Triangle schools top WalletHub’s NC rankings

Aaron Moody, The News & Observer

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Triangle colleges dominate the top half of a new top-10 ranking of colleges and universities in North Carolina.

Sorted based on their standing in a national ranking for 2018 by personal-finance website WalletHub, Duke University came in first in the state, UNC-Chapel Hill second and N.C. State University fourth.

Some prominent schools, however – including East Carolina University, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Asheville – didn’t make the state’s top 10.

The ranking, WalletHub says, is based on 26 standards grouped into seven categories including student selectivity, cost and financing, campus experience, and career outcomes. Examples of the standards are admission rates, net costs, student-faculty ratios, and retention rates.

Others in North Carolina’s top 10 were Davidson College (No. 3) and (Nos. 5-10) Salem College, Appalachian State University, Elon University, the University of Mount Olive, Western Carolina University and UNC-Wilmington.

Davidson also ranked No. 2 on the survey’s “highest graduation rate” category.

Nationally, Duke ranked seventh, UNC-Chapel Hill 28th, Davidson 69th, N.C. State 81st, and Salem College 167th. Wake Forest was not included in the study because of data limitations.

In South Carolina, Clemson ranked 90th nationally. Others included Wofford at 169th, The Citadel at 205th and the University of South Carolina at 242nd.

WalletHub is a personal finance website that also regularly releases surveys and research reports on various topics.

Aaron Moody writes for The News & Observer, where this article originally ran. Information for this article was contributed by Carolina College Bound editor Heidi Finley.