2 Charlotte-Area Schools Rank Among 2023’s Top 10 Best Colleges

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With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1, and tuition and room and board at a four-year college costing around $23,000 – $52,000 per year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2023’s Best College & University Rankings report.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub compared over 900 higher-education institutions in the U.S. based on 30 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in North Carolina

1. Duke University 6. Meredith College
2. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 7. Queens University of Charlotte
3. Davidson College 8. Salem College
4. North Carolina State University 9. Elon University
5. University of North Carolina-Wilmington 10. Catawba College

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at some of the top schools and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: Duke University (1 = Best; 20 = Average; 40 = Worst):

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 40th – Net Cost
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 20th – On-Campus Crime
  • 1st – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1 = Best; 20 = Average; 40 = Worst):

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 27th – Net Cost
  • 24th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 10th – On-Campus Crime
  • 11th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 4th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Davidson College (1 = Best; 20 = Average; 40 = Worst):

  • 2nd – Admission Rate
  • 38th – Net Cost
  • 4th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 30th – On-Campus Crime
  • 22nd – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 2nd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

To view the full reports, you can click here.

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