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North Carolina Healthcare Colleges

116 Colleges
23,800 Yearly Graduations
$41,655 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,847 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

North Carolina ranked #14 in the nation for healthcare degrees handed out in 2019. Around 23,800 students received some type of diploma that year. North Carolina colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $10,414 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $15,465 per year.

An estimated 46% of college students in North Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,462 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,479 Yearly Degrees
$7,238 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,081 undergraduates at ECU, of which 19,204 are full-time, and there are 28,651 students altogether. It takes the average ECU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

66% of ECU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,407 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from ECU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $34,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,309 Yearly Degrees
$8,980 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 19,154 undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill, of which 18,528 are full-time, and there are 29,877 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at UNC Chapel Hill. The freshman retention rate is 96%.

The acceptance rate at UNC Chapel Hill is 24%, making it one of the most selective schools in the country. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 28% of students at UNC Chapel Hill take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,478 a year. UNC Chapel Hill has a 1.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,148 Yearly Degrees
$7,181 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 14,785 undergraduates at UNCW, of which 12,480 are full-time, and there are 17,499 students altogether. UNCW has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

54% of UNCW students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,990 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UNCW with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
943 Yearly Degrees
$57,931 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 16,686 students at Duke in total, 6,649 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 6,597 are full-time. For undergraduates at Duke, the average graduation time is 4.1 years.

This a very selective school with only 10% of students getting accepted. Around 50% of accepted students are men, and 50% are women.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,502 a year. The student loan default rate of 0.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $76,300 during the early-career years.

#5

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
678 Yearly Degrees
$2,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wake Technical Community College is 22,003, which includes 7,362 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

22% of Wake Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,995 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wake Technical Community College is $27,500.

#6

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
662 Yearly Degrees
$6,905 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Charlotte is 29,615, of which 24,070 students are undergraduates and of those, 20,877 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNC Charlotte is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

58% of UNC Charlotte students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,025 a year. UNC Charlotte has a 6.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNC Charlotte is $35,900.

#7

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
614 Yearly Degrees
$5,941 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Winston - Salem State University is 5,121, of which 4,656 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,067 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WSSU is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 28% are men and 72% are women.

Approximately 86% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,299 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WSSU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
567 Yearly Degrees
$4,277 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Carolina University is 12,167, of which 10,469 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,934 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WCU is 4.4 years.

About 39% of students who apply get accepted. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

67% of WCU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,190 a year. WCU has a 6.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WCU is $31,900.

#9

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
539 Yearly Degrees
$7,409 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 17,518 undergraduates at Appalachian State, of which 16,622 are full-time, and there are 19,280 students altogether. The freshman retention rate at Appalachian State is 89%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

About 70% of students who apply get accepted. Around 37% of accepted students are men, and 63% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at Appalachian State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,519 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Appalachian State is $33,000.

#10

Pitt Community College

Winterville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
537 Yearly Degrees
$1,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pitt Community College is 8,237, which includes 3,501 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 57% of students at Pitt Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Pitt Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
535 Yearly Degrees
$34,630 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Campbell University is 6,185, of which 3,980 students are undergraduates and of those, 3,257 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 81%. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

87% of Campbell students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,670 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,900 during the early-career years.

#12

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
507 Yearly Degrees
$2,319 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,347 full-time undergraduates at Guilford Technical Community College, and 11,070 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 33% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,498 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Guilford Technical Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
498 Yearly Degrees
$7,403 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of North Carolina at Greensboro is 20,196, of which 16,581 students are undergraduates and of those, 14,007 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UNC Greensboro is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 78%. Of the accepted students, 32% are men and 68% are women.

Approximately 67% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,724 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from UNC Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
497 Yearly Degrees
$2,640 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,904 students at Edgecombe Community College in total, 453 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 73% of students at Edgecombe Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,202 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,500 during the early-career years.

#15

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
477 Yearly Degrees
$2,544 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,646 full-time undergraduates at FTCC, and 12,021 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 54% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,100 during the early-career years.

#16

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
464 Yearly Degrees
$2,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,790 full-time undergraduates at Central Piedmont Community College, and 18,646 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

1% of Central Piedmont Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,982 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,800 during the early-career years.

#17

Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
461 Yearly Degrees
$2,004 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,890 full-time undergraduates at Forsyth Tech, and 7,695 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

69% of Forsyth Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,090 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Forsyth Tech is $22,700.

