Colleges in North Carolina

Colleges in North Carolina

As a southeastern state, North Carolina has warmer winters and hot summers, and it can experience severe weather during both seasons. Colleges in North Carolina include 19 liberal arts and more than forty private institutions. The University of North Carolina System alone has 16 universities that enroll upwards of 180,000 students.The North Carolina Community College System is even larger, with dozens of associate-granting colleges throughout the state. The oldest institution in the state is part of the UNC System, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is claims to be the oldest public universities in the US period. The most selective is Duke. North Carolina is a national leader in agriculture, financial services, and manufacturing, but has an up-and-coming biotechnology and pharmaceutical sector attracted the research universities in The Triangle. Top attractions in the Old North State include Chimney Rock State Park, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and the Biltmore Estate.
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Duke University

Duke University is a selective, private research university that calls Durham, NC, home. Founded originally as Trinity College in 1838, it was renamed by tobacco tycoon James Buchanan Duke in 1924 and became the “Gothic Wonderland” campus it is today...

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an institution in the UNC system and the first public university to confer degrees. A member of the Association of American Universities, UNC Chapel Hill is considered a Public Ivy and houses a...

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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina State University is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant research university located in the state capital, Raleigh, home of the annual state fair and Winterfest. The largest university in the Carolinas by enrollment, NC State is home...

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public, liberal arts university founded in 1891. The urban research campus offers 82 undergraduate degrees through six colleges and schools, as well as 74 master’s programs and 32 doctoral programs,...

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Appalachian State University

Originally founded as a teachers college, Appalachian State University is a 4-year public university in the Blue Ridge Mountains region of North Carolina. As a campus of the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian is home to six colleges...

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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...

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East Carolina University

East Carolina University is located in Greenville, NC, and is comprised of 13 colleges. This public research university offers 84 bachelor's and 71 master's degrees, and claims a spot as the state leader in distance educated by providing 90 online...

“…” – Brandon from Greenville, NC

Wake Forest University

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a 4-year private university with a liberal arts curriculum located in Winston-Salem. Wake Forest confers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and 60 minors and it does not require students to...

“…” – Carrie from Connellys Springs, NC

Elon University

Elon University is a selective, liberal arts institution located in central North Carolina. The 656-acre Greensboro campus hosts six schools and a number of academic ceenters, which include the Center for Enviornmental Studies, the Doherty Center for...

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High Point University

Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, High Point University is a liberal arts university in central North Carolina. HPU is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees. As a Methodist institution, High Point holds weekly...

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Western Carolina University

Situated near the Great Smoky Mountains, Western Carolina University is a public school in the University of North Carolina system with three campus locations. WCU features six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees encompassing over 120 majors, minors...

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University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public institution ranked #6 in Top Public Schools and #14 in Regional Universities South by U.S. News & World Report. UNC Wilmington is a designated military-friendly university with ties to the...

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Campbell University

Founded by a Baptist minister in 1887, Campbell University is a 4-year Christian institution in central North Carolina. Campbell encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, concentrations, and tracks. As...

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Davidson College

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...

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North Carolina A & T State University

Founded in 1890, North Carolina A&T State University is a public Historically Black College and University and the state’s first land-grant university for people of color. N.C. A&T is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees...

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Wingate University

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...

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Queens University of Charlotte

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...

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Fayetteville State University

Founded in 1867, Fayetteville State University is a 4-year public school in central North Carolina and an Historically Black College and University. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the University of North Carolina System, FSU...

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North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University is a 4-year public school in the Research Triangle and an Historically Black College and University. NCCU is home to six colleges and schools granting undergraduate degrees in 32 academic majors and is the first...

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Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University is an Historically Black College and University and a public constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. WSSU is the country’s only HBCU to  offer a Motorsports Management degree and its Department of...

“…” – Shae from Oxford, NC

Meredith College

Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a private women’s college with approximately 2,000 students attending, making it one of the largest women’s colleges in the nation. Meredith offers more than 80 majors, minors, and academic programs,...

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Catawba College

Founded in 1851, Catawba College is a private institution located in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and houses a wildlife refuge and ecological preserve on campus. Study abroad opportunities are offered...

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Methodist University

Methodist University is a private institution based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study accounting, biology, or fire...

“…” – Ben from Cameron, NC

William Peace University

William Peace University, situated in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a 4-year institution that was founded in 1857. As a member of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium, students have access to classes and library facilities in the surrounding...

Greensboro College

Greensboro College is a liberal arts school affiliated with the United Methodist Church and located in North Carolina. Greensboro is a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon school with “selective” admissions. The curriculum is designed by both the Judeo...

“…” – William from Greensboro, NC

Barton College

Barton College is a private liberal arts institution situated in Wilson, North Carolina. Barton is associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has a “selective” admissions process. The school provides a curriculum that focuses on...

