2022 Study: Best Value Colleges in North Carolina

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Where are college students in North Carolina getting the most return on their educational investment?

Personal finance website SmartAsset just released a study comparing the best colleges and universities in each state by measuring them across five metrics, including: scholarships, average starting salary for graduates, tuition, living costs and student retention rate.

Check out the top performing schools in North Carolina below:

Rank School City, State Avg. Scholarships and Grants Avg. Starting Salary College Tuition Student Living Costs Student Retention Rate College Education Value – Index
1 Duke University Durham, NC $48,351 $76,800 $55,695 $18,644 97% 69.78
2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC $15,936 $60,400 $8,987 $14,824 95% 66.10
3 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC $10,175 $62,200 $9,101 $14,876 94% 63.81
4 North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC $8,760 $57,600 $6,612 $11,524 80% 61.18
5 Appalachian State University Boone, NC $8,130 $51,300 $7,364 $11,830 86% 52.83
6 Wake Forest University Winston Salem, NC $37,880 $65,300 $53,322 $18,316 95% 47.21
7 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC $7,347 $56,800 $6,853 $16,841 85% 46.08
8 East Carolina University Greenville, NC $7,722 $52,600 $7,188 $14,484 83% 45.77
9 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC $5,641 $48,700 $3,926 $13,779 81% 42.07
10 Winston-Salem State University Winston Salem, NC $8,138 $50,500 $5,904 $14,230 77% 42.05

You can find additional details on the study, including the methodology and interactive map here: [LINK]

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