10 Best Colleges For Jobs In North Carolina For 2019

by Chris Kolmar
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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.

Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.

Compared to a lot of other states, North Carolina has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.

All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in NC, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in North Carolina.

The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in North Carolina:

  1. Elon University
  2. Johnson C Smith University
  3. Wake Forest University
  4. Duke University
  5. North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  6. Greensboro College
  7. Lees-McRae College
  8. Wingate University
  9. North Carolina A & T State University
  10. Montreat College

If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of North Carolina has to offer.

How We Determined The Best Schools In North Carolina For Jobs

Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.

We limited the analysis to the 49 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in North Carolina that offer at least a bachelors degree.

Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.

The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Elon University, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in North Carolina.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In North Carolina

Rank College Employed
1 Elon University 94.54%
2 Johnson C Smith University 93.06%
3 Wake Forest University 92.73%
4 Duke University 92.72%
5 North Carolina State University at Raleigh 91.92%
6 Greensboro College 91.76%
7 Lees-McRae College 91.63%
8 Wingate University 91.63%
9 North Carolina A & T State University 91.62%
10 Montreat College 91.57%
11 Appalachian State University 91.55%
12 East Carolina University 91.16%
13 Barton College 91.05%
14 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 90.86%
15 Catawba College 90.67%
16 North Carolina Central University 90.55%
17 Belmont Abbey College 90.53%
18 Lenoir-Rhyne University 90.48%
19 North Carolina Wesleyan College 90.35%
20 Queens University of Charlotte 90.05%
21 Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte 90.05%
22 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 89.88%
23 Winston-Salem State University 89.83%
24 University of North Carolina Wilmington 89.73%
25 University of North Carolina at Greensboro 89.59%
26 Brevard College 89.53%
27 University of North Carolina School of the Arts 89.51%
28 Methodist University 89.3%
29 Campbell University 89.12%
30 Elizabeth City State University 89.1%
31 High Point University 88.95%
32 Pfeiffer University 88.91%
33 University of North Carolina at Asheville 88.86%
34 Gardner-Webb University 88.3%
35 St. Andrews University 88.28%
36 Chowan University 88.06%
37 Western Carolina University 87.93%
38 University of Mount Olive 87.59%
39 Mars Hill University 87.57%
40 Livingstone College 87.57%
41 William Peace University 87.24%
42 Fayetteville State University 87.2%
43 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 86.84%
44 Guilford College 86.72%
45 Saint Augustine’s University 86.56%
46 Shaw University 86.29%
47 Warren Wilson College 85.81%
48 Meredith College 85.79%
49 Salem College 84.21%
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