Social Sciences

2021 Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in North Carolina

19 Colleges
4,716 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,159 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Social Sciences School for You

Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in North CarolinaOut of the majors we analyze each year, social sciences was ranked 3rd in North Carolina. In fact, 4,716 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that 3.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

For this year's Best Value Colleges for Social Sciences in North Carolina ranking, we looked at 19 colleges that offer a bachelor's in social sciences. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those social sciences schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Value Social Sciences Schools ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Value Social Sciences Schools in North Carolina

The following schools top our list of the Best Social Sciences Colleges for the Money.

Top 10 Best Value Social Sciences Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public school with a very large student population. UNC Chapel Hill also made our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in North Carolina list, coming in at #2.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at UNC Chapel Hill to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,820. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNC Chapel Hill is $109,694. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Appalachian State University. Appalachian State is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Boone. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Appalachian State, the school also landed the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in North Carolina ranking.

The average student at Appalachian State graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $22,137. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State is $95,410. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Our rankings recognize University of North Carolina at Charlotte as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Charlotte, UNC Charlotte is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, UNC Charlotte has also earned the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in North Carolina ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UNC Charlotte is 4.5 years, and it costs about $27,314 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNC Charlotte be around $123,732. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Western Carolina University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the distant town of Cullowhee, WCU is a public school with a large student population.

It takes the average student at WCU about 4.4 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $15,387. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WCU be around $67,549. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. UNC Greensboro is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Greensboro.

At UNC Greensboro, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $22,093. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from UNC Greensboro is $98,756. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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North Carolina State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value social sciences schools. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best value list, NC State has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in North Carolina ranking.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at NC State is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $28,493. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from NC State is about $124,799. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. UNCW is a large public school located in the midsize city of Wilmington. UNCW also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in North Carolina rankings.

The average student at UNCW graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,031. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNCW is about $124,833. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke comes in at #8 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Pembroke, UNCP is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

At UNCP, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and it costs about $13,234 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNCP is $60,479. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#9

Winston - Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

Our rankings recognize Winston - Salem State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. WSSU is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at WSSU to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $19,534. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WSSU be around $89,856. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to East Carolina University. ECU is a very large public school located in the city of Greenville. ECU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Social Sciences in North Carolina list.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at ECU is 4.4 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,107. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from ECU is $115,915. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Best Social Sciences Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best Social Sciences Colleges in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Mississippi 516
Florida 7,385
Virginia 5,719
Georgia 3,510
Alabama 1,172
Tennessee 2,162
West Virginia 852
South Carolina 1,701
Louisiana 1,271
Kentucky 1,238
Arkansas 838

Social Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 1,737
Economics 1,132
Sociology 977
Anthropology 368
Criminology 184

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 3,623
Communication & Journalism 3,586
Education 2,587
History 890
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 756

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 19 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to AndrГ© KГјnzelmann.

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