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128 Colleges
28,102 Yearly Graduations
$38,250 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,070 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In 2021, 28,102 students received a trade school degree from a college in North Carolina, making it rank #8 in terms of graduations. North Carolina colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $9,562 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $14,718 per year.

An estimated 51% of college students in North Carolina take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,767 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,913 Yearly Degrees
$2,768 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 21,760 students at Wake Technical Community College in total, 6,944 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

58% of Wake Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,406 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Wake Technical Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,084 Yearly Degrees
$2,544 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Fayetteville Technical Community College is 10,932, which includes 3,975 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 73% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,190 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from FTCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,025 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,069 Yearly Degrees
$2,289 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,821 students at Guilford Technical Community College in total, 4,146 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

27% of Guilford Technical Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,041 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Guilford Technical Community College is $25,923.

#4

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
1,019 Yearly Degrees
$2,792 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Central Piedmont Community College is 16,668, which includes 6,367 full-time undergraduates. 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 average amount of student loans is $5,172 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,959 during the early-career years.

#5

Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
941 Yearly Degrees
$2,152 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Forsyth Technical Community College is 7,587, which includes 2,712 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 22% of students at Forsyth Tech take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,650 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Forsyth Tech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,367 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Pitt Community College

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

There are 3,031 full-time undergraduates at Pitt Community College, and 7,688 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 20% of students at Pitt Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,869 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,911 during the early-career years.

#7

Cape Fear Community College

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

There are 8,680 students at CFCC in total, 3,054 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 12% of students at CFCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,037 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CFCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,816 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Gaston College

Dallas, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
723 Yearly Degrees
$2,862 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,345 students at Gaston College in total, 1,230 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gaston College is $27,347.

#9

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
716 Yearly Degrees
$7,188 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 24,175 undergraduates at UNC Charlotte, of which 21,104 are full-time, and there are 30,146 students altogether. For undergraduates at UNC Charlotte, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,602 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.4% 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 $42,249 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Coastal Carolina Community College

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

There are 1,612 full-time undergraduates at Coastal Carolina Community College, and 3,571 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

The student loan default rate of 10.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Coastal Carolina Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,155 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
624 Yearly Degrees
$2,226 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Davidson County Community College is 3,765, which includes 1,537 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at DCCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,341 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DCCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,574 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Salisbury, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
619 Yearly Degrees
$2,626 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,143 full-time undergraduates at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and 7,109 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 1% of students at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,703 a year. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has a 8.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College is $26,801.

#13

Wilkes Community College

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

There are 2,435 students at Wilkes Community College in total, 938 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Roughly 3% of students at Wilkes Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $3,736 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wilkes Community College is $26,922.

#14

Alamance Community College

Graham, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
581 Yearly Degrees
$2,310 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,352 full-time undergraduates at ACC, and 4,037 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 ACC is $27,410.

#15

Wayne Community College

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

There are 977 full-time undergraduates at Wayne Community College, and 2,701 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 1% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,250 a year. Wayne Community College has a 4.7% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Wayne Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,104 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#16

Catawba Valley Community College

Hickory, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
538 Yearly Degrees
$2,367 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,328 students at CVCC in total, 1,318 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 3% of students at CVCC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,145 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CVCC is $28,155.

#17

Johnston Community College

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

There are 4,182 students at Johnston Community College in total, 1,464 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Approximately 1% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,366 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Johnston Community College is $28,677.

#18

East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
510 Yearly Degrees
$7,297 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 23,056 undergraduates at ECU, of which 18,886 are full-time, and there are 28,798 students altogether. It takes the average ECU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $7,504 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from ECU is $41,603.

#19

Lenoir Community College

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

There are 718 full-time undergraduates at Lenoir Community College, and 2,361 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

1% of Lenoir Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $1,247 a year.

Students who graduate from Lenoir Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,894 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

NASCAR Technical Institute

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

The total student population at NASCAR Technical Institute is 1,204, which includes 1,204 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 36 to 1.

Roughly 82% of students at NASCAR Technical Institute take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,594 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from NASCAR Technical Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,369 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Isothermal Community College

Spindale, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
482 Yearly Degrees
$1,994 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Isothermal Community College is 2,042, which includes 716 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,841 during the early-career years.

