The Triangle’s three world-class universities and numerous colleges provide unparalleled access to lifelong learning and partnerships for business, education, research and citizens.
Higher Education is the cornerstone of the Research Triangle Region. Well over 100,000 students are enrolled in the area's colleges and universities. These institutions confer more than 20,000 degrees annually—a major contributor to the region's high performance workforce.
Duke University, in nearby Durham, has an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students with more than half pursuing advanced degrees. Medicine, Law, Engineering, Business and Divinity are some of the university’s most recognized and renowned areas of study. Duke allots over $950 million to research and development.
North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, is home to more than 34,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. A land grant institution known for its focus on applied research, NC State University is an impressive generator of new technologies, successful startups and rock-solid employees. The university is the nation’s 3rd largest recipient of industry-sponsored research among public universities without a medical school.
For a quick, but comprehensive overview of NC State -- including rankings, financials and research -- see the NC State At A Glance fact sheet.
The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, founded in 1789, has the honor of being the first public university in the nation. More than 220 years later, Carolina is home to almost 30,000 students and for the first time ever eclipsed the $800 million mark in research grants and contracts. The Schools of Medicine, Business and Law are consistently ranked among the nation’s elite.
Colleges and Universities
Campbell University, located in Buies Creek, NC, has transformed itself into one of the region's finest universities. Campbell, which has an enrollment of almost 10,000 students, offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs. It's School of Law is located in downtown Raleigh, and has a new School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Meredith College is an independent private women’s college located in West Raleigh. At 2,100 students, Meredith is the largest women’s college in the Southeast.
North Carolina Central University in Durham was the nation’s first public liberal arts college founded for African-Americans. Home to more than 8,600 students, Central has significantly expanded its research efforts with programs like the Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) leading the way.
St. Augustine’s College, founded in 1867, is a historically black college located 10 blocks east of the State Capitol. Annual enrollment is roughly 1,500 students.
Shaw University is a historically black private liberal arts institution located in downtown Raleigh. Established in 1865, Shaw has an annual enrollment of approximately 2,700 students.
William Peace University is a 154-year old institution located just north of downtown Raleigh. WPU enrolls 700 students each year with a student to faculty ratio of 15:1.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern are located in Wake Forest, North Carolina and have a combined total of over 3,400 students. The seminary was founded in 1950 and is an institution of higher learning and a Cooperative Program ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). The College at Southeastern began in 1994 as an undergraduate school of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
The Open Education Database provides information on every college in the state of North Carolina, along with news, stats, costs and other great resources. Visit their page here.