College is expensive, but it’s also an investment in your future. Like any investment, you want to do your research and make the right decision for yourself. But how do you know if you’re making the right college decision? There are a lot of factors to consider. You want to make sure they have a degree that interests you. Location is another factor to consider. Some people want a large school and all that it brings while others want a smaller feel. You also want to make sure you feel at home and happy wherever you choose. But another, and arguably one of the most important things to consider, is cost and the return on your investment. So what are the best value colleges in North Carolina?

SmartAsset recently released its eighth annual Best Value Colleges study. The analysis compared the that’s higher education institutions across five metrics. Metrics included were scholarships, starting salary, tuition, living costs, and retention rate. Using these metrics they determined what they believe are the ‘Best Value Colleges’ in North Carolina.

The number one on this list is the same as in years past. But I have to say it makes me scratch my head on the “value” part. One local school also made the list coming in at number 7. Do you agree with these results? Check out the top-performing schools in North Carolina below.

1o Best Value Colleges In North Carolina

  • 10. Winston-Salem State University

    City: Winston-Salem

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $8,183

    Average Starting Salary: $50,500

    College Tuition: $5,904

    Student Living Costs: $14,230

    Student Retention Rate: 77%

    College Education Value Index: 42.05

     

  • 9. Western Carolina University

    City: Cullowhee, NC

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $5,641

    Average Starting Salary: $48,700

    College Tuition: $3,926

    Student Living Costs: $13,779

    Student Retention Rate: 81%

    College Education Value Index: 42.07

  • 8. East Carolina University

    City: Greenville, NC

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $7,722

    Average Starting Salary: $52,600

    College Tuition: $7,188

    Student Living Costs: $14,484

    Student Retention Rate: 83%

    College Education Value Index: 45.77

  • 7. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    City: Charlotte

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $7,347

    Average Starting Salary: $56,800

    College Tuition: $6,853

    Student Living Costs: $16,841

    Student Retention Rate: 85%

    College Education Value Index: 46.08

  • 6. Wake Forest University

    City: Winston Salem, NC

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $37,880

    Average Starting Salary: $65,300

    College Tuition: $53,322

    Student Living Costs: $18,316

    Student Retention Rate: 95%

    College Education Value Index: 47.21

  • 5. Appalachian State University

    City: Boone, NC

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $8,130

    Average Starting Salary: $51,300

    College Tuition: $7,364

    Student Living Costs: $11,830

    Student Retention Rate: 86%

    College Education Value Index: 52.83

  • 4. North Carolina A & T University

    City: Greensboro, NC

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $8,760

    Average Starting Salary: $57,600

    College Tuition: $6,612

    Student Living Costs: $11,524

    Student Retention Rate: 80%

    College Education Value Index: 61.18

  • 3. NC State University

    City: Raleigh, NC

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $10,175

    Average Starting Salary: $62,200

    College Tuition: $9,101

    Student Living Costs: $14,876

    Student Retention Rate: 94%

    College Education Value Index: 63.81

  • 2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    City: Chapel Hill, NC

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $15,936

    Average Starting Salary: $60,400

    College Tuition: $8,987

    Student Living Costs: $14,824

    Student Retention Rate: 95%

    College Education Value Index: 66.10

  • 1. Duke University

    City: Durham, NC

    Avg. Scholarship and Grants: $48,351

    Average Starting Salary: $76,800

    College Tuition: $55,695

    Student Living Costs: $18,644

    Student Retention Rate: 97%

    College Education Value Index: 69.78

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