2016 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in North Carolina

Online learning is a huge part of the higher education system in North Carolina. You can find plenty of online degree programs in the state, with accredited degrees offered in a number of concentrations at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate levels. Perhaps the most prominent of the online degree programs in North Carolina is at the country’s oldest public university, the University of North Carolina.


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    The University of North Carolina Online boasts more than 300 online programs, and enrolls nearly 70,000 students in its online programs. 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. These schools offer 1,138 online certificate programs, 6,164 online associate programs, 6,503 online bachelor’s programs, 2,429 online master’s programs, 3,073 online professional programs, and 644 online doctoral programs.

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    The state has a total workforce of approximately 3.7 million employees. North Carolina’s biggest employers are in the trade, transportation, and utilities industries, which collectively employ 757,300 people as of April 2013. The second biggest employers are the various departments at the state and local level, comprising 717,100 of those employed in the state. The unemployment rate in North Carolina was at 8.9 percent as of April 2013, which is slightly higher than the national average.

    The average wage in North Carolina is less than the national average. In the U.S., 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 percent of the state’s employees earn more than $73,170 per year, while the bottom 10 percent earn less than $17,010.


    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.


    The Southern Association of Colleges and the Schools Commission on Colleges (COC) administers most school accreditations in North Carolina. The COC is the regional institutional accrediting agency for the state and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of State. The schools that meet COC’s standards for accreditation have a guaranteed level of academic excellence reflected in its staff, classes, and degree programs.

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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 percent 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 percent 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 percent 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 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have graduated from high school, 4.1 percent have at least an associates degree, 3.2 percent have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.