8th Annual Study Identifies ‘Best Value Colleges’ in North Carolina

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SmartAsset recently released its eighth annual Best Value Colleges study. Their new analysis compared institutions across five metrics, including scholarships, starting salary, tuition, living costs, and retention rate to determine the ‘Best Value Colleges’ in North Carolina.

Duke University ranked number 1 among all North Carolina colleges and universities. This marks the 7th consecutive year Duke has led the statewide rankings. Locally, UNC Charlotte ranks number 7 in the state. 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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