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2022 Best Small Colleges in North Carolina

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  1. #1 Best Small Colleges in North Carolina.

    Davidson College

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    4 Year,

    DAVIDSON, NC,

    324 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says Most of my profs were great. Since it's a small school, they're available and they invest in students! They push us to think critically. The student body's commitment to social justice is inspiring,....

    Read 324 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Acceptance Rate: 20%,

    Net Price: $28,615,

    SAT Range: 1300-1460,

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  2. #2 Best Small Colleges in North Carolina.

    University of North Carolina School of the Arts

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    4 Year,

    WINSTON SALEM, NC,

    255 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Good diversity, talented professors, helpful staff, good food, and okay location. The response to covid has been really good so far, I still have in-person academics and art classes, and the changes....

    Read 255 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B+,

    Acceptance Rate: 36%,

    Net Price: $11,940,

    SAT Range: 1120-1310,

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  3. #3 Best Small Colleges in North Carolina.

    Queens University of Charlotte

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    4 Year,

    CHARLOTTE, NC,

    564 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I have loved my first two years at Queens University of Charlotte! The academics, athletics, and general environment have made Queens a place that I thrive and excel in. Queens is wonderful all....

    Read 564 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 68%,

    Net Price: $25,756,

    SAT Range: 1040-1230,

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  5. University of North Carolina Asheville

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    4 Year,

    ASHEVILLE, NC,

    665 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My name is Corey Barclay, and I am an incoming freshman at the University of North Carolina Asheville. When I first visited the college I quickly noticed the positive energy everywhere on the....

    Read 665 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 79%,

    Net Price: $13,854,

    SAT Range: 1060-1270,

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  6. #4 Best Small Colleges in North Carolina.

    Meredith College

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    4 Year,

    RALEIGH, NC,

    725 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I haven't had much of a student life experience yet due to the pandemic, however the staff and professors overall try their best to create the best and most supportive atmosphere they can. Professors....

    Read 725 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B,

    Acceptance Rate: 72%,

    Net Price: $25,357,

    SAT Range: 1010-1200,

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  7. Gardner-Webb University

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    4 Year,

    BOILING SPRINGS, NC,

    764 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says So far I’ve been nothing but pleased with Gardner-Webb. The campus is beautiful and very accessible. I didn’t want to attend a university with a larger campus, so it’s a good size for me. I also....

    Read 764 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 78%,

    Net Price: $20,363,

    SAT Range: 960-1160,

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  9. Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

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    4 Year,

    CHARLOTTE, NC,

    646 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I love the labs that you take for Culinary, you will learn so much. The chefs want to teach you new things. They also have connections and can get you far. The Academic class are good classes to take....

    Read 646 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 82%,

    Net Price: $26,732,

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  10. Barton College

    4 Year,

    WILSON, NC,

    424 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says The environment at Barton College is awesome with great people all around! I am an athlete at the college and help is always there when needed not only for student-athletes but also normal students.....

    Read 424 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 42%,

    Net Price: $24,111,

    SAT Range: 930-1120,

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  11. University of Mount Olive

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    4 Year,

    MOUNT OLIVE, NC,

    361 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Campus throws many fun events like big prize bingo and trivia. There are people from all over the world that goes here so its cool learning about where they come from. Many people here are on sports....

    Read 361 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 58%,

    Net Price: $14,805,

    SAT Range: 900-1110,

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  12. Catawba College

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    4 Year,

    SALISBURY, NC,

    337 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Really fun and simple, there’s a pool we can go to, a beach volley ball court which is pretty fun and also a play room! We also get a money on our card to buy anything from a little food store which....

    Read 337 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 52%,

    Net Price: $18,657,

    SAT Range: 940-1140,

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  13. Montreat College

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    4 Year,

    MONTREAT, NC,

    283 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says I went to Montreat college on a baseball visit to see if it was for me. When i got there i was blown away by all the scenery and the beautiful mountains. When walking around campus everyone was very....

    Read 283 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 56%,

    Net Price: $23,906,

    SAT Range: 910-1140,

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  14. Pfeiffer University

    4 Year,

    MISENHEIMER, NC,

    268 Niche users give it an average review of 3.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I like Pfeiffer because of the environment and connectivity on campus. I am a dual athlete and am able to excel in my athletics as well as academics. Many campus activities are offered and encouraged....

    Read 268 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 76%,

    Net Price: $22,121,

    SAT Range: 940-1100,

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  15. Guilford College

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    4 Year,

    GREENSBORO, NC,

    452 Niche users give it an average review of 3.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Guilford is a very fun institution to attend there are a lot of possibilities that the school offers and there are so many friendly and helpful staff in the financial aid department. I highly....

