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Old 06-12-2017, 08:38 AM
 
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How does the state College(inc. community colleges) and University system in North Carolina compare to South Carolina?

--For students?
--For Faculty?
--How does the need-based(FASFA) financial aid packages (particularly scholarships and grants) compare between the two states at public institutions?
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Old 06-12-2017, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'The Waterfall City'
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The main difference is NC has more large universities due to the larger state population. In my view, a big disadvantage for NC high school students is it is more difficult to get accepted into the main two universities , UNC and NC State, than it is for SC students to get into Clemson and UofS, due to NC's much larger population.

I believe need based finanicial aid is going to vary significantly from college to college within these states so generalizations won't be useful.

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Old 06-12-2017, 09:53 AM
 
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NC students are at a much larger advantage in my opinion than SC. NC has UNC, NC State, East Carolina, Western Carolina and Appalachian State as the primary four year colleges, however the evolution of UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Pembroke as regional universities has presented much more opportunity.....not to mention the HBCUs like NC Central, NC A&T, Fayetteville St U, Winston Salem State U and Elizabeth City State U.
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:50 AM
 
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NC has a better university system with lower average tuition prices than SC.
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Old 06-12-2017, 01:17 PM
 
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Both are good, but North Carolina's system is better with more prestige. It really depends on what youre going for. Engineering? Clemson. Business? Best bet is USC. Medicine? Duke is best. Chemistry? UNC.

NC's is obviously higher rated, but both state's schools offer a wide away of degrees and rank high in certain fields.
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Old 06-12-2017, 03:00 PM
 
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Both are good, but North Carolina's system is better with more prestige. It really depends on what youre going for. Engineering? Clemson. Business? Best bet is USC. Medicine? Duke is best. Chemistry? UNC. NC's is obviously higher rated, but both state's schools offer a wide away of degrees and rank high in certain fields.
Actually NC State for Engineering and UNC for Business or Medicine as they're all highest ranked (Top 25 in the nation). UNC is the top Chemistry school of the two states (another top 25). Duke is a private university and not a fair comparison at what amounts to an Ivy school.
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Old 06-12-2017, 03:32 PM
 
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North Carolina schools are better overall if every measure you can think of. If North Carolina is an affordable option, go for it.
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Old 06-12-2017, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Greenville SC 'The Waterfall City'
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I think Clemson and SC are as good as UNC and NC State. The other public colleges in NC don't have that much name recognition outside of NC. UNC does not offer engineering and architecture which is pretty rare for a large 'flagship' university.

If NC colleges have less expensive tuition, that is only because NC residents are paying more taxes to fund them. In general, property taxes and cost of living are higher in NC so NC is probably more expensive overall even if tuition is less expensive.

SC also has the Life Scholarship:

'The LIFE Scholarship is a renewable scholarship for residents of South Carolina who are enrolled full-time. Awards are made automatically; no scholarship application is required. The amount is $5,000 per year and may be "enhanced" to $7,500 per year for upperclassmen in declared science and mathematics related majors.' https://www.clemson.edu/financial-ai...hips/life.html

The student has to maintain a 3.0 GPA to keep the scholarship.

The rankings are pretty silly but the US News lists only lists two universities each from NC and SC in the top 100 public colleges, Clemson, SC, NC State, and UNC. All 4 are in the top 50.

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Old 06-12-2017, 08:01 PM
 
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Here we go...
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:33 PM
 
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UNC does not offer engineering and architecture which is pretty rare for a large 'flagship' university.
Without going into a narrative about whether this is was a good thing or a bad thing, let me give you the elevator pitch for why this is so.

Many decades ago (the 60s???), the UNC system decided that it would be better if universities within the system didn't compete with each other for targeted capital/resources for specific programs. In a nutshell, major programs were split between UNC and NC State with the latter getting Architecture/Design Disciplines and Engineering.

As the system grew along with NC's population, UNC-Charlotte was awarded Architecture and Engineering programs. I suppose that, from a geographic standpoint, it still didn't make sense to include these two programs at Chapel Hill since it and NC State are only 26 miles apart from each other.
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