Whether you're looking for a retreat or Southern charm, North Carolina likely has a college town that suits you. The Tarheel State stretches from the rugged Appalachians to the West across rolling Piedmont country to the scenic coastline of the Outer Banks. Its temperate climate draws tourists year-round to North Carolina's famous golf resorts, glittery beaches, and parklands of lakes, rivers, and hiking trails- what's left for a student to desire? For those who crave the big city scene, Charlotte is the largest in the state, although there's plenty of dining, music, and cultural events in the state's college towns of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.
North Carolina's school system is as diverse as the college havens it houses. The University of North Carolina, founded in 1789, provides the single-largest higher educational system in the state, with 16 campuses, including branches in Asheville, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Wilmington. With more than 130 public and private colleges and universities in the state, North Carolina offers many choices to its residents.