“…” – Lindsay from Wilson, NC

Shaw University

Founded by a Union army soldier in 1865, Shaw University is an Historically Black College and University in the North Carolina Research Triangle and the first HBCU in the south. Shaw confers bachelor’s degrees in over 20 academic majors and is the...

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University of Mount Olive

Originally founded by the Convention of Free Will Baptists, the University of Mount Olive is a 4-year liberal arts university with a Christian-centered focus in eastern North Carolina. Mount Olive confers bachelor’s degrees in 26 academic majors. For...

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Salem College
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Salem College
Salem College is an all-female institution located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Established in 1772, the college is the oldest women’s college in the south and one of the oldest female educational establishments in the US. The college houses the...

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Guilford College

Founded in 1837, Guilford College is a private liberal arts institution located in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends and integrates Quaker values into the curriculum by offering majors in Community and...

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St. Andrews University

St Andrews University is a public institution based in St. Andrews, Fife, and is the oldest university in Scotland. It is one of the most difficult universities in the UK to gain admittance to. St. Andrews University operates its own wind farm and is...

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University is a public HBCU situated in the rural town of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It is a member of the University of North Carolina system and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. ECSU is a military-friendly university....

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Belmont Abbey College

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...

“…” – Chatney from Hickory, NC

Gardner-Webb University

Gardner-Webb University is a private institution affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. It is located in the rural town of Boiling Springs and is the youngest Baptist university in the state. All students must complete four...

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Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University is a private liberal arts institution situated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Hickory, North Carolina. It is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lenoir-Rhyne University offers an Engaged...

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Cape Fear Community College

Located in southeastern North Carolina, Cape Fear Community College offers technical programs and 2-year transferable degrees to its 23,000-plus student body. CFCC has two campuses, one in Wilmington and on in Castle Hayne, as well as two educational...

“…” – Brandon from Wilmington, NC

North Carolina Wesleyan College

North Carolina Wesleyan College is a private institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school provides a liberal arts education and operates a main campus in Rocky Mount, NC, and six satellite locations. The college offers several...

“…” – Kenneth from Goldsboro, NC

Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College is a liberal arts school located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Warren Wilson has two free tuition programs for new students as well as the WWC Advantage Program for students on their way out who want to...

“…” – Eramo from Swannanoa, NC

Pfeiffer University

Pfeiffer University is a private institution based in Richfield, North Carolina. Pfeiffer is closely tied to the United Methodist Church. Many of the campus’ Georgian Revival-style academic buildings have been placed on the National Register of...

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Pitt Community College is a 2-year community college serving eastern North Carolina that also houses a vocational technical school. PCC offers students assistance in order to transfer to a traditional 4-year college thanks to partnerships built up...

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Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College is a 4-year institution in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Lees-McRae offers 20 majors and 20 minors on its campus, which sits at an elevation of 4,000 ft., making it the highest elevated campus in the eastern US. Providing 11...

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Mars Hill University

Founded in 1856, Mars Hill University is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college in western North Carolina and the region’s oldest institution of higher learning operating on its original site. Nestled among the mountains, Mars Hill confers bachelor...

“…” – Katherine from Mountain Home, NC

Chowan University

Founded in 1848, Chowan University is a private institution based in the rural town of Murfreesboro, North Carolina. It is closely associated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. The school provides study abroad programs in places...

“…” – Ammaris from Durham, NC

Livingstone College

Originally founded as a minister training school in 1879, Livingstone College is a Christian institution in central North Carolina and an Historically Black College and University. Affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church,...

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Bennett College

Bennett College is a private, four-year, and historically black liberal arts college for women. It was founded in 1873 as a coeducational school for teachers, but in 1926 it became a four-year women's college. The 60-acre campus in Greensboro, North...

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Saint Augustine's University was founded by the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 1867. It is one of only two HBCUs affiliated with the Episcopal church. SAU offers a liberal arts education, Greek Life, Peer Mentorship, and a Royal Court....

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Founded by a traveling evangelist, Bob Jones University is an Evangelical Christian institution located in western South Carolina. BJU confers undergrad degrees in over 60 academic majors featuring a combination of liberal arts and Bible classes. As...

Coastal Carolina Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Jacksonville, North Carolina, with satellite facilities located in Camp Lejeune. Coastal Carolina offers associate’s degrees in Arts, Science, Engineering, Music,...

“…” – Carea from Jacksonville, NC

Central Piedmont Community College

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...

“…” – Shelby from Waxhaw, NC

Brevard College

Founded in 1853, Brevard College is a small, private liberal arts institution based in the rural town of Brevard, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers popular programs in studio arts, psychology, and history....

