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128 Colleges
28,290 Yearly Graduations
$34,933 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,888 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, North Carolina is ranked #8 in the country with 28,290 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $8,733 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $14,016 a year.

About 52% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,472 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,749 Yearly Degrees
$2,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wake Technical Community College is 21,872, which includes 7,611 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 22% of students at Wake Technical Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,995 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wake Technical Community College is $27,500.

#2

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,266 Yearly Degrees
$2,544 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,509 full-time undergraduates at FTCC, and 11,534 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 54% of students at FTCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from FTCC is $21,100.

#3

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
971 Yearly Degrees
$2,319 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,316 full-time undergraduates at Guilford Technical Community College, and 10,520 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

33% of Guilford Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,498 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $22,000 during the early-career years.

#4

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Salisbury, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
932 Yearly Degrees
$2,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is 6,355, which includes 2,349 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 26.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
929 Yearly Degrees
$2,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,781 full-time undergraduates at Central Piedmont Community College, and 18,824 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 1% of students at Central Piedmont Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,982 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Central Piedmont Community College is $22,800.

#6

Wayne Community College

Goldsboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
745 Yearly Degrees
$2,524 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wayne Community College is 3,238, which includes 1,247 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 2% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $12,143 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wayne Community College is $21,100.

#7

Pitt Community College

Winterville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
725 Yearly Degrees
$1,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,450 full-time undergraduates at Pitt Community College, and 8,185 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

57% of Pitt Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,606 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 24.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,000 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
715 Yearly Degrees
$2,632 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is 6,892, which includes 2,242 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

11% of A-B Tech students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,549 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,300 during the early-career years.

#9

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
662 Yearly Degrees
$2,282 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,654 students at DCCC in total, 1,446 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

15% of DCCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,515 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DCCC is $23,500.

#10

Central Carolina Community College

Sanford, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
645 Yearly Degrees
$2,554 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,753 full-time undergraduates at Central Carolina Community College, and 5,190 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Central Carolina Community College is $21,100.

#11

Coastal Carolina Community College

Jacksonville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
632 Yearly Degrees
$2,462 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,864 students at Coastal Carolina Community College in total, 1,877 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

1% of Coastal Carolina Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,188 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Coastal Carolina Community College is $20,300.

#12

Gaston College

Dallas, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
605 Yearly Degrees
$2,704 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Gaston College is 5,362, which includes 1,430 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gaston College is $23,000.

#13

Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
594 Yearly Degrees
$2,748 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Cape Fear Community College is 8,378, which includes 3,552 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

18% of CFCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,289 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CFCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

NASCAR Technical Institute

Mooresville, North Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
576 Yearly Degrees

There are 1,121 full-time undergraduates at NASCAR Technical Institute, and 1,121 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 33 to 1.

84% of NASCAR Technical Institute students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,746 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from NASCAR Technical Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
546 Yearly Degrees
$2,640 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Edgecombe Community College is 2,012, which includes 650 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,202 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,500 during the early-career years.

#16

Wilkes Community College

Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
542 Yearly Degrees
$2,572 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,095 full-time undergraduates at Wilkes Community College, and 2,601 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 9% of students at Wilkes Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $2,415 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 29.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $23,300 during the early-career years.

#17

Johnston Community College

Smithfield, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
529 Yearly Degrees
$2,657 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,047 students at Johnston Community College in total, 1,355 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

2% of Johnston Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,463 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,300 during the early-career years.

#18

Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
525 Yearly Degrees
$2,004 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,779 students at Forsyth Tech in total, 2,931 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 69% of students at Forsyth Tech take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,090 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Forsyth Tech is $22,700.

#19

Lenoir Community College

Kinston, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
510 Yearly Degrees
$2,568 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 909 full-time undergraduates at Lenoir Community College, and 2,693 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 2% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,455 a year.

Students who graduate from Lenoir Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $21,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
430 Yearly Degrees
$7,238 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,071 undergraduates at ECU, of which 19,562 are full-time, and there are 28,718 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Approximately 66% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,407 a year. ECU has a 5.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,900 during the early-career years.

