The largest universities in the state of North Carolina (NC) are North Carolina State University at Raleigh, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, among others.

North Carolina State University (NC State) is the largest university in North Carolina. It is also a global center of learning for some of the most important emerging technologies and new sciences including nanotechnology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering and computer science. The University provides a high-quality education in the humanities and social sciences, education, life sciences, management, mathematics, natural resources and all the physical sciences.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the nation’s first state university to open its doors and the only public university to award degrees in the 18th century. It is placed 1st among the 100 best U.S. public colleges and universities that offer the best combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs as ranked by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in January 2011.

East Carolina University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina. Of the sixteen constituent institutions of the multicampus state university, East Carolina University is the third largest. Joyner Library is the largest library on the ECU campus and one of the largest information resources in North Carolina.

UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest of the 16 institutions within the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution in the Charlotte region. Located in the state's largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC system.

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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