College Education In North Carolina: North Carolina has 75 public and 55 private institutions of higher education located across the state. In addition to these large state universities with significant populations, North Carolina offers myriad small private schools, each with their own specialties.
North Carolina Colleges In the Rankings: U.S. News and World Report rankings: Duke University (#8), Wake Forest University (#28), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (#30), North Carolina State University, Raleigh (#83); Liberal Arts Rankings – Davidson College (#9).
A Closer Look at North Carolina Education: Notable schools consistently positioned high in national college (academic and basketball) rankings include the University of North Carolina, Duke University and Davidson College.
Did You Know? In 1795 the state of North Carolina opened the first state-run public university in the United States; the University of North Carolina.