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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina

124 Colleges
$43,687 Avg Salary*
47% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Many college students wish to attend a diverse and inclusive institution. This is why College Factual developed its rankings for the Most Diverse Schools in North Carolina.

We analyzed 124 colleges and universities across North Carolina to determine which were the most diverse. The four factors we consider to determine overall diversity includes: race and ethnicity of the students, location of origin, age, and male to female ratio.

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Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina

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#1

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in North Carolina. Durham, North Carolina is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,303 students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 48% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $84,400 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Davidson College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina list. Located in Davidson, North Carolina, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 560 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Davidson make an average of $58,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#3

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The excellent diversity at Wake Forest University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in North Carolina. Winston-Salem, North Carolina is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,431 students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 11.41% of the student body. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University make an average of $63,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#4

St. Andrews University

Laurinburg, North Carolina

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend St. Andrews University. The school came in at #4 in North Carolina on this year’s diversity ranking. St. Andrews University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Laurinburg, North Carolina that handed out 93 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

10.27% of the students come from out of the country. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $37,200 during the early years of their career.

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#5

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The school came in at #5 in North Carolina on this year’s diversity ranking. University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a small public school located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that handed out 196 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $35,500 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina

Campbell University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking. Located in Buies Creek, North Carolina, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school awarded 1,006 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 49% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. During the early years of their career, graduates from Campbell make an average of $45,900 a year.

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#7

Methodist University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Methodist University ranked #7 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina list. Located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 383 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 57% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Methodist is $39,300 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Guilford College

Greensboro, North Carolina

Guilford College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking. Guilford is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Greensboro, North Carolina. It awarded 349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 64% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,400 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, North Carolina

Belmont Abbey College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Belmont, North Carolina, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 306 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $38,200 during the early years of their career.

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#10

High Point University

High Point, North Carolina

Coming in at #10 for 2021 overall diversity in North Carolina is High Point. High Point is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in High Point, North Carolina. It awarded 1,103 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $39,000 during the early years of their career.

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#11

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Charlotte did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #11. University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a large public school located in Charlotte, North Carolina that handed out 5,974 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 60% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from UNC Charlotte make an average of $44,000 a year.

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#12

William Peace University

Raleigh, North Carolina

If you crave a diverse college experience, Peace, coming in at #12 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Raleigh, North Carolina, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 213 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Peace make an average of $36,000 a year.

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#13

Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

Coming in at #13 for 2021 overall diversity in North Carolina is Elon. Located in Elon, North Carolina, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school awarded 1,666 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Elon make an average of $51,900 a year.

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#14

Montreat College

Montreat, North Carolina

Montreat College ranked #14 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina list. Montreat, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 121 students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 52% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Montreat College make an average of $37,000 a year.

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#15

Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Grace College of Divinity landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking. Grace College of Divinity is a small private not-for-profit school located in Fayetteville, North Carolina that handed out 6 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 30% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity.

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#16

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking. This large , public school is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and it awarded 6,076 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill go into careers with an average salary of $55,600.

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#17

Piedmont International University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

If you crave a diverse college experience, Piedmont International University, coming in at #17 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Piedmont International University is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It awarded 61 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 28% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score.

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#18

Brevard College

Brevard, North Carolina

Coming in at #18 for 2021 overall diversity in North Carolina is Brevard College. Brevard College is located in Brevard, North Carolina and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 116 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $31,600 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Chowan University

Murfreesboro, North Carolina

Chowan University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking. Chowan University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Murfreesboro, North Carolina that handed out 263 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Chowan University make an average of $34,300 a year.

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#20

Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Fayetteville Technical Community College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking, coming in at #20. FTCC is a fairly large public school located in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from FTCC is $26,000 during the early years of their career.

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#21

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking. Raleigh, North Carolina is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,953 students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from NC State go into careers with an average salary of $52,500.

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#22

Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

With a ranking of #22, Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina list. Charlotte, North Carolina is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 244 students in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from JWU Charlotte is $38,800 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Greensboro College

Greensboro, North Carolina

If you crave a diverse college experience, Greensboro College, coming in at #23 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Greensboro, North Carolina, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 148 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 62% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,900 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Catawba College

Salisbury, North Carolina

Catawba College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina ranking. Located in Salisbury, North Carolina, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 300 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Catawba make an average of $39,400 a year.

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#25

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

Queens University of Charlotte ranked #25 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in North Carolina list. Queens is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 400 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 48% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Queens is $42,200 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

  • 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 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).

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