These are the Best Value Colleges in North Carolina

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SmartAsset released a study on the colleges and universities that give students the best return on their investment. The study weighed five metrics: scholarships, starting salary, tuition, living expenses and retention rate.

According to the study, these North Carolina schools ranked the highest overall:

Rank School City Avg. Scholarships and Grants Avg. Starting Salary College Tuition* Student Living Costs Student Retention Rate College Education Value Index
1 Duke University Durham, NC $49,026 $72,300 $55,695 $18,644 98% 72.95
2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC $16,164 $56,600 $8,987 $14,824 96% 66.41
3 North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC $10,061 $58,600 $9,101 $14,876 94% 63.60
4 North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC $8,607 $54,000 $6,612 $11,524 79% 59.79
5 Appalachian State University Boone, NC $8,114 $48,100 $7,364 $11,830 88% 52.88
6 Wake Forest University Winston Salem, NC $37,534 $61,500 $53,322 $18,316 94% 48.06
7 East Carolina University Greenville, NC $8,192 $49,400 $7,188 $14,484 82% 45.01
8 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC $7,295 $53,600 $6,853 $16,841 83% 44.93
9 Winston-Salem State University Winston Salem, NC $8,294 $47,900 $5,904 $14,230 78% 42.62
10 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC $5,476 $45,900 $3,926 $13,779 78% 40.00

 

You can find additional details on the study, including the methodology, interactive map and a list of the top schools in each state here.

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