Best Value Colleges in North Carolina

PayScale's 2016 College ROI Report ranks North Carolina colleges by their return on investment for your educational dollars.

The Tar Heel State is home to the famous Research Triangle, a wide selection high value colleges and universities, as well as hundreds of square miles of rolling hills and mountains and some of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast.  Read More

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61Salem College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($37,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
62Lees-McRae College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($75,800)
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,300
63Saint Augustine's College - Raleigh, NC(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($79,500)
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate33%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$11,200
64Shaw University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($85,800)
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
65St Andrews Presbyterian College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($112,300)
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
66Livingstone College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($148,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$105,000
Grad Rate24%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,200

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

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Prestigious and private Duke University is located in Durham. Founded in 1838, it sprawls across an immense, 8,600-acre campus that is lovingly referred to as the Gothic Wonderland due to its overwhelmingly Collegiate Gothic architecture. Made up of two undergraduate schools, including the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke produces more Fulbright, Rhodes, Goldwater and Truman scholars than any other private university in the nation. Without question, it is one of the best value colleges in North Carolina and a great choice if you can get in. And if you are a basketball fan, Duke's Blue Devils are one of the most successful college basketball teams in the country year after year. (Just don't wear the wrong shade of blue to a game!)

As the largest university in the Carolinas, North Carolina State University stands apart from other colleges in many ways. NC State is located in Raleigh and offers more than 100 bachelor's degrees, more than 100 master's degrees and more than 60 doctoral degrees. Best known for its programs in engineering, agriculture, textiles and design and the life sciences, NC State offers the value of college education North Carolina residents can use to build strong careers.

With its location just north of downtown Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University provides a return on investment North Carolina students and their families are sure to appreciate. The university is made up of an undergraduate college, a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and four professional schools, and it's an optimal choice for students who want top-notch educations that deliver the best value for their educational investments.