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With leading academics and top sports teams, what’s not to love about North Carolina’s higher education scene? On par with the country’s top institutions, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is designated as a Public Ivy and one of the oldest and most environmentally friendly universities in the nation. Duke University ranks among the most diverse institutions in the state and its sports teams consistently top national charts. Perhaps less well known but equally deserving of attention is East Carolina University – the only university in the state to boast a medical school, dental school, and engineering school all on one campus.

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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.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in North Carolina

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Admission rate: 8%

Grad rate: 96%

Net cost: $27,020

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $93,115

Vs. state average: + $51,044

Economic score: 0.70

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#2 in North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Admission rate: 26%

Grad rate: 90%

Net cost: $12,352

Payback: 1.3 Years

Earnings: $61,915

Vs. state average: + $19,844

Economic score: 0.86

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#3 in North Carolina

Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Admission rate: 75%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $2,350

Payback: Under a year

Earnings: $35,274

Vs. state average: - $6,797

Economic score: 1.01

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#4 in North Carolina

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

Admission rate: 20%

Grad rate: 91%

Net cost: $19,115

Payback: 2.0 Years

Earnings: $71,671

Vs. state average: + $29,600

Economic score: 1.15

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#5 in North Carolina

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina

Admission rate: 47%

Grad rate: 81%

Net cost: $16,458

Payback: 1.8 Years

Earnings: $61,353

Vs. state average: + $19,282

Economic score: 1.26

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#6 in North Carolina

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Admission rate: 32%

Grad rate: 89%

Net cost: $29,990

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $74,968

Vs. state average: + $32,897

Economic score: 1.29

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#7 in North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 61%

Net cost: $16,529

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $52,252

Vs. state average: + $10,181

Economic score: 2.02

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#8 in North Carolina

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 44%

Net cost: $5,899

Payback: 1.9 Years

Earnings: $36,409

Vs. state average: - $5,662

Economic score: 2.24

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#9 in North Carolina

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

Admission rate: 72%

Grad rate: 83%

Net cost: $37,230

Payback: 3.6 Years

Earnings: $64,238

Vs. state average: + $22,167

Economic score: 2.35

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#10 in North Carolina

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $13,920

Payback: 2.6 Years

Earnings: $45,602

Vs. state average: + $3,531

Economic score: 2.37

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#11 in North Carolina

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $15,844

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $47,403

Vs. state average: + $5,332

Economic score: 2.49

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#12 in North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina

Admission rate: 88%

Grad rate: 57%

Net cost: $12,748

Payback: 2.6 Years

Earnings: $44,195

Vs. state average: + $2,124

Economic score: 2.49

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#13 in North Carolina

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina

Admission rate: 68%

Grad rate: 73%

Net cost: $19,055

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $49,739

Vs. state average: + $7,668

Economic score: 2.49

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#14 in North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

Admission rate: 80%

Grad rate: 62%

Net cost: $12,061

Payback: 2.6 Years

Earnings: $42,027

Vs. state average: - $44

Economic score: 2.63

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#15 in North Carolina

North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, North Carolina

Admission rate: 57%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $10,274

Payback: 2.6 Years

Earnings: $41,157

Vs. state average: - $914

Economic score: 2.65

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#16 in North Carolina

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Admission rate: 69%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $25,078

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $52,880

Vs. state average: + $10,809

Economic score: 2.69

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#17 in North Carolina

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Admission rate: 49%

Grad rate: 64%

Net cost: $13,722

Payback: 2.9 Years

Earnings: $43,366

Vs. state average: + $1,295

Economic score: 2.77

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#18 in North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, North Carolina

Admission rate: 92%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $10,228

Payback: 2.8 Years

Earnings: $39,279

Vs. state average: - $2,792

Economic score: 3.05

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#19 in North Carolina

Wingate University

Wingate, North Carolina

Admission rate: 74%

Grad rate: 54%

Net cost: $18,759

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $46,233

Vs. state average: + $4,162

Economic score: 3.10

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#20 in North Carolina

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Hickory, North Carolina

Admission rate: 77%

Grad rate: 55%

Net cost: $18,924

Payback: 3.4 Years

Earnings: $45,457

Vs. state average: + $3,386

Economic score: 3.19

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