7 University of North Carolina Institutions


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a premier state university and is considered by some as offering the equivalent of an Ivy League education for a public school price. The University of North Carolina has campuses in other locations including Charlotte, Pembroke, Asheville, Wilmington and Greensboro. In Raleigh, UNC-affliated North Carolina State University is the largest of the UNC schools.

Besides those schools sporting the UNC name, there are other institutions which do not, but are part of the University of North Carolina system, 17 schools in all. The following is an overview of seven of the “other” universities.

Appalachian State University

Founded in 1899 as a teacher’s college, the Appalachian State University campus in rural Boone has 17,000 students enrolled. Besides Education, “App State” offers schools of Fine and Applied Arts, Business and Arts and Sciences. Appalachian classes, on average, have fewer than 25 students enrolled.

Appalachian State University
842 W King Street
Boone, NC 28607-4688

East Carolina University

With about 28,000 students enrolled, East Carolina University is one the largest of the UNC schools. This Greenville university was founded in 1907 as a teacher’s college, but has since added a school of medicine and programs in business, allied health, ecology, computer science and fine arts to the school. ECU athletics compete on the Division I level.

East Carolina University
East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Elizabeth City State University

Based in the city baring its name, ECSU is a historically black public university of approximately 3,000 students in northeast North Carolina. Founded in 1891 by the state to provide teachers for black children, the university has expanded to include courses in aviation science, business, math, arts & humanities and pharmacy.

Elizabeth City State University
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909-9913

Fayetteville State University

In 1867, the school now known as Fayetteville State University was formed by freed men, former slaves who started a school to train teachers. Today, the school offers bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees in addition to early college high school and distance learning programs. More than 6,000 students are currently enrolled.

Fayetteville State University
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville NC

North Carolina A&T State University

This Greensboro university was founded in 1891 as an agricultural and mechanical school for black students. Today, the school enrolls more than 10,000 students and is considered as one of the top producers of minority math, engineering, science and technology students in the nation.

North Carolina A&T State University
1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411-0001

North Carolina Central University

This Durham university was founded as the National Religious Training School in 1910, becoming a taxpayer supported institution in 1923. The school is recognized for being the first state supported liberal arts school for black people. Today, NCCU offers a variety of programs including nursing, liberal arts and behavioral and social sciences. More than 8,500 students are currently enrolled at the school.

North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville Road
Durham, NC 27707

Western Carolina University

Founded in 1889, this university was set up to educate the people living in far western rural and mountainous North Carolina. A teacher’s college early on, this university of 10,000 students offers courses in liberal arts, engineering, business, nursing, criminal justice, anthropology and more.

Western Carolina University
1 University Drive
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646

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