    Read 452 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 78%,

    Net Price: $24,640,

    SAT Range: 930-1170,

    Will you get in?CompareVirtual tour
  16. Methodist University

    4 Year,

    FAYETTEVILLE, NC,

    587 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says So far, my experience at Methodist University has been wonderful! I am a commuting student and a freshman at Methodist. I am a Music Performance major, a small field of study at Methodist. Methodist....

    Read 587 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 76%,

    Net Price: $31,730,

    SAT Range: 940-1150,

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  17. Brevard College

    4 Year,

    BREVARD, NC,

    217 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I have attended 1 year at Brevard college. Overall it was great first year experience was able to different challenges i never thought would be for me but at brevard college the professors are all....

    Read 217 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 45%,

    Net Price: $23,001,

    SAT Range: 850-1050,

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  18. Lees-McRae College

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    4 Year,

    BANNER ELK, NC,

    257 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Making a transition from a community college to Lee’s McRae to receive my Bachelor of Elementary Education has been a smooth and stress free transition. The faculty are helpful and welcoming, and....

    Read 257 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 74%,

    Net Price: $24,390,

    SAT Range: 900-1140,

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  19. Elizabeth City State University

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    4 Year,

    ELIZABETH CITY, NC,

    477 Niche users give it an average review of 3.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I have experienced the ups and downs of college. I enjoy the closeness of the professors and the ratios of classes at ECSU! I love the bonds I have formed not only with the professors but with the....

    Read 477 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 75%,

    Net Price: $3,270,

    SAT Range: 840-1000,

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  20. Mars Hill University

    4 Year,

    MARS HILL, NC,

    565 Niche users give it an average review of 3.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I am a current student-athlete at Mars Hill University and I can not praise it enough. All the professors I have had so far are wonderful and really care about the student's education. Other staff....

    Read 565 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 67%,

    Net Price: $18,195,

    SAT Range: 940-1130,

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  21. William Peace University

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    4 Year,

    RALEIGH, NC,

    289 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I love William Peace University! I've run into some issues with communications from financial aid and the business office, but professors and advisors are wonderful. Any time I have a question, my....

    Read 289 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: B minus,

    Acceptance Rate: 61%,

    Net Price: $25,841,

    SAT Range: 940-1130,

    Will you get in?CompareVirtual tour
  22. Lenoir-Rhyne University

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    4 Year,

    HICKORY, NC,

    449 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says The professors at Lenoir-Rhyne University seem to genuinely care about your education and career goals. In addition to this, the campus is fairly small , so the professors will know you individually....

    Read 449 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Acceptance Rate: 77%,

    Net Price: $18,814,

    SAT Range: 970-1170,

    Will you get in?CompareVirtual tour
  23. Warren Wilson College

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    4 Year,

    SWANNANOA, NC,

    330 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I love Wilson. I am a freshman and I chose this college for the unique experience of non-traditional learning, cool student body, and the opportunities for people who are interested in the arts.....

    Read 330 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Acceptance Rate: 85%,

    Net Price: $25,718,

    SAT Range: 1120-1280,

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  24. Salem College

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    4 Year,

    WINSTON-SALEM, NC,

    513 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says My overall experience at Salem College is one for the books. I have been absolutely ecstatic my entire time here. The academics are wonderful and brilliantly curated. The campus is beautiful and....

    Read 513 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Acceptance Rate: 85%,

    Net Price: $19,128,

    SAT Range: 930-1140,

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  25. North Carolina Wesleyan University

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    4 Year,

    ROCKY MOUNT, NC,

    230 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Overall, I have had a great experience at Wesleyan College. I have interacted with incredible professors who have taken an interest in my education and future. I have developed good relationships....

    Read 230 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Acceptance Rate: 48%,

    Net Price: $16,772,

    SAT Range: 850-980,

    Will you get in?CompareVirtual tour
  26. Johnson C. Smith University

    4 Year,

    CHARLOTTE, NC,

    865 Niche users give it an average review of 3.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says When I went for my college tour I was scared at first but everything went good. It’s very nice and not very big like an easier way to get around. The people were very nice and told me where....

    Read 865 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Acceptance Rate: 49%,

    Net Price: $20,468,

    SAT Range: 800-980,

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  27. Belmont Abbey College

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    4 Year,

    BELMONT, NC,

    209 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I have had a wonderful time here at Belmont Abbey College. I graduate May of this year and I'm not ready to leave yet!During my time here, I have formed lifelong friendships with my teammates on the cheer team and those outside of cheer. After college I plan to room with my some of girlfriends from here and I'm so....

    Read 209 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: C+,

    Acceptance Rate: 80%,

    Net Price: $22,333,

    SAT Range: 970-1180,

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