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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:
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.
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.’
|2||Johnson C Smith University||93.06%|
|3||Wake Forest University||92.73%|
|5||North Carolina State University at Raleigh||91.92%|
|9||North Carolina A & T State University||91.62%|
|11||Appalachian State University||91.55%|
|12||East Carolina University||91.16%|
|14||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||90.86%|
|16||North Carolina Central University||90.55%|
|17||Belmont Abbey College||90.53%|
|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%|
|27||University of North Carolina School of the Arts||89.51%|
|30||Elizabeth City State University||89.1%|
|31||High Point University||88.95%|
|33||University of North Carolina at Asheville||88.86%|
|35||St. Andrews University||88.28%|
|37||Western Carolina University||87.93%|
|38||University of Mount Olive||87.59%|
|39||Mars Hill University||87.57%|
|41||William Peace University||87.24%|
|42||Fayetteville State University||87.2%|
|43||University of North Carolina at Pembroke||86.84%|
|45||Saint Augustine’s University||86.56%|
|47||Warren Wilson College||85.81%|
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