North Carolina Universities
North Carolina is also known for its educational institutions. It is
home to some of United States’ most prestigious public and private
universities. Some of these universities will be tackled in this
The University of North Carolina is the first public university in the
United States, opened in 1795 in Chapel Hill. The university system is
now composed of seventeen campuses: Appalachian State University
(Watauga County), East Carolina University (Pitt), Elizabeth City State
University (Pasquotank), Fayetteville State University (Cumberland),
North Carolina Central University (Durham), North Carolina School of the
Arts (Forsyth), North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
(Durham), North Carolina State University (Wake), University of North
Carolina at Asheville (Buncombe), University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill (Orange), University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Mecklenburg),
University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Guilford), University of
North Carolina at Pembroke (Robeson), University of North Carolina at
Wilmington (Hanover), Western Carolina University (Jackson) and
Winston-Salem State University (Forsyth).
This system offers courses in medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy,
veterinary, law, engineering, performing arts and a lot more. The system
has a total enrollment of 183,000 and it is offering 75% of all bachelor
degrees in North Carolina. Aside from being one with the original public
ivy, the Chapel Hill campus is consistently ranked high among the most
prestigious universities in the country and has been hailed alongside
the North Carolina State University in Raleigh and Duke University in
Durham as the members of the Research Triangle.
Located in Durham is Duke University, a private research university
founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present day town of Trinity in
1838 before it was move to Durham in 1892.
The university is well-known not only for its high-standard educational
offerings, consistently staying as one of the country's top ten but also
for its Gothic architecture as magnified by its three campuses: East
Campus, West (Main) Campus and the Medical Center. It owns 220 buildings
on 8,611 acres of land. It offers more than eighty major courses which
include Philosophy, Music, Engineering, Linguistics, Cultural
Anthropology, International Comparative Studies and more.
Gardener-Wenb University is a private university located in Boiling
Springs, North Carolina, with 16 satellite campuses scattered in the
state and offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
It is affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Some of the degree courses offered in the university are the following:
Accounting, Communication Studies, Theater Arts, Music, Composition,
Mathematics, Business, Nursing, Natural Sciences and more. The
university is home to numerous clubs, organizations, and honors
societies and most of the students are living in in-campus dormitories.
Other institutions of higher learning in North Carolina are Campbell
University, High Point University, Methodist University, Wingate
University, Queen's University, Pfeiffer University and Shaw University.