“…” – Brooke from Beulaville, NC

Johnson C Smith University

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...

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts

University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a public institution and arts conservatory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is the first school of Arts in the nation to be funded by the state. The most popular fields of study are...

“…” – Julia from Winston-Salem, NC

Gaston College is a public, 2-year institution established in Dallas, North Carolina, with satellite facilities located in Lincolnton and Belmont. The college offers over 100 academic programs, which award associate’s degrees, certificates, and...

“…” – Sadaf from Gastonia, NC

University of North Carolina at Asheville

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is a 4-year public school and the only liberal arts college in the UNC system. UNC Asheville awards undergrad degrees in over 30 academic majors and is home to The National Conference on Undergraduate...

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Alamance Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Graham, North Carolina, with a satellite facility located in Burlington. ACC offers over 30 career-technical and academic fields of study, which award associate’s degrees,...

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Originally founded as a Native American liberal arts college, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is a 4-year public school in southeast North Carolina and the only college in the United States founded by and for Native Americans. UNCP is...

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Surrounded by a heavily wooded area in Pinehurst, North Carolina, Sandhills Community College is a rural 2-year community college in the Tar Heel State. As the first community college in North Carolina to offer a transfer degree to a 4-year...

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville Technical Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of North Carolina. Along with its main campus, the college also maintains two additional campuses in Spring Lake and Fort Bragg. FTCC is committed to...

Wake Technical Community College

Wake Technical Community College is a 2-year institution that offers technical certifications, associate degrees, and non-credit courses. The school operates multiple campuses around Wake County, North Carolina, making it the largest community...

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Montreat College

Montreat College is a private Christian liberal arts institution that is overseen by a chaplain and a Spiritual Life Committee made up of students and faculty. The campus features a chapel that offers dorm Bible studies, vespers, and prayer groups....

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Johnston Community College is a 2-year institution with a main campus and four extension sites in eastern North Carolina. Johnston is home to 11 academic departments featuring over 40 degree and certificate-granting programs. Its Transportation...

Wayne Community College is a 2-year college in eastern North Carolina. WCC is home to 10 career pathways hosting over 100 degree and certificate-granting academic programs. To provide a hands-on learning experience, the college’s Aviation program...

Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte

Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte a private institution offering career-oriented major programs. JWU Charlotte is one of four universities under the Johnson & Wales name. The Charlotte campus features several major programs such as fashion...

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Louisburg College

Louisburg College is a private, 2-year institution established in the state of North Carolina. The 6-acre campus consists of 20 academic buildings and is the only 2-year residential campus in the region. The college offers 12 different areas of study...

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Davidson County Community College is a 2-year community college in central North Carolina. DCCC offers numerous degrees and certificates among four schools of learning and many of its courses are available online. Students who earn DCCC credits are...

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With campus a short distance from the Neuse River and Croatan National Forest, Craven Community College is a 2-year college in eastern North Carolina. Among CCC’s academic offerings, the college features an Aviation Systems Technology program...

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Lenoir Community College is a 2-year college with a main campus and eight extension sites in eastern North Carolina. LCC is home to five academic departments offering 46 associate degree-granting programs. For students who need help transitioning to...

Nash Community College is a 2-year institution serving a five-county area in eastern North Carolina. Among Nash’s 99 academic fields of study are several programs designed to prepare students for careers in the hospitality industry including Brewing,...

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Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Salisbury, North Carolina, with satellite campuses in Concord and Kannapolis. Rowan-Cabarrus offers 32 degrees, 30 diplomas, and over 140 certificates, as well as four...

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Mitchell Community College is a 2-year institution with two campuses in western North Carolina. MCC offers degrees and certificates in 38 fields of study as well as numerous continuing education and “just for fun” classes. Cosmetology students have a...

“…” – Vanessa from Mooresville, NC

Central Carolina Community College is a 2-year institution with campuses in three North Carolina counties. CCCC offers over 130 academic programs and is one of the only community colleges in the United States to offer a Laser-Photonics Technology...

Cleveland Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Shelby, North Carolina. CCC offers over 180 academic programs, awarding diplomas, certificates, and associate’s degrees for job placement and college transfer. Students have...

Guilford Technical Community College is a public, 2-year institution established throughout suburban North Carolina, with locations in Jamestown, Greensboro, High Point, and Colfax. GTCC offers over 140 career-technical, transfer, and workforce...

“…” – Mary from Tarboro, NC

With a main campus nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Brushy Mountains, Wilkes Community College is a 2-year college serving three counties in northwest North Carolina. WCC is home to five academic departments including a...

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Founded in 1967, Edgecombe Community College is a 2-year community college with two campuses in eastern North Carolina. ECC awards associate degrees and certificates in over 200 academic programs and is home to the only Unmanned Aircraft Systems...

