2018 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina

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The 18 colleges on this list, ranked for the affordability and strong academics, are the best valued online schools in North Carolina. Ranked #1, Western Carolina University is the most affordable option on this list. For $5,670 each year, Western Carolina University offers programs such as a BS in Criminal Justice, a BS in Nursing, and a BS in Emergency Medical Care. North Carolina State University, ranked #14, has the strongest academic strength score at 76%, providing online degrees such as Bachelor of Arts in Leadership in the Public Sector - Military and a Bachelor of Arts: Leadership in the Public Sector.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Academic Strength
#1 #1 Western Carolina University Annual Tuition $5,670 Academic Strength 63%
#2 #2 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Annual Tuition $6,684 Academic Strength 56%
#3 #3 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Annual Tuition $15,006 Academic Strength 73%
#4 #4 Fayetteville State University Annual Tuition $7,556 Academic Strength 52%
#5 #5 William Peace University Annual Tuition $9,750 Academic Strength 54%
#6 #6 Montreat College Annual Tuition $12,640 Academic Strength 60%
#7 #7 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Annual Tuition $12,674 Academic Strength 58%
#8 #8 Pfeiffer University Annual Tuition $13,500 Academic Strength 58%
#9 #9 Gardner Webb University Annual Tuition $14,305 Academic Strength 60%
#10 #10 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annual Tuition $18,349 Academic Strength 67%
#11 #11 Appalachian State University Annual Tuition $19,948 Academic Strength 71%
#12 #12 University of Mount Olive Annual Tuition $14,080 Academic Strength 57%
#13 #13 Winston-Salem State University Annual Tuition $13,325 Academic Strength 53%
#14 #14 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $23,002 Academic Strength 76%
#15 #15 North Carolina A&T State University Annual Tuition $16,660 Academic Strength 56%
#16 #16 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $21,009 Academic Strength 65%
#17 #17 North Carolina Central University Annual Tuition $16,657 Academic Strength 54%
#18 #18 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Annual Tuition $20,992 Academic Strength 63%
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2018 Online Colleges in North Carolina Ranking Details

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 40%
  • Academic Strength: 63%
  • Locations: Cullowhee

Online Bachelor's Degrees (11)

Online Master's Degrees (15)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,684
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Academic Strength: 56%
  • Locations: Pembroke

Online Bachelor's Degrees (22)

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,006
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Academic Strength: 73%
  • Locations: Wilmington
  • Annual Tuition: $12,640
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Academic Strength: 60%
  • Locations: Montreat
  • Annual Tuition: $12,674
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Academic Strength: 58%
  • Locations: Concord

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 47%
  • Academic Strength: 58%
  • Locations: Misenheimer

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Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,305
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Academic Strength: 60%
  • Locations: Boiling Springs

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  • Annual Tuition: $18,349
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Academic Strength: 67%
  • Locations: Charlotte

Online Bachelor's Degrees (5)

Online Master's Degrees (14)

Online Certificate Programs (17)

  • Annual Tuition: $19,948
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Academic Strength: 71%
  • Locations: Boone

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (20)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $23,002
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Academic Strength: 76%
  • Locations: Raleigh

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,660
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Academic Strength: 56%
  • Locations: Greensboro

Online Bachelor's Degrees (15)

Online Master's Degrees (9)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $21,009
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • Locations: Greenville

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,657
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Academic Strength: 54%
  • Locations: Durham

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Certificate Programs (7)

  • Annual Tuition: $20,992
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Academic Strength: 63%
  • Locations: Greensboro

Online Bachelor's Degrees (8)

Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (15)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in North Carolina (71)

North Carolina is home to a variety of colleges offering online degree programs. Students at all degree levels can find online options at schools on this list, which includes community colleges, private for-profit schools, private non-profits, and public research universities. The University of North Carolina offers online degrees through its campuses in Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greensboro, Pembroke, and Wilmington. Pfeiffer University, located in Misenheimer, offers online bachelor's and master's degrees in business, including dual master's programs such as an MBA/MSL, an MHA/MBA, and an MHA/MSL.

At a Glance:

  • Of the 70 online schools in North Carolina, 46 offer affordable tuitions under $15,000 per year.
  • The country's first public university was the University of North Carolina.
  • In 2016, over 1,000 students were enrolled in online certificates and degrees at the University of North Carolina.

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