Explore Duke, UNC, and NC State
Duke University: Located in the Bull City, Duke has an enrollment of approximately 16,700 students pursuing undergrad and graduate degrees. Medicine, law, engineering, business, and theology are some of the university’s most recognized programs. It’s not all studying though – their men’s basketball program is one of the top ranked in the country.
In 2019, Duke dedicated $1.23 billion to research and development, placing it at tenth in the nation for research expenditures.
The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill: The Triangle is home to the first public university in America, founded in 1789. 231 years later, Carolina is home to 30,000 students. The Schools of Medicine, Business and Law are consistently ranked among the nation’s elite. In 2019, the university allocated 1.153 billion in research expenditures.
Even those who aren’t sport-minded might feel compelled to pick a side in the Duke-Carolina sports rivalry. Like the Duke Blue Devils, the Carolina Tar Heels are also top-ranked nationally in basketball.
(Wondering what a “tar heel is”? Find out here.)
North Carolina State University: Located in Raleigh, its 66,000 undergrad and grad students make NC State the largest university in the state. Originally founded as a land-grant institution focusing on engineering and agriculture, the university is a leading public research university with $541M in research and development expenditures for 2019. It has a solid track record of being an impressive generator of new technologies, successful startups, and talent.