NC Independent Colleges and Universities
Half a dozen facts you should know about North Carolina Private Colleges and Universities...
There are 36 independent colleges and universities located across North Carolina, including four colleges for women, five historically black institutions, and one two-year college. All are SACS accredited and are non-profit. They are private, with a public purpose of higher education.
Independent (or private) colleges and universities enroll over 65,000 undergraduate students and over 17,000 graduate and professional students, with over half of them from North Carolina. They offer 126 different undergraduate degrees.
Independent colleges and universities grant almost one-third of the baccalaureate degrees awarded each year in North Carolina, about 45 percent of the medical degrees, and over 60 percent of the law degrees. One fourth of the teachers who graduate from institutions in the state are prepared at one of the private colleges or universities.
The average tuition and fees charged by North Carolina independent colleges and universities last year was 17 percent (over $4,200) below the national average. Hundreds of millions of dollars are available to assist students and their families afford higher education.
The North Carolina General Assembly has provided financial assistance to North Carolina students attending the state's independent colleges and universities since 1972. The Legislative Tuition Grant is $1,850 this year for full-time North Carolina students. Additional state grants of varying amounts are available to North Carolina students based on financial need.
These institutions offer small classes, individual attention, and an opportunity to work directly with professors who are experts in their fields.