2019’s Best Colleges in North Carolina

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With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and tuition costs having more than doubled since the 1980s, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2019’s Best College & University Rankings.

To help college-bound seniors make the most informed school choices, WalletHub compared nearly 1,000 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 Western Carolina University
2 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 7 University of North Carolina-Wilmington
3 North Carolina State University-Raleigh 8 University of Mount Olive
4 Davidson College 9 Salem College
5 Appalachian State University 10 Elon University

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; 21 = Average; 41 = Worst)

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 41st – Net Cost
  • 1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 21st – 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; 21 = Average; 41 = Worst)

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 27th – Net Cost
  • 17th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 22nd – On-Campus Crime
  • 14th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 3rd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: North Carolina State University-Raleigh (1 = Best; 21 = Average; 41 = Worst)

  • 12th – Admission Rate
  • 21st – Net Cost
  • 17th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 18th – On-Campus Crime
  • 26th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 5th – Graduation Rate
  • 4th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

Here’s the complete ranking of the top colleges in America (Duke ranks 6th and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte ranks 387th);

Source: WalletHub
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