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Schools Praised for Offering Highest Quality, Most Affordable Online Education for 2016

A list of the Best Online Colleges in North Carolina for 2016-2017 has been issued by leading online higher education resource provider Nearly 70 colleges and universities across the state were chosen for excellence and affordability in online education, with top marks going to North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro among four-year schools and Pamlico Community College, Pitt Community College, Southwestern Community College, Stanly Community College and Lenoir Community College among two-year schools.

"8 percent of undergraduate students and 16 percent of graduate students took advantage of online learning programs at North Carolina’s colleges and universities in 2012,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of "The schools on our lists are those that are best emphasizing the variety and quality of online education options in North Carolina, all while keeping affordability for their students in mind.”

To qualify for a spot on the Best list, all North Carolina colleges and universities were vetted based on several standard criteria points. Only accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions were considered for the list. Those schools were additionally required to provide in-state tuition for no more than $5,000 per year at two-year schools and no more than $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Qualifying schools were then scored and ranked against one another based on more than a dozen statistical factors important to students, such as graduation rates and online program availability.

A full list of North Carolina’s Best Online Colleges is included below. For specific school ranks and information on the data and methodology used to determine placement, visit:

North Carolina’s Best Two-Year Online Colleges for 2016-2017:

Alamance Community College
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Beaufort County Community College
Bladen Community College
Blue Ridge Community College
Brunswick Community College
Cape Fear Community College
Carteret Community College
Central Carolina Community College
Central Piedmont Community College
Cleveland Community College
Coastal Carolina Community College
College of the Albemarle
Craven Community College
Davidson County Community College
Durham Technical Community College
Edgecombe Community College
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College
Gaston College
Guilford Technical Community College
Haywood Community College
Lenoir Community College
Mayland Community College
Mitchell Community College
Montgomery Community College
Pamlico Community College
Piedmont Community College
Pitt Community College
Richmond Community College
Roanoke-Chowan Community College
Robeson Community College
Sandhills Community College
Southwestern Community College
Stanly Community College
Surry Community College
Tri-County Community College
Vance-Granville Community College
Wake Technical Community College
Wayne Community College
Western Piedmont Community College
Wilkes Community College
Wilson Community College

North Carolina’s Best Four-Year Online Colleges for 2016-2017:

Apex School of Theology
Appalachian State University
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary
East Carolina University
Fayetteville State University
Grace College of Divinity
Heritage Bible College
John Wesley University
Lees-McRae College
Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Montreat College
North Carolina A & T State University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Piedmont International University
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
St. Andrews University
University of Mount Olive
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Western Carolina University
Winston-Salem State University

### began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

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