Most Affordable Colleges in the state of North Carolina for 2019

State of North Carolina
Middle Class Affordability Rankings™
Which colleges are most affordable for North Carolina residents? The answer may surprise you.

These rankings of the most affordable colleges for North Carolina residents are based on the estimated net price for a "typical" middle class family living in the state of North Carolina.

Note: Net price is the actual cost of the school paid by the student and family, after factoring in merit and grant aid from the college federal programs and work study. The net prices displayed in these rankings are College Raptor's estimates.
"Typical" Middle Class Family
Used in the net price estimates shown below
Number in Family
4
Number In College
1
Total Income
$80,000
Total Assets
$50,000


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Rank College Name Typical Net Price Sticker Price % Savings # Undergrads Est. Median SAT Acceptance Rate
1 Elizabeth City State University $8,500 Image $14,500 41% 1,368 940 59.81%
2 Fayetteville State University $10,200 Image $17,800 43% 5,393 960 67.56%
3 Davidson College $13,300 Image $67,600 80% 1,810 1,421 20.24%
4 University of North Carolina at Asheville $13,900 Image $20,900 33% 3,826 1,195 80.39%
5 Appalachian State University $14,900 Image $19,100 22% 17,017 1,200 70%
6 North Carolina A & T State University $15,000 Image $17,800 16% 10,341 1,015 62.23%
7 University of North Carolina School of the Arts $15,100 Image $21,900 31% 873 1,204 32.64%
8 East Carolina University $15,200 Image $21,900 31% 23,265 1,105 79.02%
9 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill $15,300 Image $22,900 33% 18,862 1,389 24.4%
9 Winston-Salem State University $15,300 Image $20,900 27% 4,688 945 66.57%
11 University of North Carolina at Greensboro $15,500 Image $20,200 23% 16,439 1,115 78.04%
12 University of North Carolina at Pembroke $16,100 Image $20,000 20% 5,481 1,000 80.74%
13 Piedmont International University $16,200 Image $21,000 23% 336 925 36.33%
14 Montreat College $16,500 Image $38,200 57% 757 1,045 65.15%
15 North Carolina Central University $17,000 Image $23,200 27% 6,355 970 82.81%
15 North Carolina Wesleyan College $17,000 Image $44,300 62% 2,093 970 52.97%
17 Duke University $17,100 Image $75,400 77% 6,696 1,471 9.86%
18 Western Carolina University $17,200 Image $21,100 19% 9,406 1,100 38.84%
19 Mars Hill University $17,300 Image $44,700 61% 1,263 1,015 58.22%
20 University of North Carolina at Charlotte $17,800 Image $23,000 23% 23,914 1,190 65.84%
21 Lees-McRae College $18,100 Image $44,500 59% 921 970 70.76%
22 Mid-Atlantic Christian University $18,300 Image $30,600 40% 192 985 53.44%
23 Chowan University $18,700 Image $37,900 51% 1,498 860 60.04%
24 University of North Carolina Wilmington $19,200 Image $24,500 22% 14,502 1,230 66.52%
25 Wingate University $19,300 Image $53,700 64% 2,592 1,045 93.24%
26 Wake Forest University $19,700 Image $73,400 73% 5,102 1,334 27.57%
27 North Carolina State University at Raleigh $20,000 Image $23,200 14% 24,150 1,332 51.36%
28 Livingstone College $20,600 Image $27,700 26% 1,150 825 37.24%
29 Brevard College $21,200 Image $43,600 51% 677 985 45.02%
30 William Peace University $21,700 Image $48,000 55% 930 1,040 59.08%
31 Lenoir-Rhyne University $21,800 Image $51,500 58% 1,699 1,070 73.9%
32 Shaw University $22,000 Image $29,300 25% 1,546 750 52.86%
33 Catawba College $23,300 Image $45,100 48% 1,322 1,030 42.4%
33 Greensboro College $23,300 Image $43,800 47% 946 1,025 40.69%
35 Queens University of Charlotte $23,800 Image $48,800 51% 1,719 1,135 79.16%
36 Guilford College $24,200 Image $54,800 56% 1,674 1,094 90.72%
37 Belmont Abbey College $24,300 Image $33,400 27% 1,555 1,070 99.19%
38 Bennett College $24,900 Image $32,800 24% 493 855 88.93%
39 Johnson C Smith University $25,300 Image $30,400 17% 1,394 875 38.1%
40 Gardner-Webb University $26,700 Image $42,600 37% 2,215 1,105 52.7%
41 Warren Wilson College $27,200 Image $51,000 47% 589 1,280 79.36%
42 St. Andrews University $27,400 Image $44,000 38% 638 1,010 41.23%
43 Salem College $28,300 Image $48,400 42% 824 1,211 56.84%
44 Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte $28,500 Image $50,500 44% 1,892 N/A 84.14%
45 Saint Augustine's University $29,000 Image $32,400 11% 974 840 76.11%
46 Elon University $29,700 Image $51,000 42% 6,045 1,264 66.53%
47 Meredith College $30,000 Image $49,300 39% 1,682 1,115 68.91%
48 Barton College $30,500 Image $43,700 30% 887 1,045 38.91%
48 Methodist University $30,500 Image $49,400 38% 1,933 1,055 57.2%
50 Pfeiffer University $31,600 Image $45,600 31% 813 1,000 66.02%
51 Campbell University $32,400 Image $48,000 33% 4,384 1,115 80.58%
52 University of Mount Olive $33,000 Image $33,000 0% 3,207 990 49.1%
53 High Point University $39,800 Image $52,800 25% 4,467 1,164 80.66%
School data from 2016-2017
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