#22

Randolph Community College

Asheboro, North Carolina
Public Public vs. Private
445 Yearly Degrees
$2,386 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Randolph Community College is 2,548, which includes 692 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

1% of Randolph Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $7,296 a year.

Students who graduate from Randolph Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,827 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
439 Yearly Degrees
$2,537 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute is 3,845, which includes 1,442 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 2% of students at CCCTI take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $9,216 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from CCCTI with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,393 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

There are 1,916 full-time undergraduates at A-B Tech, and 6,601 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,102 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from A-B Tech is $29,687.

#25

Durham Technical Community College

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

The total student population at Durham Technical Community College is 4,672, which includes 866 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at Durham Technical Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,661 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% 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 $27,582.

Other North Carolina Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Central Carolina Community College 372
27 Cleveland Community College 350
28 Nash Community College 323
28 Miller-Motte College Wilmington 323
30 Southwestern Community College 312
31 Health and Style Institute 306
32 Western Carolina University 294
33 Stanly Community College 280
34 Sandhills Community College 274
35 Richmond Community College 257
36 Southeastern College - Charlotte 247
37 Carteret Community College 245
38 Craven Community College 221
39 Surry Community College 213
40 Edgecombe Community College 211
41 Miller-Motte College Fayetteville 207
42 Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte 206
43 Rockingham Community College 205
44 Bladen Community College 203
45 Beaufort County Community College 189
46 Vance-Granville Community College 182
47 Aveda Institute - Chapel Hill 181
48 College of the Albemarle 180
49 Blue Ridge Community College 172
50 Haywood Community College 170
51 Miller-Motte College Jacksonville 165
52 Pamlico Community College 164
53 Paul Mitchell the School Gastonia 163
54 Montgomery Community College 153
55 Miller-Motte College Raleigh 151
56 Mayland Community College 150
57 Mitchell Community College 146
58 Robeson Community College 143
58 Martin Community College 143
60 Southeastern Community College 136
61 Appalachian State University 132
62 Winston - Salem State University 130
63 Halifax Community College 129
63 Leons Beauty School Inc 129
65 Western Piedmont Community College 128
66 Sampson Community College 122
67 Piedmont Community College 120
68 South Piedmont Community College 111
69 Wilson Community College 109
70 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 103
71 University of Mount Olive 100
72 Gwinnett College 92
73 Paul Mitchell the School Raleigh 89
74 McDowell Technical Community College 87
75 Elevate Salon Institute - Durham 85
76 Paul Mitchell the School Fayetteville 73
77 James Sprunt Community College 56
78 Winston Salem Barber School 52
79 College of Wilmington 51
80 Carolinas College of Health Sciences 49
81 Roanoke-Chowan Community College 47
81 Tri-County Community College 47
83 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences 45
83 Brunswick Community College 45
85 Center for Massage 44
86 Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design 42
87 North Carolina A & T State University 40
88 Empire Beauty School-West Greensboro 38
89 Fayetteville State University 37
89 Living Arts College 37
89 North Carolina State University 37
92 Empire Beauty School-Concord 32
93 Empire Beauty School-Charlotte 29
93 Empire Beauty School-Pineville 29
95 Methodist University 27
96 Elizabeth City State University 23
96 Campbell University 23
98 Queens University of Charlotte 21
98 Pinnacle Institute of Cosmetology 21
100 Empire Beauty School-Winston-Salem 20
101 Carolina College of Hair Design 19
102 Gardner - Webb University 16
103 Mars Hill University 15
103 Aviation Institute of Maintenance - Charlotte 15
105 No Grease Barber School 13
106 Beyond Measure Barbering Institute 12
107 Mitchell’s Academy - Raleigh 8
107 University of North Carolina at Wilmington 8
107 Brevard College 8
107 Greensboro College 8
107 Mitchell’s Academy - Wilson 8
112 Lenoir - Rhyne University 7
112 Johnson C Smith University 7
114 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 6
114 Bull City Durham Beauty and Barber College 6
116 Wingate University 5
116 Pfeiffer University 5
116 Barton College 5
119 Lees - McRae College 4
119 Anson College of Cosmetology 4
121 Livingstone College 3
122 North Carolina Wesleyan College 2
123 Saint Augustine’s University 1
124 Catawba College 0
124 Elon University 0
124 Duke University 0
124 North Carolina Central University 0
124 South University, High Point 0

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