Best Colleges in North Carolina by Salary Potential

Education is an investment, and you want your degree to pay off. Research earning potential for bachelor's degree graduates from North Carolina's colleges and universities. [Read More]

North Carolina is well known for schools like North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. The top employers and jobs in the state are in medical fields, but many graduates who stay in state go on to work for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wells Fargo or Merrill Lynch and Co. Inc., among others.

North Carolina State University is the alma mater of stand-up comedian Zach Galifianakis, and the largest undergraduate institution in the state with over 24,000 undergrad students -- that's a big Wolfpack. Barton College, a private religious school, is the smallest college in North Carolina on our list, with only about 1,000 students enrolled.

A Famous Rivalry: Duke vs. UNC

Duke's Blue Devils and UNC Chapel Hill's Tar Heels compete in just about every arena, and they have a sports rivalry that is as passionate as it is old. But Duke's alumni earn more than graduates of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in both early career and mid-career salary rankings. Michael Jordan and Andy Griffith are both UNC alumni.

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