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2020’s Best Colleges in North Carolina – WalletHub Study


With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and tuition costs having more than doubled since the 1980s, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020’s Best College & University Rankings as well as accompanying videos, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

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 33 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.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in North Carolina:

Duke University
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
North Carolina State University-Raleigh
Davidson College
Salem College
Western Carolina University
Appalachian State University
Queens University of Charlotte
University of Mount Olive
Meredith 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:
Duke University (1 = Best; 22 = Average; 43 = Worst)
1st – Admission Rate
1st – Student-Faculty Ratio
22nd – On-Campus Crime
1st – Gender & Racial Diversity
1st – Graduation Rate
1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot:
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
(1 = Best; 22 = Average; 43 = Worst)
3rd – Admission Rate
25th – Net Cost
20th – Student-Faculty Ratio
14th – Gender & Racial Diversity
3rd – Graduation Rate
3rd – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot:
North Carolina State University-Raleigh (1 = Best; 22 = Average; 43 = Worst)
11th – Admission Rate
23rd – Net Cost
23rd – Student-Faculty Ratio
17th – On-Campus Crime
24th – Gender & Racial Diversity
5th – Graduation Rate
4th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

To view the full reports, please visit:

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