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I’d love to tell you that paying for college isn’t as big a deal as I was led to believe.  However, it’s probably more accurate to say the cost of our son’s education is breathtakingly more that I could have ever imagined. We sold a house and moved across state lines just to ease the burden by getting in-state tuition.   If you’re reading this, and your kids are still young, do whatever you have to do to put money aside and don’t touch it.  If your kids are in middle or high school, start hunting any and all scholarships you can.

Yup, our son and our money are forever tied up in Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.  As much as I want to gasp at how much we’ve spent and continue to spend on our son’s education, at least I can take solace in CCU not being the most expensive college in the state.  That honor is held in South Carolina by Furman University.  No surprise.  Private institutions are the priciest.

Along those same lines, the most expensive bastion of higher education in North Carolina is no great revelation.  Using data from the US Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Center for Education Statistics, Reddit user malxredleader created a map to show the most expensive college in each US state.

I won’t keep you in suspense any longer (like you couldn’t guess already).  Duke University is the Tiffany university of the Tar Heel State.  That being said, if your kid is REALLY smart, and you’ve got a spare 60K or so each year, I highly recommend it.

FYI, to save you the trouble of searching, the most expensive college listed is Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts.  A mere 64K annually buys you a seat in the classroom.  The cheapest? The University of the Virgin Islands, which costs $14,496 in yearly tuition and fees. Okay, who right now isn’t all in on the notion of spending four plus years “studying” in the Virgin Islands?!

List: The Best Colleges In North Carolina According To US News

What are the best colleges in North Carolina? There’s no perfect college because no one student wants or needs the exact same things. What makes a particular academic institution stand out to one person may be exactly what another doesn’t want. And choosing which school that is can be a daunting task. Even creating a list of universities to visit and apply to can be overwhelming. That’s why U.S. News creates its Best Colleges rankings each year. And last year they released their rankings for 2022-2023.

To create these rankings U.S. News analyzed over 1,850 colleges and placed them in four overall ranking categories. These include National UniversitiesLiberal Arts CollegesRegional Universities, and Regional Colleges. The rankings in each category are based on factors that are indicative of academic quality. This includes such metrics as graduation rates and faculty resources.

Best Colleges In North Carolina

So back to North Carolina. We’ve got some major recognizable names when it comes to universities. In, fact, in the sports world North Carolina has 4 undefeated college football teams right now 3 weeks into the season. Like many states, sports are a big driver for many of the dozens of colleges and universities across the state of North Carolina. It was a huge factor in my college selection. One that was the best decision I ever made. But returning to academics, North Carolina has options of all sizes including large research universities, midsize colleges, and small private liberal arts colleges. You can choose an institution in a big city, a small town, the mountains, or the beach.

Returning to college football for a moment, coincidental the top 4 national universities in North Carolina are those same 4 teams that are undefeated right now. Another interesting statistic is that our state is home to the number one overall regional university in the south. That’s pretty awesome! Keep reading to see where your school made the list. First, you’ll see the list of North Carolina National Universities, then Liberal Arts, and finally Regional Colleges/Universities.