2017 Best Colleges in North Carolina

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    Duke University

    • Durham, NC
    • 1,001 reviews
    College Sophomore:Duke is difficult, but I would choose it again if I had to do it all over. The classes make me think, the basketball is fantastic, and the people are amazing.

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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    • Chapel Hill, NC
    • 2,116 reviews
    College Sophomore:Chapel Hill is a great college town- it is especially fun during basketball season because the whole town is excited. While sports are always fun to go watch, there are plenty opportunities to get involved on campus in clubs and other things such as intermural sports.

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    Davidson College

    • Davidson, NC
    • 266 reviews
    College Junior:Professors at Davidson really take the time to get to know their students. They offer office hours and are always available by appointment. Additionally, our small class sizes foster an intimate learning environment.

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    Wake Forest University

    • Winston Salem, NC
    • 722 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love Wake Forest! I am so happy that I decided to go to Wake. Not only does it feel like home but it has truly become my home. The people I have met are incredible people and I have so many great memories from my first year of college.

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    North Carolina State University

    • Raleigh, NC
    • 2,793 reviews
    College Sophomore:This university has given me so many opportunities; I currently work two jobs and am applying to study abroad. I work as a farmhand on one of the teaching units which is unique to NC State, and I also work for the scholars office. These experiences have had a great impact on my life at school by giving me the opportunity to gain experience in a field that I love. I also have an incredible support system with the Thomas Jefferson Program, the University Scholars Program, and my faculty advisers. My advisers have helped me pursue my dream of studying abroad as well as finding research and veterinarian opportunities. I love this university and am so grateful that is all dreams are within reach here.

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    Appalachian State University

    • Boone, NC
    • 2,226 reviews
    College Junior:I love App state and the overall environment. Unfortunately I chose a very difficult major and that prohibits me from enjoying it as much as I wish to.

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    University of North Carolina - Wilmington

    • Wilmington, NC
    • 1,560 reviews
    College Sophomore:The University of North Carolina at Wilmington is great. The students, along with the faculty, are more than amazing. Professors will go out of their way to make sure that the students understand the topic being taught. The student body has an amazing feel to it. There is always an event going on on campus that gets other students involved. Being close to the beach as its perks also. If I had the chance to go through college selection again, I know for a fact that I would pick UNCW again, based on the vibe that the school as, along with the fact that they have a great business program.

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    Elon University

    • Elon, NC
    • 1,388 reviews
    College Sophomore:The small class size and individual attention from professors is one of the best parts; it's been really beneficial and the professors do care about you succeeding. I appreciate how the school has rush over winter instead of right away in the fall; at a school where so many students are involved in Greek life, it makes the freshman experience less stressful and divisive than if there were heavy sorority (and fraternity) influence from the very beginning. I wouldn't choose my school again only because of the cost, but I would choose it again for the lovely friends I have there and their great computer science program.

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    University of North Carolina at Asheville

    • Asheville, NC
    • 550 reviews
    College Senior:I have some very good teachers this year. Very rarely are there any that don't challenge me enough. It's not too hard, but it's definitely very challenging: great for developing skills and understanding a lot more than when you entered.

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    East Carolina University

    • Greenville, NC
    • 2,529 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have enjoyed the previous 4 courses I engaged in this past semester. I believe my future courses and instructors will be just as great if not better

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    Meredith College

    • Raleigh, NC
    • 627 reviews
    College Sophomore:Meredith College has amazing and fun traditions that keep the sisterhood together. As an all women's college, we are taught to be strong and independent women. Here, I have met some of the most intelligent and strong women ever. I know I will succeed here since the professors are so willing so help us and there are always opportunities to get help when you need some.

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    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    • Charlotte, NC
    • 2,724 reviews
    College Junior:What makes this school most unique is the extreme diversity throughout the campus. This aspect makes everyone feel welcomes and comfortable. The school is progressing a lot in terms of technology, resources and modernization; in the next 10 years I believe this school will be completely transformed into one of top universities in the south.

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    University of North Carolina - Greensboro

    • Greensboro, NC
    • 2,468 reviews
    College Sophomore:The college I attend is great! They've got something for everyone. It is such a diverse school and there are plenty of activities for everyone to attend. The campus makes me feel as though it is a home away from home.

