Best colleges in Raleigh

Carolina College Town

More than just the "Most Educated City in America"

Although widely known as an integral part of the "Research Triad," Raleigh will surprise you with its vibrant art culture, foodie and craft beer scene, and music festival mecca. Home to 10 traditional universities and colleges, your options are rich in Raleigh. Ranking number 2 on America's 15 Best Cities for Young Professionals by Forbes and in the top 5 of happiest metropolitan areas in America, Raleigh offers the best of both worlds pre and post graduation. The City of Oaks' unemployment rate of 5.7%, below the national average, compliments its average hourly wage of $22.65, above the national average.

North Carolina's state capitol, with its picturesque landscape of wooded tracts, nickname of "City of Oaks," and 150 major parks, is one place you'll be inspired to get outside and enjoy southern hospitality at its finest. But it's not all about the great outdoors. Raleigh is home to 3 major state museums, captivating historic sites, and sports enthusiast-worthy teams to cheer for including the NHL Hurricanes, MLS RailHawks, and college athletics – need we say more? With an annual average temperatures of 71◦, there's plenty to do 365 days a year. Be assured, Raleigh is the full college experience you're looking for.

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Best Four Year Universities in Raleigh

North Carolina State University, or NC State, is a public university founded in 1887, with the flagship campus located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Undergraduate enrollment at NC State is 35,000, and students take classes at the Main, Centennial, and NC Research Campuses. NC State is located in the Research Triangle in the Raleigh-Durham area along with Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Raleigh has a bustling downtown, a historic theme park, and a wide range of hiking trails just outside the city.

The university offers over 100 bachelor’s programs and over 60 doctoral degree options through competitive schools like the Polle College of Management and the Wilson College of Textiles. Prospective applicants should note that in-state tuition is roughly a quarter of out-of-state tuition, totaling just below $10,000. Students at NC State take classes on a semester-based academic calendar in a typical large undergraduate lecture format.

NC State has an annual budget that exceeds $1.5 billion, one of the largest annual budgets in the country, with funding going towards nationally-ranked research institutes, a competitive athletic program, and robust merit and need-based scholarships. Notable research institutes at NC State include the FREEDM Systems Center for smart-grid technology, the ASSIST Center for health-monitoring devices, and the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences. Notable alumni include quarterback Russell Wilson, actor Zach Galifianakis, and former Senator John Edwards.

Meredith College
Raleigh, NC

Meredith College offers 67 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 571 students graduated with students earning 384 Bachelor's degrees, 100 Certificates, and 87 Master's degrees.

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William Peace University offers 36 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 191 students graduated with students earning 191 Bachelor's degrees.

Living Arts College
Raleigh, NC

Living Arts College offers 16 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 79 students graduated with students earning 44 Certificates, and 35 Bachelor's degrees.

Saint Augustine's University offers 24 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 113 students graduated with students earning 113 Bachelor's degrees.

Shaw University
Raleigh, NC

Shaw University offers 24 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 191 students graduated with students earning 172 Bachelor's degrees, and 19 Master's degrees.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary offers 56 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 498 students graduated with students earning 363 Master's degrees, 71 Bachelor's degrees, 61 Doctoral degrees, 2 Associate's degrees, and 1 Certificate.

Strayer University-North Carolina offers 56 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 711 students graduated with students earning 297 Bachelor's degrees, 281 Master's degrees, 131 Associate's degrees, and 2 Certificates.

Shepherds Theological Seminary offers 1 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2020, 32 students graduated with students earning 32 Master's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Raleigh

Louisburg College
Louisburg, NC

Louisburg College offers 4 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, two-year college in a outlying town. In 2020, 69 students graduated with students earning 69 Associate's degrees.

Wake Technical Community College offers 144 degree programs. It's a very large, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2020, 2,878 students graduated with students earning 2,688 Associate's degrees, and 190 Certificates.

Johnston Community College offers 76 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a outlying rural area. In 2020, 657 students graduated with students earning 563 Associate's degrees, and 94 Certificates.

Platt College-Miller-Motte-Raleigh offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2020, 130 students graduated with students earning 96 Certificates, and 34 Associate's degrees.

List of all colleges in Raleigh

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Logo North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC
3/5
20 : 1 36,042
Meredith College Logo Meredith College Raleigh, NC
5/5
14 : 1 1,802
William Peace University Logo William Peace University Raleigh, NC
5/5
22 : 1 830
Living Arts College Logo Living Arts College Raleigh, NC
4/5
10 : 1 171
Mitchells Academy Logo Mitchells Academy Raleigh, NC     20