Public Public vs. Private
385 Yearly Degrees
$2,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,026 full-time undergraduates at A-B Tech, and 7,003 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

11% of A-B Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,549 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from A-B Tech is $24,300.

#19

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Salisbury, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
370 Yearly Degrees
$2,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,379 students at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in total, 1,517 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,600 during the early-career years.

#20

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
360 Yearly Degrees
$2,282 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,423 full-time undergraduates at DCCC, and 3,734 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 15% of students at DCCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,515 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DCCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $23,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Gaston College

Dallas, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
339 Yearly Degrees
$2,704 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,416 full-time undergraduates at Gaston College, and 5,655 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,000 during the early-career years.

#22

Durham Technical Community College

Durham, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
323 Yearly Degrees
$2,228 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,665 students at Durham Technical Community College in total, 1,454 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 8% of students at Durham Technical Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,117 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,600 during the early-career years.

#23

Wayne Community College

Goldsboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
310 Yearly Degrees
$2,524 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,948 students at Wayne Community College in total, 1,345 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 2% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $12,143 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $21,100 during the early-career years.

#24

Miller-Motte College Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
272 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,148 full-time undergraduates at MMC Wilmington, and 2,408 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

89% of MMC Wilmington students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,592 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,400 during the early-career years.

#25

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
251 Yearly Degrees
$2,748 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Cape Fear Community College is 8,629, which includes 2,980 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

18% of CFCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,289 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CFCC is $24,000.

Other North Carolina Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Gardner - Webb University 249
27 Wake Forest University 243
28 Miller-Motte College Raleigh 224
29 Wingate University 221
30 Southeastern Institute - Charlotte 219
31 Lenoir Community College 215
32 Coastal Carolina Community College 213
33 Fayetteville State University 210
34 Lenoir - Rhyne University 198
35 Southwestern Community College 197
36 Catawba Valley Community College 192
37 Johnston Community College 188
38 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 186
39 Central Carolina Community College 185
40 North Carolina Central University 182
41 Sandhills Community College 181
42 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 171
43 Vance-Granville Community College 170
44 University of Mount Olive 168
45 Miller-Motte College Fayetteville 163
46 Carolinas College of Health Sciences 161
47 Queens University of Charlotte 160
48 Richmond Community College 154
49 Alamance Community College 142
50 Methodist University 139
51 South Piedmont Community College 138
52 Nash Community College 134
53 Cleveland Community College 131
54 Randolph Community College 130
54 Craven Community College 130
54 Stanly Community College 130
57 Isothermal Community College 127
58 Beaufort County Community College 125
59 Pfeiffer University 121
60 Carteret Community College 120
61 Wilson Community College 112
62 North Carolina State University 111
62 Robeson Community College 111
64 Gwinnett College 110
64 Halifax Community College 110
66 Surry Community College 109
67 Bladen Community College 108
68 Pamlico Community College 103
69 College of the Albemarle 102
70 Meredith College 101
71 Rockingham Community College 98
72 Western Piedmont Community College 92
73 Sampson Community College 90
74 Montgomery Community College 86
75 Haywood Community College 85
76 Elon University 84
77 Mitchell Community College 83
78 North Carolina A & T State University 81
78 Southeastern Community College 81
80 Miller-Motte College Jacksonville 76
80 Brunswick Community College 76
82 Living Arts College 75
83 Mayland Community College 72
84 Wilkes Community College 70
85 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 65
86 Barton College 64
87 McDowell Technical Community College 62
88 Center for Massage 58
89 South University, High Point 55
89 Piedmont Community College 55
91 Watts School of Nursing 54
92 Chamberlain University - North Carolina 52
93 University of North Carolina at Asheville 51
94 Strayer University - North Carolina 48
95 Martin Community College 47
96 Lees - McRae College 46
97 Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts 43
98 Blue Ridge Community College 42
99 Tri-County Community College 34
100 College of Wilmington 33
101 High Point University 31
102 Roanoke-Chowan Community College 25
102 Mars Hill University 25
104 Catawba College 24
104 Montreat College 24
106 Guilford College 21
107 James Sprunt Community College 20
108 Greensboro College 16
109 Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine 12
110 North Carolina Wesleyan College 7
111 Johnson C Smith University 5
111 Shaw University 5
113 Brevard College 4
113 Saint Augustine’s University 4
115 William Peace University 0
115 University of Phoenix - North Carolina 0

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