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    University of North Carolina School of the Arts

    • Winston-Salem, NC
    • 226 reviews
    College Junior:I go to a University, but in reality it is a conservatory. University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a place where one is able to grow and hone one's artistic skills. I am a Dancer with a Ballet focus and I get to do what I love all day, and that is dance. Of course, there are academics involved other wise we students would not be able to leave this wonderful school without a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Both the arts as well as the academic teachers are extremely supportive and help us students survive and thrive. If I had to choose a school again I would most definitely find myself at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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    Western Carolina University

    • Cullowhee, NC
    • 1,235 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Western, beautiful campus, nice people, small classroom sizes. The things I do not like about the school is the differences in the way teachers teach the same subject. Even the way they grade. I have had teachers that are teaching us things that are not going to be used at all in our major but another teacher that teaches the same class teaches what they need to and does it well. I think all teachers that teach the same class should grade and teach the same way. It is not fair for someone to get an easy A from a course and someone else get a C for the same class just a different teacher.

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    North Carolina A&T State University

    • Greensboro, NC
    • 2,430 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience here at A&T has been one of the best yet. People here are kind hearted and respectful. If I could do it all over again, I definitely would choose A&T again. It's the only school that feels like "home."

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    Queens University of Charlotte

    • Charlotte, NC
    • 440 reviews
    College Senior:Attending a school with a 70% female population and an overall 5-10% non Caucasian population can be stressful and isolating. I realized the second semester of my freshman year that I was not where I wanted to be, but I also realized that my two theatre directors and said department itself was so implacable that my future career in theatre would suffer if I were to depart from their teachings. They treat us like true adults and colleagues should we earn it, showing and preparing us for the real professional theatre world through tough but endearing lessons. It's because of these two people that I've remained at my college, and only them. They've made everything that distresses me about my college worth it and so much more. Once I graduate, I know I'll finally be able to call them my friends, coworkers, and employers.

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    Salem College

    • Winston Salem, NC
    • 470 reviews
    College Junior:Salem is the type of school you go to and find yourself. If you're looking to party then move right along. Our idea of partying is going to a friend's room and studying. Or if you've got great friends like I did then 3am trips to go get food.

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    Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

    • Charlotte, NC
    • 533 reviews
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    High Point University

    • High Point, NC
    • 1,299 reviews
    College Sophomore:I took a spanish class this semester which is usually difficult for me but my teacher had flexible office hours and cared enough to check in to see how i was understanding the material

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    Gardner-Webb University

    • Boiling Springs, NC
    • 652 reviews
    College Sophomore:This is an amazing school. I honestly couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. The classes are the perfect size, the teachers genuinely care about their students, and everyone is extremely friendly.

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    Wingate University

    • Wingate, NC
    • 573 reviews
    College Senior:The professors in the humanities departments are wonderful and it feels like a close family. I have grown both inside and outside the classroom because of that personal connection I am able to make due to the school's size and the friendliness of the faculty.

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    Methodist University

    • Fayetteville, NC
    • 511 reviews
    College Student:I am at Methodist University as a music education major. It is a small program with excellent doctors and professors to assist in learning and perfecting any particular instrument. The education program is top notch and almost every student who has passed through has been able to earn a job within a year, or has even had a job waiting for them. There are also many recitals and concerts that the music department hosts that have featured such people as Guillermo Ayerbe, a phenomenal violinist , and Phoenix Park-Kim, a world-renowned pianist.

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    Barton College

    • Wilson, NC
    • 379 reviews
    College Sophomore:I attended Chesapeake Community college in Wye Mills, Maryland for my freshman and sophomore year of college. I am now attending Barton College in Wilson, North Carolina. I am a student- athlete, I play softball and enjoy every minute of it. What I loved most about visiting Barton College was the kind and friendly people that were there. I also enjoyed the extra help that the students, professors and other staff are willing to give you, they seem to really care about their students and their success!

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    Fayetteville State University

    • Fayetteville, NC
    • 709 reviews
    College Junior:The professors treat each student like a human being and try to help students to succeed. Fayetteville State is very welcoming to military and veterans who live in the area.

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