These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In North Carolina For 2019

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. Wake Forest University
  3. Wingate University
  4. Duke University
  5. Johnson C Smith University
  6. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  7. Appalachian State University
  8. North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  9. Belmont Abbey College
  10. East Carolina University

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.’

1. Elon University

Elon University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Elon
Employed: 94.03%

2. Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Winston-Salem
Employed: 92.89%

3. Wingate University

Wingate University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Wingate
Employed: 92.54%

4. Duke University

Duke University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Durham
Employed: 92.47%

5. Johnson C Smith University

Johnson C Smith University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Charlotte
Employed: 92.46%

6. Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Hickory
Employed: 92.35%

7. Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Boone
Employed: 91.65%

8. North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Raleigh
Employed: 91.56%

9. Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Belmont
Employed: 91.48%

10. East Carolina University

East Carolina University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Greenville
Employed: 90.61%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In North Carolina

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only North Carolina, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in North Carolina by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In North Carolina

Rank College Employed
1 Elon University 94.03%
2 Wake Forest University 92.89%
3 Wingate University 92.54%
4 Duke University 92.47%
5 Johnson C Smith University 92.46%
6 Lenoir-Rhyne University 92.35%
7 Appalachian State University 91.65%
8 North Carolina State University at Raleigh 91.56%
9 Belmont Abbey College 91.48%
10 East Carolina University 90.61%
11 Catawba College 90.35%
12 North Carolina A & T State University 90.33%
13 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 90.19%
14 North Carolina Central University 90.04%
15 Barton College 90.03%
16 University of North Carolina Wilmington 89.9%
17 Elizabeth City State University 89.84%
18 University of North Carolina at Greensboro 89.72%
19 Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte 89.68%
20 Campbell University 89.61%
21 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 89.56%
22 Winston-Salem State University 89.37%
23 Queens University of Charlotte 88.93%
24 High Point University 88.92%
25 Greensboro College 88.7%
26 North Carolina Wesleyan College 88.59%
27 Lees-McRae College 88.5%
28 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 88.38%
29 Montreat College 88.33%
30 Guilford College 87.96%
31 University of North Carolina at Asheville 87.67%
32 University of Mount Olive 87.62%
33 Brevard College 87.59%
34 University of North Carolina School of the Arts 87.54%
35 Western Carolina University 87.48%
36 St Andrews University 87.2%
37 Gardner-Webb University 87.13%
38 Methodist University 87.11%
39 Pfeiffer University 86.78%
40 Chowan University 86.23%
41 Fayetteville State University 86.05%
42 Mars Hill University 85.74%
43 Salem College 85.37%
44 Meredith College 85.36%
45 Saint Augustine’s University 85.34%
46 Livingstone College 85.24%
47 Shaw University 84.51%
48 William Peace University 82.8%
49 Warren Wilson College 82.52%
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