# 2022 best colleges in North Carolina

Read more**Net cost**: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

**Earnings**: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

**Payback**: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

**Earnings plus**: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

**Rankings**: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earnings*plus *performance.

#### Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $51,044

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $19,844

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $6,797

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $29,600

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $19,282

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $32,897

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $10,181

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $5,662

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $22,167

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $3,531

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $5,332

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $2,124

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $7,668

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $44

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $914

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $10,809

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $1,295

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $2,792

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $4,162

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Lenoir-Rhyne University

Hickory, North Carolina

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $3,386

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.