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Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in North Carolina – 2014 Top Online Schools

A list of available accredited online programs in North Carolina is included in the directory below. Filter by criteria like size, location, degree levels, campus setting, and type of school to find the best program to fit your needs.

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North Carolina has more than 173 post-secondary institutions, of which 57 offer online programs. A total of 13 are public four-year colleges or universities and 28 are public community or technical colleges and 16 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 1,138 online certificate programs, 6,164 online associates programs, 6,503 online bachelors programs, 2,429 online masters programs, 3,073 online professional programs, and 644 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as electrical technology, court reporting, and creative writing.

Of the online colleges in North Carolina, the one with the most number of programs online is University of North Carolina, which is a 4-year research university. The school offers 61 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
  • Advanced Nursing
  • Advertising
  • Allied Health
  • Art
  • Automotive Technology
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Christian Counseling
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Forensics
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Cosmetology
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design
  • Drafting
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Educational Leadership


Tuition may vary for online college courses depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. In North Carolina, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $3,324 per year. Tuition at public community and technical colleges was $1,733 per year on average. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $4,800 to $38,985 per year.

To offset tuition costs, North Carolina college students received an estimated $24,853,265,840 worth of financial aid each year. Nearly 43.38% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. Institutional grants account for a reported 61.58% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited North Carolina online colleges awarded their students $7,213,067,183 in institutional scholarships and grants.

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Based on the total gross state product for North Carolina, which was $424.245 billion in 2010, North Carolina has the 9th strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.

The state has a total workforce of approximately 3,772,780 employees. The three largest industries in the state are:

  • Construction
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Financial

North Carolina’s construction industry employs about 7% of all North Carolina employees. Another 9% are employed in North Carolina’s arts and entertainment industry. Also, North Carolina’s financial industry employs about 6% of the total number of North Carolina employees.

The average wage in North Carolina is less than the national average. In the US, workers earn an estimated $42,871 annually. However, in North Carolina, workers earn an estimated $40,500 annually. The median income for employees is $31,090 per year. But, the top 10% of the state’s employees earn over $73,170 per year, while the bottom 10% earn under $17,010. The highest paid employees are surgeons, while the lowest paid employees in the state are sports book writers. North Carolina surgeons can make up to $236,850 per annum, while sports book writers in the state can make as little as $16,630 per year. In the nation, surgeons earn an average salary of $225,390 annually. On the other hand, sports book writers in the nation earn an average yearly income of $24,060.

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North Carolina, named in honor of Charles I of England, is located in the Southeast region of the United States. It is the 24th smallest state in the country, and has an area of 53,819 square miles. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 58°F.

North Carolina has the 10th largest population in the nation. It has an estimated population of 9,535,483 residents living in its 100 counties. Approximately 40% of North Carolina’s population is under the age of 30. The diversity of the population is average when compared with that of other states in the country. An estimated 35% of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

The capital city of North Carolina is Raleigh. However, with a population of 731,424 residents, Charlotte is the state’s largest city. Approximately 13.04% of the state’s residents live in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state are Raleigh, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Durham.

North Carolina residents generally have an average level of education as compared to those around the nation. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 18.3% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 4.1% have at least an associates degree, 3.2% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.