Queens and Davidson Ranked Among 2021’s Best Colleges in North Carolina


With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and colleges adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2021’s Best College & University Rankings report.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub compared over 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.

In North Carolina, they ranked Charlotte’s Queen’s College #9 and Lake Norman’s Davidson College #3.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in North Carolina

1. Duke University 6. Appalachian State University
2. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 7. Elon University
3. Davidson College 8. Salem College
4. North Carolina State University-Raleigh 9. Queens University of Charlotte
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: Davidson College (1 = Best; 21 = Average; 42 = Worst):

  • 2nd – Admission Rate
  • 40th – Net Cost
  • 3rd – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 33rd – On-Campus Crime
  • 21st – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 2nd – Graduation Rate
  • 2nd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

To view the full reports, please visit:

Best Colleges & Universities Overall: https://wallethub.com/edu/college-rankings/40750/

Best Colleges: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-colleges-in-the-us-ranking/40748/

Best Universities: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-universities-in-usa-ranking/39704/