If you’re a current or aspiring college student in North Carolina, you may be looking to learn online. This could mean earning a certificate or diploma, getting your undergraduate degree, or working toward a master’s or doctorate to boost your career prospects. The good news is, North Carolina has a wide range of accredited colleges and universities that offer flexible and affordable online programs for students within all academic levels and income brackets. But which schools and programs are right for you? Explore your options and begin your research process with us.
North Carolina has 95 institutions with online education options, 93 of which offer full online degree programs at the bachelor’s level. To make it easier for students to find and research these programs, a number of college and university systems have created simple yet comprehensive database. The University of North Carolina’s UNC Online allows you to read about and register for online courses tied to one of the 16 university system campuses. You can also check equivalency of your courses across the campuses and even how its distance learning works with study abroad.
At the two-year level, the North Carolina Community Colleges System (NCCCS) connects students, programs, and courses through its Virtual Learning Community (VLC). The VLC promotes high-quality instruction, content, collaborative models, and resources and tools for all learners. It covers all of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges.
|number||University||Score||Location||Annual Tuition||# of Online Programs||Financial Aid %||Student-Teacher Ratio||Grad Rate||Credit for Experience||Placement Services||Counseling Services||University Information|
|1.||North Carolina State University at Raleigh||100.00||Raleigh, NC||$6,038||35||52%||15:1||74%||No||Yes||Yes|
|2.||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||99.51||Chapel Hill, NC||$6,423||9||43%||14:1||90%||No||Yes||Yes|
|3.||East Carolina University||99.35||Greenville, NC||$3,959||49||48%||18:1||56%||No||Yes||Yes|
|4.||North Carolina Central University||98.39||Durham, NC||$3,455||12||85%||16:1||40%||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|5.||St Andrews University||97.75||Laurinburg, NC||$23,682||4||97%||14:1||46%||No||Yes||Yes|
|6.||Mid-Atlantic Christian University||97.74||Elizabeth City, NC||$12,800||4||91%||12:1||60%||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|7.||Lees-McRae College||97.59||Banner Elk, NC||$23,450||5||100%||15:1||38%||No||Yes||Yes|
|8.||Fayetteville State University||97.57||Fayetteville, NC||$2,743||8||88%||17:1||32%||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|9.||Western Carolina University||97.42||Cullowhee, NC||$3,669||16||69%||16:1||51%||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|10.||University of Mount Olive||97.27||Mount Olive, NC||$17,800||3||93%||14:1||37%||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|11.||University of North Carolina at Greensboro||97.23||Greensboro, NC||$3,932||17||66%||17:1||55%||No||Yes||Yes|
|12.||North Carolina A & T State University||96.35||Greensboro, NC||$3,270||10||67%||19:1||43%||No||Yes||Yes|
|13.||University of North Carolina at Charlotte||96.20||Charlotte, NC||$3,522||14||32%||19:1||54%||No||Yes||Yes|
|14.||Piedmont International University||96.15||Winston Salem, NC||$8,850||7||61%||7:1||47%||No||Yes||Yes|
|15.||Montreat College||96.08||Montreat, NC||$23,320||4||96%||18:1||39%||Yes||No||Yes|
|16.||Appalachian State University||95.92||Boone, NC||$3,772||11||34%||16:1||69%||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|17.||University of North Carolina Wilmington||95.70||Wilmington, NC||$4,026||8||47%||17:1||71%||No||Yes||Yes|
|18.||Laurel University||95.22||High Point, NC||$9,500||10||89%||15:1||67%||Yes||No||Yes|
|19.||Winston-Salem State University||95.00||Winston-Salem, NC||$3,144||7||68%||14:1||46%||No||No||Yes|
|20.||University of North Carolina at Pembroke||94.52||Pembroke, NC||$3,211||8||32%||15:1||33%||No||Yes||Yes|
|21.||Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary||92.55||Wake Forest, NC||$7,152||8||13%||20:1||53%||No||Yes||Yes|
|22.||Apex School of Theology||92.20||Durham, NC||$4,800||3||29%||17:1||100%||Yes||No||Yes|
|23.||Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary||90.03||Charlotte, NC||$8,454||6||N/A||4:1||40%||No||No||Yes|
North Carolina continues to grow its capability as a center of quality online learning. To help students and parents across all learning levels, the state government has established eLearningNC.gov. The site provides a detailed rundown of what eLearning actually means, a checklist to help you find accredited programs, the different types, the many benefits, the key terms, and what’s needed to pay. Although many online colleges in North Carolina have affordable payment structures, understanding how it all works is the key to earning a degree on budget.
To make college more affordable, North Carolina has joined the Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market. This program allows both campus and online students to pay in-state tuition while attending an out-of-state college. The Academic Common Market covers 15 states in the southwest region of the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Education reports that 21.3% of college students in North Carolina took at least one course online in 2012. That same year, 11.4% were enrolled in a fully online program. Let’s take a deeper look at these students and how they break down when it comes to online education: