 2-year community college situated in the mountains of western North Carolina. Part of the North Carolina Community College System, BRCC is home to 30 academic areas of study conferring degrees and certificates in...

“…The have the perfect program for future interpreters. Their facility members are extremely nice and hard working. I think they deserve a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 only because I am just starting school here.” – Keyanda from Fort Bragg, NC

Clinton College is a private, historically black institution established in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Academics at CC are primarily focused on liberal arts and holistic learning, and while many students enrolled pursue an associate degree, the...

“…It is a small and close knit community of students and staff. Here you can get the one on one attention that is essential for every college student. You are not just a number at this institution and your growth and development is important to the...” – Kamary from Rock Hill, SC

Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary is an Evangelical Christian institution dedicated to training future Christ-centered leaders. CCCTS offers bachelor’s degrees in Biblical Studies and Urban Christian Ministries with three...

“… It's been three years overall my experience with New Life Theological Seminary is positive. I am 3.7 GPA, and expecting to graduate 2014. New Life Theological Seminary was very helpful in getting me started on my career. And provided work study so...” – Adrienne from Charlotte, NC