Durham Technical Community College

DTCC is a two-year community college located in Durham, NC. DTCC has more than 7,500 students enrolled in associate degree programs and almost 14,000 in continuing education programs that prepare students for vocational careers, technical fields, or further academic study. It has a growing University Transfer program that allows the student to complete up to two years of course work for a bachelor’s degree. The wide variety of freshman- and sophomore-level courses satisfies general education requirements at senior institutions across the United States and enables students to transfer as juniors to institutions in the University of North Carolina system after acceptance at the four-year university. More than 100 DTCC full-time faculty hold master’s or PhD degrees.

Elon University

Elon University is a private university located 30 to 40 minutes northwest of Duke on 575 acres in the town of Elon, North Carolina. It has more than 5,500 undergraduates and more than 700 graduate students. Elon has almost 400 full-time faculty members, with 88 percent holding the highest degree in their field.

Guilford College

Guilford is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1837 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and located 75 minutes west of Duke in Greensboro, North Carolina. The student body includes more than 1,200 traditional undergraduates and almost 1,000 adulty students. The school offers 36 majors and boasts almost 120 full-time faculty members, more than 90 percent of whom have terminal degrees in their field.

Meredith College

Meredith College, located in the North Carolina capital of Raleigh, is one of the largest private women’s colleges in the Southeast. In addition to a strong undergraduate program for women, Meredith offers co-educational graduate programs in business, nutrition and education. Total enrollment includes more than 1,800 undergraduates in more than 70 majors, minors, and concentrations, and more than 300 graduate students. Meredith has more than 120 full-time faculty members, more than 90 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. 

North Carolina Central University

NCCU, located in the city of Durham, is one of 16 institutions in the University of North Carolina system and was the first public liberal arts institution in the United States founded for African-Americans. This comprehensive university offers almost 40 undergraduate degree programs and about as many graduate and professional programs. The student body includes more than 6,300 undergraduates and almost 1,800 graduate and professional students. The Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute, a $12 million state-of-the-art facility, promotes the interdisciplinary study of human diseases. NCCU has more than 430 full-time faculty members, almost 60 percent of whom hold a doctorate.

North Carolina State University

NC State, in Raleigh, is part of the the University of North Carolina system and is a land, sea, and space grant institution. It was founded in 1887 and has historically been considered an engineering and agriculture-focused institution. There are currrently more than 34,000 students enrolled, and more than 9,000 faculty and staff. NC State offers 106 undergraduate majors, 104 masters programs and 61 doctoral programs.