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2021 Best Colleges in North Carolina by Salary Score

By the GradReports team | Updated 3/1/2021

We ranked the top 25 schools in North Carolina based on Salary Score to show how alumni salaries at these schools compare to alumni salaries across the country. We know that future salary isn’t the primary consideration for every student, but we do believe this information is useful alongside other metrics, like cost of tuition, financial aid packages, and the overall quality of a program. To calculate Salary Score, we compared median alumni earnings a year after graduating from a major at one college to alumni earnings for the same major at other universities. The results were compiled into one bachelor's Salary Score for each college, which indicates the salary potential for graduates based on real alumni outcomes. The top six North Carolina universities below have higher Salary Scores than the median for all U.S. colleges and universities. The top three schools in North Carolina — Elon University, Duke University, and Wake Forest University — also earned a spot on our 2021 list of the best colleges in the country.

To be considered for our state rankings, schools must offer and provide data for at least 8 bachelor's programs. You can click on a school's name to view individual program scores. Read our methodology to learn more about how schools were ranked.

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Salary Scores based on data reported by the U.S. Department of Education
Rank School Location Annual Tuition Salary Score
#1 #1 Elon Elon $35,319 94.87
#2 #2 Durham Durham $55,695 92.72
#3 #3 Winston Salem Winston Salem $53,322 90.41
#4 #4 Raleigh Raleigh $9,101 60.91
#5 #5 Chapel Hill Chapel Hill $8,987 60.45
#6 #6 Raleigh Raleigh $37,176 51.79
#7 #7 High Point High Point $35,118 48.72
#8 #8 Belmont Belmont $18,500 47.05
#9 #9 Charlotte Charlotte $6,853 46.45
#10 #10 Mount Olive Mount Olive $20,600 43.64
#11 #11 Greenville Greenville $7,188 43.25
#12 #12 Raleigh Raleigh $30,500 41.29
#13 #13 Wingate Wingate $33,166 40.67
#14 #14 Misenheimer Misenheimer $30,234 40.56
#15 #15 Buies Creek Buies Creek $32,500 39.47
#16 #16 Wilmington Wilmington $7,091 38.86
#17 #17 Greensboro Greensboro $7,331 35.31
#18 #18 Charlotte Charlotte $34,684 33.54
#19 #19 Rocky Mount Rocky Mount $30,750 32.64
#20 #20 Wilson Wilson $30,880 30.19
#21 #21 Fayetteville Fayetteville $5,249 29.25
#22 #22 Fayetteville Fayetteville $33,852 28.03
#23 #23 Pembroke Pembroke $3,418 27.73
#24 #24 Cullowhee Cullowhee $3,926 27.53
#25 #25 Boiling Springs Boiling Springs $32,000 26.63