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Last Updated: September 06, 2021

North Carolina - The Tar Heel State

North Carolina is located in the southern Mid-Atlantic region. In the state, the climate of the coastal plains is strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Most of North Carolina has a humid subtropical climate. However, over 300 miles from the coast, the western part of the state experiences subtropical highlands. With a population of more than 10 million people, this state prides itself on a diverse economy that is largely knowledge-based. According to recent reports by WBTV, North Carolina is ranked as the fifth-best state in America.

Major Cities in North Carolina


Charlotte is the largest and the most populous city in North Carolina. It is nicknamed the 'Queen City' as it got its name from Charlotte Sophia, a German princess who was the wife of King George III. It was established in the year 1768. It is also popularly known as the 'Tree City' because of the abundant tree canopies that surround the city. The city of charlotte is a commercial and financial hub and is home to the headquarters of the Bank of America. Popular attractions include The Charlotte Museum of History, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Carowinds Amusement Park, The Charlotte Civic Orchestra, U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte Nature Museum, and more.


Raleigh is the state capital and the second-largest city in North Carolina. It was founded in the year 1792 and was named after the famous writer, soldier, and statesman, Sir Walter Raleigh. The 'City of Oaks' is a popular nickname for Raleigh because of the numerous oak trees surrounding the city. The city is often called the 'Smithsonian of the South' because of the presence of numerous museums, cultural and educational sites throughout the city like the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State Capitol, North Carolina Museum of History, and most importantly, the Research Triangle Park. Raleigh is also home to one of the most esteemed universities in North Carolina, North Carolina State University at Raleigh. The headquarters of various well-known companies like Lenovo, Sony Ericsson, IBM, etc., are centered here.


Greensboro was founded in the year 1808 and is the third-largest city in North Carolina. The city, placed in Guilford County, was named after the commanding officer of the American Revolutionary War Major General Nathanael Greene. The railroad transportation that connects major cities through Greensboro gave this city its nickname 'Gate City'. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is situated here. With its growing job market, beautiful green spaces, and affordable cost of living, Greensboro is a flourishing city on its way to becoming one of the best-run cities in the nation. It is also an excellent place for hosting events related to sports, and with this, the city also gets another nickname the 'Tournament Town'. Popular attractions include the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro Science Center, Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden, Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, and so on.


Durham is a vibrant city surrounded by many beautiful forests and parks. It was established in the year 1869 and was named after Dr. Bartlett S. Durham who had gifted his property for the city. Tobacco used to be a flourishing industry in Durham and got its nickname the 'Bull City' because of the name of a widely selling tobacco product, the 'Bull Durham Tobacco'. Along with tobacco, health care is a flourishing sector in Durham, which is why it is also popularly known as the 'City of Medicine'. The city of Durham is home to the best university in the state, Duke University, and is also a major part of the Research Triangle. Durham is popular for its wide range of sites and attractions such as Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Duke Lemur Center, Museum of Life and Science, Nasher Museum of Art, and a lot more.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in North Carolina

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

The wide range of public as well as private colleges/universities, vocational schools, and community colleges makes it possible for the students to pursue their studies in the desired career interest in the state. The top universities and colleges in the state of North Carolina are:

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students

There are several scholarship programs and grants offered by the state as well as universities to help students fulfill their educational goals without a lot of financial burdens. These are made available based on several categorical requirements such as academic merit and monetary needs, or both. To determine the eligibility of the candidates, the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is to be filled by all students before applying for any kind of financial aid.


The Tar Heel state's tourism sector is a major contributor to the state's economy because of its numerous museums and cultural attractions. From sunny beaches to cool, lofty mountains, North Carolina has it all. Popular tourist destinations include the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Aquarium, the Chimney Rock State Park, Grandfather Mountain, etc. When it comes to food, NC is not far behind and is popular for barbeque (one must definitely try it out on visiting NC). Other popular and mouth-watering cuisines include the Krispy Kreme Cheerwine Doughnut, deviled eggs, shrimp n' grits, and a lot more. It is best to visit North Carolina anytime between late September or early October to experience the vibrant colors of Fall, or in March and April to fully enjoy the new beginnings of Spring in the state.

