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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, UNITED STATES, May 5, 2022 / -- The top colleges & universities in North Carolina get an updated ranking for 2022 in the series “The Best Colleges & Universities in the USA.” The updated series includes rankings that cover multiple categories of higher education institutions in the state of North Carolina.

Best Colleges & Universities in North Carolina for 2022

Students can access a number of category rankings of North Carolina colleges & universities to fit their needs:
• 13 Research Universities
• 36 Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities
• 16 Graduate Schools
• 15 Public Colleges & Universities
• 34 Private Colleges & Universities
• 26 Christian Colleges & Universities
• 33 Small Colleges & Universities (fewer than 5,000 students)
• 22 Affordable Colleges (below national average of $16k/yr)
• 48 Community Colleges
• 28 Online Colleges

For many students, attending an in-state college or university continues to provide tuition benefits. The cost advantages they receive from attending a school in their state may be the deciding factor in pursuing a college degree. The convenience of a school within driving distance also factors into costs by providing locals with commuting as an alternative to expensive on-campus housing.

“Students today want more value from their college choices, which is why choosing an in-state education continues to be attractive. Rising costs are a staple of daily news stories. We want to shift the focus off expensive out-of-state schools and onto the best in-state schools each state has to offer its students,” says Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of and professor of physics at Wake Forest University.

Which colleges & universities in North Carolina rank among the best overall?
(Listed alphabetically)
• Appalachian State University (Boone)
• Belmont Abbey College (Belmont)
• Bennett College (Greensboro)
• Campbell University (Buies Creek)
• Catawba College (Salisbury)
• Davidson College (Davidson)
• Duke University (Durham)
• East Carolina University (Greenville)
• Elon University (Elon)
• Fayetteville State University (Fayetteville)
• Guilford College (Greensboro)
• High Point University (High Point)
• Meredith College (Raleigh)
• North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro)
• North Carolina Central University (Durham)
• North Carolina State University (Raleigh)
• Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte)
• Salem College (Winston-Salem)
• Shaw University (Raleigh)
• University of North Carolina at Asheville (Asheville)
• University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill)
• University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte)
• University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Greensboro)
• University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Pembroke)
• University of North Carolina Wilmington (Wilmington)
• Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem)
• Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa)
• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee)
• Wingate University (Wingate)
• Winston-Salem State University (Winston-Salem)

Baseline eligibility for selection: four-year undergraduate degree offerings and full accreditation. Visit the link above to see where these schools rank, along with additional details about each school, as well as rankings of all other North Carolina colleges & universities.

In addition to comprehensive North Carolina rankings, also provides students with updated U.S. rankings for colleges & universities:

The 50 Best Universities in the United States for 2022

For even greater customization, students can filter results to meet 24 personalized criteria through the Custom College Rankings at the site.

Why do the rankings from outperform those from other ranking sites? The proprietary InfluenceRanking™ Engine—innovative machine-learning technology that measures a school’s influence through its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. By analyzing massive data sources such as Wikipedia, Crossref, and Semantic Scholar, the InfluenceRanking Engine creates a map of academic influence that provides students with reliable ranking results. See the About page for further details on the unique capabilities and advantages of this advanced technology.

“At a time when college rankings are under increasing scrutiny, stands behind our tech-driven rankings. Unlike some ranking sites, we’re not dependent on older, more subjective, and more game-able processes. We’ve pioneered better rankings for a better education,” says Macosko. “Not only will students find our rankings superior, but they’ll also benefit from our many helpful guides and our college selection tools. This collection of best-in-class resources is why students from around the world come to to find answers to their college-search questions.” is the preeminent, technology-driven, academic rankings site dedicated to students, researchers, and inquirers from high school through college and beyond. is a part of the EducationAccess group, a family of sites dedicated to lifelong learning and personal growth.

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