As thousands of students head back to college across the United States, thousands of students find themselves within driving distance of future employers. The Research Triangle area of North Carolina serves three North Carolina counties: Wake, Durham and Orange. Within the boundaries of these three counties, 10 North Carolina colleges fall under the umbrella of colleges and higher institutions of learning in the Research Triangle area.
This geographical proximity among top-ranking research and development corporations and a huge knowledge base made accessible by nearby colleges and universities provides a wealth of opportunity for both corporates and graduates of these universities.
Colleges lying within the Research Triangle offer options for students with a myriad of aspirations, price ranges, career choices and disciplines. The surrounding communities of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary and a host of smaller cities abound with businesses and venues catering to the needs of college students.
The Research Triangle Foundation Lists 10 Colleges and Universities in North Carolina’s Triangle Park Area
The Research Triangle Foundation lists 10 institutions of higher learning within a 60-mile radius of the Research Triangle Park. All 10 colleges and universities lie in Durham, Raleigh or Chapel Hill.
1. Duke University:Located in Durham, Duke University enrolled about 13,000 students and graduate students in 2010. Tobacco fortunes enabled the Duke family to transform Trinity College into Duke University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Duke Chapel, with its 210-foot tower and 50-bell carillon, serves as symbol of this private university, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Duke includes Duke University Medical Center and Duke Hospital. It is home to the world-famous Duke Blue Devils.
2. North Carolina State University: Located in Raleigh, NC State University publicized a population of more than 31,000 students and 8,000 faculty and staff in 2010. This public university is recognized the world over for its excellence in technology, engineering, science and mathematics. “The Princeton Review” and other publications consistently rank NCSU as one of the top 50 public universities in the U.S. and list it as a “best value for students.” NCSU houses Centennial Campus, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and is home of the Wolfpack sports teams.
3. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Established in 1789, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was the nation’s first public university. Students from all over the world matriculate here because of UNC’s reputation as one of the best universities in the world. Kiplinger’s magazine ranked the university 1st among the 100 best U.S. public colleges and universities in terms of academics and affordability. It consistently earns high rankings among respected “best” lists.
4. North Carolina Central University: Located in Durham, North Carolina Central University collaborates with pharmacy and biotechnical companies in the Research Triangle Park. NCCU had an enrollment of about 9,000 students in 2010.
5. Saint Augustine’s University: Raleigh’s Saint Augustine’s College served approximately 1500 students in 2008. It was the first black college to have its own radio and television stations.
6. Meredith College:Since its 1891 charter, Meredith College remains one of the largest private women’s colleges in the nation.
7. Shaw University:Shaw University was the first historically black college in the South and is one of the nation’s oldest colleges.
8. Peace College: Founded in 1867, Peace College is a four-year women’s college serving Raleigh and the Research Triangle area. All three institutions are located in Raleigh.
9 and 10. Community Colleges Serving the Research Triangle Area: Two top-notch community colleges serve the Research Triangle. Durham Technical Community College emphasizes global technology and diversity. Wake Technical Community College serves the needs of the surrounding community, which includes the Research Triangle.
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
The Research Triangle Park Foundation of North Carolina
Saint Augustine’s College
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Durham Technical Community College
Wake Technical Community College
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