The 21 Best Private Colleges to Work for in NC

by Ryan Morris
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As anyone in the state will gladly tell you, NC has some of the best colleges in the nation, not to mention some of the most noteworthy. From the sprawling, stately UNC Chapel Hill and its history of academic excellence to the scrunched-up Appalachian State, which hosts a yearly Appalachian Energy Summit attended by industry experts, North Carolina colleges support a state-wide community of engaged learners and impressive researchers.

But with so many excellent schools to be found in the state, the question arises: which place is the best for college employees to work for?

We were curious — so, using company scores from websites that aggregate reviews like GlassDoor and Indeed as a baseline, we created our own list of some of the best colleges to work for in North Carolina. For this one, we decided to focus on Private Colleges, so if you went to a public university, don’t be surprised to find your alma mater is nowhere to be seen here.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a quick top ten.

  1. Davidson College
  2. Meredith College
  3. Elon University
  4. Gardner-Webb University
  5. Duke University
  6. Methodist University
  7. Wingate University
  8. Warren Wilson College
  9. Wake Forest University
  10. Campbell University

Does your college make the top 21? Read on to the full list to find out.

1. Davidson College

Location: Davidson, NC
College Description: Located near Lake Norman just north of Charlotte, NC, Davidson College is a liberal arts school that offers majors in both the humanities as well as in pre-professional majors such as business, law, and medicine. Employees love the intelligent and involved co-workers they have the opportunity to work with.

2. Meredith College

Location: Raleigh, NC
College Description: Meredith College is a private women’s college located in Raleigh with a strong focus on research and community-based learning. Employees enjoy the location of the college itself as well as the college’s excellent culture.

3. Elon University

Location: Elon, NC
College Description: Elon University is a liberal arts and sciences college with strong study abroad and community service initiatives, as well as an overall climate of research and academic excellence. Former employees noted the ability to develop relationships with figures in the education field as being among the great benefits to working at Elon, as well as (for the students) the ability to finish schoolwork during their downtime.

4. Gardner-Webb University

Location: Boiling Springs, NC
College Description: A Christian private school located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gardner-Webb is focused on advancing the leadership and service skills of its student body. Employees appreciate the kindness of their co-workers and the strong religious environment that the college provides.

5. Duke University

Location: Durham, NC
College Description: Perhaps the best-known college on this list, Duke University is a prestigious private university based in Durham whose alumni include famous actors, talk show hosts, and even presidents. Duke employees enjoy the supportive environment and the way that Duke, in general, treats its workers.

6. Methodist University

Location: Fayetteville, NC
College Description: Methodist University is a private liberal arts college that concentrates on helping its students find their place in either a satisfying career or in a graduate studies program. Employees love the excellent co-workers that the university hires to build out its team.

7. Wingate University

Location: Wingate, Charlotte, and Hendersonville NC
College Description: Wingate University is a private college spread across three separate campuses that offers over 30 undergraduate majors as well as pre-professional programs. Employees note the opportunities for promotion as well as the excellent culture as being some of the great reasons to work for Wingate.

8. Warren Wilson College

Location: Swannanoa, NC
College Description: A liberal arts college located in Swannanoa, Warren Wilson College’s main claim to fame is its integrated work and service programs designed to give students applicable soft skills for their future careers. Employees mention the friendliness of the staff and the attention that management provides to teaching its employees as being among the excellent reasons to work here.

9. Wake Forest University

Location: Winston-Salem, NC
College Description: Wake Forest University is a private research university focusing on liberal arts, and includes an “Open Curriculum” option wherein groups of students can (with faculty approval) design their own course of study. Employees note the supportive environment and flexible hours as being particularly good reasons to work here.

10. Campbell University

Location: Buies Creek, NC
College Description: A private liberal arts school with a focus on theory and vocational education, or education focused on learning a craft or trade. Student employees at Campbell enjoy the way that they’re able to continue this vocational education in their work for the school, applying theoretical knowledge to real work scenarios.

11. N.C. Wesleyan College

Location: Rocky Mount, NC
College Description: NC Wesleyan is a private liberal arts college located in Rocky Mount with a strong focus on helping their students plan their professional careers, including supplemental instruction and academic support programs. Employees noted the closeness of the staff and their dedication to meeting the unique needs of the NC Wesleyan student body as being some of the best reasons to work for the school.

12. Mars Hill University

Location: Mars Hill, NC
College Description: Mars Hill is a private liberal arts college located in the Appalachian Mountains of western NC. The school has an emphasis on service and community engagement, and former employees love the school’s dedicated and supportive staff as well as its beautiful campus.

13. Barton College

Location: Wilson, NC
College Description: Another four-year liberal arts college, Barton College distinguishes itself through its focus on leadership and academic advancement. Employees have noted the community atmosphere and the feeling that they were making a measurable impact on students as being among the reasons that they enjoyed working for Barton College.

14. Greensboro College

Location: Greensboro, NC
College Description: A private independent liberal arts school, Greensboro College began life as a women’s college until becoming coeducational during the late 1950s. Employees enjoy the open and energetic staff as well as the school’s dedication to assisting at-risk students like first-generation college students or underachievers.

15. High Point University

Location: High Point, NC
College Description: High Point University is a private liberal arts college with an award-winning focus on supporting innovation, including establishing a position at the college called the Innovator in Residence (currently held by Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak). Former employees mentioned the strong emphasis toward promoting customer satisfaction as being one of the things they liked most about working for High Point.

16. Louisburg College

Location: Louisburg, NC
College Description: The only 2-year residential college in NC, Louisburg College is a private Methodist school devoted to helping students find not only their career but their calling in life. Employees note their excellent community of co-workers and the attentiveness of their upper management as being some of the best reasons to work for Louisburg.

17. Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Location: Concord, NC
College Description: Founded during WWII to help fill the need for new nurses, Cabarrus College is a private school focused on educating those interested in medical or surgical fields. Employees of Cabarrus College mention the excellent staff support and open, engaged co-workers as being some of the excellent reasons to work here.

18. Guilford College

Location: Greensboro, NC
College Description: Guilford College is a private school founded by Quakers, whose teachings still have a large effect on the progressive values held by the school today. Student employees appreciate the flexible scheduling options and the ability to practice things they’ve learned in class in an industry context.

19. Brevard College

Location: Brevard, NC
College Description: A private liberal arts school located in Western NC, Brevard College is known for its experiential learning programs and for its beautiful campus. Employees mention the location of the campus and the closeness of the faculty as being some of the best reasons to work for Brevard.

20. St. Andrews University

Location: Laurinburg, NC
College Description: St. Andrews is a private liberal arts school located in Laurinburg which was, until recently, named St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Employees love the dedication of the faculty and staff as well as the excellent graduates produced by the school’s different academic departments.

21. Queens University of Charlotte

Location: Charlotte, NC
College Description: A private co-ed university located in Charlotte, Queens University is known for its unique approach to its core curriculum which consists of students joining learning communities and working together to complete projects. Employees like the family atmosphere created by the staff as well as their positive attitude.

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