Universities & Colleges in North Carolina

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
Duke University (Durham) 18159$60636 / $60636$59590 / $59590
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill) 32346$9409 / $38681$13590 / $32408
North Carolina State University at Raleigh (Raleigh) 39822$10454 / $31363$12545 / $30318
Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem) 9032$58545 / $58545$41817 / $41817
Davidson College (Davidson) 1784$49136 / $49136$N/A / $N/A
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte) 34024$7318 / $21954$8363 / $21954
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro) 22610$8363 / $24045$9409 / $22999
University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington) 19400$8363 / $22999$8363 / $22999
Elon University (Elon) 6631$34499 / $34499$13590 / $13590
Appalachian State University (Boone) 20714$8363 / $24045$8363 / $22999
High Point University (High Point) 5349$38681 / $38681$29272 / $29272
University of North Carolina at Asheville (Asheville) 4358$8363 / $26136$9409 / $26136
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem) 1057$10454 / $27181$13590 / $28227
East Carolina University (Greenville) 32028$8363 / $25090$8363 / $21954
Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) 13342$5227 / $9409$8363 / $18818
Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte) 3056$37636 / $37636$15681 / $15681
Campbell University (Buies Creek) 7311$36590 / $36590$15681 / $15681
Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa) 805$39727 / $39727$22999 / $22999
Meredith College (Raleigh) 2048$40772 / $40772$12545 / $12545
Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs) 4114$33454 / $33454$10454 / $10454
North Carolina A & T State University (Greensboro) 13511$7318 / $21954$8363 / $21954
Methodist University (Fayetteville) 2295$36590 / $36590$43908 / $43908
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (Concord) 542$14636 / $14636$29272 / $29272
Wingate University (Wingate) 3149$29272 / $29272$10454 / $10454
University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Pembroke) 8492$4181 / $8363$7318 / $19863
Montreat College (Montreat) 1062$29272 / $29272$14636 / $14636
Belmont Abbey College (Belmont) 1495$19863 / $19863$N/A / $N/A
Salem College (Winston-Salem) 882$32408 / $32408$9409 / $9409
Catawba College (Salisbury) 1275$30318 / $30318$3136 / $3136
Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory) 2221$34499 / $34499$10454 / $10454
Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem) 5915$6272 / $17772$7318 / $17772
North Carolina Central University (Durham) 9201$7318 / $20908$8363 / $21954
Barton College (Wilson) 1047$29272 / $29272$8363 / $8363
Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City) 1922$4181 / $8363$6272 / $19863
Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville) 7880$6272 / $17772$6272 / $17772
North Carolina Wesleyan College (Rocky Mount) 2310$33454 / $33454$18818 / $18818
Laurel University (High Point) 158$11499 / $11499$9409 / $9409
Mars Hill University (Mars Hill) 1410$31363 / $31363$8363 / $8363
St Andrews University (Laurinburg) 645$26136 / $26136$15681 / $15681
Pfeiffer University (Misenheimer) 1624$29272 / $29272$12545 / $12545
University of Mount Olive (Mount Olive) 3371$19863 / $19863$16727 / $16727
Greensboro College (Greensboro) 978$28227 / $28227$5227 / $5227
Mid-Atlantic Christian University (Elizabeth City) 204$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
William Peace University (Raleigh) 1038$27181 / $27181$N/A / $N/A
Johnson C Smith University (Charlotte) 1438$19863 / $19863$18818 / $18818
Chowan University (Murfreesboro) 1532$25090 / $25090$N/A / $N/A
Saint Augustine's University (Raleigh) 810$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Livingstone College (Salisbury) 1262$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Piedmont International University (Winston-Salem) 691$10454 / $10454$6272 / $6272
Charlotte School of Law (Charlotte) 931$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte (Charlotte) 2218$31363 / $31363$N/A / $N/A
Heritage Bible College (Dunn) 65$10454 / $10454$N/A / $N/A
Carolina Christian College (Winston Salem) 84$9409 / $9409$12545 / $12545
South College-Asheville (Asheville) 352$20908 / $20908$N/A / $N/A
Bennett College (Greensboro) 583$19863 / $19863$N/A / $N/A
Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary (Charlotte) 101$11499 / $11499$9409 / $9409
Lees-McRae College (Banner Elk) 1026$29272 / $29272$10454 / $10454
Tennessee Temple University (Winston Salem) 0$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Apex School of Theology (Durham) 579$6272 / $6272$5227 / $5227
Brevard College (Brevard) 729$28227 / $28227$N/A / $N/A
The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham (Durham) 531$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Hood Theological Seminary (Salisbury) 156$N/A / $N/A$15681 / $15681
The Art Institute of Charlotte (Charlotte) 839$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Guilford College (Greensboro) 1917$36590 / $36590$N/A / $N/A
Shaw University (Raleigh) 1512$17772 / $17772$14636 / $14636

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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