Surry Community College is a 2-year institution in the Blue Ridge Mountains area of North Carolina. SCC offers degrees and certificates in 48 areas of study and the college makes eight degrees and six certificates available entirely online. Students...

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Catawba Valley Community College is a 2-year community college in western North Carolina. CVCC confers degrees and certificates in over 60 subjects and invites all students to utilize the CVCC Go App to access up-to-the-minute information on class...

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Randolph Community College is a 2-year institution with three locations in central North Carolina. RCC is home to over 30 academic majors and its Welding Technology program is one of the only such departments in the state to be designated an...

College of The Albemarle is a public, 2-year institution established in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, with satellite locations in Manteo, Edenton, and Barco. COA offers over 40 associate’s degree and certificate programs, which are designed either...

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Stanly Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campuses located in Albemarle and Locust, North Carolina. SCC offers 50 seated and online programs, awarding diplomas, certificates, and associate’s degrees for college transfer and career...

With a campus along the shore of the majestic Bogue Sound, a short drive from the Atlantic Ocean, Carteret Community College is a 2-year institution in eastern North Carolina. Carteret is home to four academic departments and 38 degree and...

One of the largest 2-year community colleges in the state of North Carolina, Forsyth Technical Community College serves students in Winston-Salem and its surrounding area.  Forsyth Tech’s Student Success Center employs a number of personal and career...

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Brunswick Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Bolivia, North Carolina, with satellite education centers in Leland and Southport. BCC offers over 20 professional and technical programs, both AA and AS programs for college...

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Sampson Community College is a 2-year college in eastern North Carolina. SCC is home to six academic pathways hosting 27 associate degree majors as well as over 30 certificate-granting programs. In addition, Sampson is part of the NC Virtual Learning...

Rockingham Community College is a 2-year college in north-central North Carolina. RCC confers degrees and certificates in 21 fields of study. As befitting a state with the largest number of craft breweries in the south, RCC is home to North Carolina...

Robeson Community College is a 2-year institution in southeastern North Carolina. RCC is home to six academic departments offering 25 degree and certificate-granting programs, as well as an honors program. Additionally, five degrees are available...

Haywood Community College is a 2-year institution with a main campus and two satellite locations in western North Carolina. HCC is home to 30 academic programs conferring degrees and certificates. The Haywood campus is home to three teaching forests...

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Montgomery Community College is a 2-year community college in central North Carolina. MCC grants degrees and certificates in 29 fields of study. To help protect surrounding forests and communities, MCC partners with the North Carolina Forest Service...

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is a private, medical education institution established in Concord, North Carolina on the campus of Atrium Health System Northeast. The college offers approximately 20 degree and certificate programs in Health...

“…” – Sarah from Denton, NC

Wilson Community College is a 2-year college in eastern North Carolina. Wilson offers degrees and certificates in 23 academic programs and five associate degrees are available entirely online. A number of Wilson classes are designated Public Service...

Vance-Granville Community College is a 2-year college serving four North Carolina counties with a campus in each county. VGCC is home to 12 academic departments conferring degrees and certificates in over 30 fields of study. The VGCC campus also...

“…” – Jordan from Franklinton, NC

Richmond Community College is a 2-year college in southeastern North Carolina. RichmondCC offers degrees and certificates in over 60 academic programs. The RCC campus is also home to the Cole Auditorium hosting numerous college events as well as...

Durham Technical Community College is a 2-year institution with seven campuses in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Durham Tech offers over 100 degree and certificate programs in 18 academic departments. The college’s Interpretation/Translation...

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Beaufort County Community College is a 2-year institution serving four counties in eastern North Carolina. Beaufort County is home to four academic departments granting degrees and certificates. For students 18 and older who wish to broaden their...

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Asheville-Bunbombe Technical Community College is a 2-year community college in western North Carolina that offers degrees and certificates in over 120 fields of study. The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement between A-B Tech and the University of...

“…” – Meghan from Asheville, NC

Established in 1970, Piedmont Community College is a public, 2-year institution with campuses located in Roxboro and Yanceyville, North Carolina. PCC offers over 30 programs of study, awarding associate’s degrees, diplomas, and certificates...

Bladen Community College is a 2-year college in southeast North Carolina. BCC offers degree and diploma programs in 33 fields of study and is home to 47 certificate-granting programs. Additionally, BCC is the first community college in North Carolina...

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...

Isothermal Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Spindale, North Carolina, with satellite facilities located in Columbus and Rutherford. ICC offers over 100 career-oriented and academic associate’s degree and certificate...

South Piedmont Community College is a 2-year institution with two campuses and two extension centers in south-central North Carolina. South Piedmont is home to nine academic departments of degree and certificate-granting programs, as well as an...

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