#21

Isothermal Community College

Spindale, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
420 Yearly Degrees
$1,934 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,941 students at ICC in total, 742 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 40.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from ICC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Miller-Motte College Fayetteville

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
387 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Miller-Motte College Fayetteville is 628, which includes 467 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

39% of MMC Fayetteville students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,846 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from MMC Fayetteville with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $20,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
381 Yearly Degrees
$6,905 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,387 undergraduates at UNC Charlotte, of which 21,025 are full-time, and there are 29,710 students altogether. For undergraduates at UNC Charlotte, the average graduation time is 4.6 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 66%. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Approximately 58% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,025 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UNC Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

Miller-Motte College Jacksonville

Jacksonville, North Carolina
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
357 Yearly Degrees

There are 321 full-time undergraduates at MMC Jacksonville, and 493 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Roughly 24% of students at MMC Jacksonville take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,841 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from MMC Jacksonville is $20,800.

#25

Durham Technical Community College

Durham, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
355 Yearly Degrees
$2,228 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,376 full-time undergraduates at Durham Technical Community College, and 5,434 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

8% of Durham Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,117 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Durham Technical Community College is $22,600.

Other North Carolina Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Cleveland Community College 342
27 Miller-Motte College Raleigh 327
28 Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte 324
29 Haywood Community College 320
29 Nash Community College 320
31 Richmond Community College 312
32 Robeson Community College 300
33 Miller-Motte College Wilmington 299
34 Catawba Valley Community College 298
34 Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute 298
36 Blue Ridge Community College 297
37 Beaufort County Community College 291
38 Randolph Community College 268
39 Alamance Community College 265
40 Southwestern Community College 263
41 Halifax Community College 256
42 Surry Community College 250
43 Stanly Community College 244
44 Sandhills Community College 241
45 Craven Community College 237
46 Montgomery Community College 231
47 Mitchell Community College 230
48 Health and Style Institute 226
49 Southeastern Institute - Charlotte 219
50 Vance-Granville Community College 214
51 Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia 189
52 Pamlico Community College 180
53 College of the Albemarle 179
53 Bladen Community College 179
55 Western Carolina University 171
56 Carteret Community College 161
57 Mayland Community College 155
57 Southeastern Community College 155
59 Rockingham Community College 150
59 South Piedmont Community College 150
61 Piedmont Community College 149
62 Aveda Institute - Chapel Hill 146
63 Leons Beauty School Inc 144
64 Western Piedmont Community College 135
65 Appalachian State University 127
66 Wilson Community College 118
67 University of Mount Olive 110
67 Gwinnett College 110
69 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 109
70 McDowell Technical Community College 108
71 Winston - Salem State University 103
72 Martin Community College 96
73 Brunswick Community College 90
74 North Carolina A & T State University 85
74 Sampson Community College 85
76 Paul Mitchell the School Fayetteville 76
77 Living Arts College 75
78 Paul Mitchell the School Raleigh 69
79 James Sprunt Community College 66
80 College of Wilmington 63
81 Winston Salem Barber School 60
82 Center for Massage 58
83 Empire Beauty School-Pineville 57
84 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 55
85 Empire Beauty School-Concord 46
86 Roanoke-Chowan Community College 45
87 Carolinas College of Health Sciences 44
87 Tri-County Community College 44
89 Methodist University 40
90 Empire Beauty School-West Greensboro 39
91 Campbell University 36
92 Sherrill’s University of Barber & Cosmetology 29
93 Fayetteville State University 27
94 North Carolina State University 25
95 Empire Beauty School-Winston-Salem 24
96 Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design 23
96 No Grease Barber School 23
98 Elizabeth City State University 21
99 Empire Beauty School-Charlotte 20
99 Mitchell’s Academy - Raleigh 20
101 Gardner - Webb University 19
101 Carolina College of Hair Design 19
101 Beyond Measure Barbering Institute 19
104 Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology 17
105 Greensboro College 16
106 South University, High Point 15
106 Queens University of Charlotte 15
108 Pfeiffer University 13
109 North Carolina Central University 11
109 Bull City Durham Beauty and Barber College 11
111 Elevate Salon Institute - Durham 8
111 Catawba College 8
113 Lenoir - Rhyne University 7
113 Wingate University 7
115 University of North Carolina at Wilmington 6
116 Livingstone College 5
116 Mars Hill University 5
116 Johnson C Smith University 5
119 Brevard College 4
120 Mitchell’s Academy - Wilson 3
120 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 3
122 Anson College of Cosmetology 2
122 Lees - McRae College 2
124 Barton College 1
125 Elon University 0
125 Duke University 0
125 Saint Augustine’s University 0
125 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Charlotte 0

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