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2020 Best Colleges for Social Work in North Carolina

Social Work is a popular major and North Carolina is the 10th most popular state for students studying this major. 1,714 of the 55,945 Social Work diplomas earned last year were given by schools in North Carolina. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Social Work in North Carolina ranking analyzed 16 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in social work. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 colleges for Social Work students in North Carolina.

Choosing a Great Social Work School

Best Colleges for Social Work in North Carolina Your choice of social work school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list a school must excel in the following areas.

Overall Quality is a Must

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Better Early and Mid Career Salaries

A social work degree from schools on this list typically results in higher than average wages following graduation. A social work bachelors degree from a school in North Carolina helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 earn $27,862 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Social Work students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other social work students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized social work related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Social Work students in North Carolina.

Best Schools to Study Social Work in North Carolina

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Top 10 Best Social Work Colleges in North Carolina

Every student who is interested in social work needs to check out North Carolina State University. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh.

Students who graduate from the social work program earn about $31,100 in their early career salary.

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East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

It's hard to beat East Carolina University if you wish to study social work. Located in the city Greenville, ECU is a public school with a very large student population.

Social Work students from East Carolina University get a earnings boost of about $2,192 above the average income of social work majors.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a Social Work degree. UNCW is a large public school located in the midsize city of Wilmington.

After graduating, social work students generally earn an average of $29,500 in their early careers.

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Appalachian State University is a great option for individuals pursuing a Social Work degree. Located in the town Boone, Appalachian State is a public college with a large student population.

Graduates from the social work degree program at Appalachian State University earn $3,992 more than the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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UNC Charlotte is a very large public school located in the large city of Charlotte.

Students from the social work degree program at University of North Carolina at Charlotte earn $2,692 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.

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Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

Meredith is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Raleigh.More…

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Located in the large city Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Soon after graduation, social work students generally make about $28,400 in the first five years of their career.

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WCU is a large public school located in the town of Cullowhee.

Soon after graduating, social work students typically earn about $29,600 at the beginning of their careers.

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Located in the large city Durham, North Carolina Central University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Graduates of the social work program earn an average of $25,100 in the first couple years of working.

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Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

Campbell is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the fringe town of Buies Creek.More…

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Best Social Work Colleges in the Southeast Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 300 871
Florida 291 1,611
Virginia 289 974
Tennessee 266 1,246
Kentucky 257 1,307
South Carolina 254 553
Louisiana 254 550
Alabama 250 1,024
Arkansas 249 461
Mississippi 239 725
West Virginia 222 356

One of 5 majors within the Public Administration & Social Service area of study, Social Work has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 16,874
Human Services 14,962
Public Policy 5,550
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,775
Other Public Administration 957

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 Army Medicine.

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