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Old 07-22-2012, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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We recently moved from Virginia to North Carolina. When I told people I was moving to NC, many people said that North Carolina is a great state to live in because of all of the great universities there. But I'll be honest, the only public universities from NC that were known to me before I moved there were UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Appalachian State, and East Carolina. And since UNC is so hard to get into (and the fact that we live 2 miles away from it), I figured my kids would likely not be going there.

In contrast, I think the Virginia university system covers more of a range of types of universities (large/small, harder to get into/easier to get into) and overall are more well-known on the east coast. Although, perhaps I know them because I lived in the state for 11 years.

What do you think - which state has a better overall, public university styem? When I say "better" I mean where there would be more options to send 3 average to above average students to a public in-state university that is relatively well-known outside the state and/or region?

North Carolina has:

Appalachian State University
East Carolina U (ECU)
Elizabeth City U
Fayetteville State U
NC Ag & Tech U
NC Central U
NC State U
UNC at Asheville
UNC at Chapel Hill
UNC at Charlotte
UNC at Greensboro
UNC at Pembroke
UNC at Wilmington
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Western Carolina University
Winston-Salem State University

Virginia has:

Christopher Newport University
College of William and Mary
George Mason U
James Madison U
Longwood U
Norfolk State U
Old Dominion U (ODU)
Radford U
University of Mary Washington
University of Virginia
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
Virginia Tech
Virginia State University
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I don't have a clue about which state's got a better university system but I've definitely heard more about NC schools than VA schools. On the list you included in VA, I've only heard of a few of them. From the NC list, I've heard of nearly all of them. But of course that doesn't mean they're better. Who knows.
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I don't have a clue about which state's got a better university system but I've definitely heard more about NC schools than VA schools. On the list you included in VA, I've only heard of a few of them. From the NC list, I've heard of nearly all of them. But of course that doesn't mean they're better. Who knows.
Thanks. Your answer is exactly what I was looking for - not which are better academically. I was mainly curious about two things:

1. Which schools people have heard of - outside of NC, VA or surrounding states
2. Which of the two states seem to have more variety/choices in schools - that is which state would give my children a greater chance of going to an in-state school, whether they are brilliant and are going to a top academic school, mediocre academically and going to a less challenging school, or anywhere in between.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:20 PM
 
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Historically speaking, North Carolina colleges are better known
nationwide due to their excellent college sport programs.
Virginia schools are on par academically and that's it as
North Carolina schools are better in everything else.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Thanks. Your answer is exactly what I was looking for - not which are better academically. I was mainly curious about two things:

1. Which schools people have heard of - outside of NC, VA or surrounding states
2. Which of the two states seem to have more variety/choices in schools - that is which state would give my children a greater chance of going to an in-state school, whether they are brilliant and are going to a top academic school, mediocre academically and going to a less challenging school, or anywhere in between.
Yeah if I were looking to go to college I'd have to give it to NC. I hear nothing but great things about their educated population due to their outstanding universities.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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They both seem to have high quality public universities and some good college towns. I'd probably go with whichever state has lower tuition costs for their public universities.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:04 PM
 
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Besides the NC universities the OP mentioned, I'd recommend UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Asheville. Both have grown considerably in the past decade or so and are beginning to come into their own versus being "safety schools" for those trying to get into UNC-Chapel Hill.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Don't forget William and Mary in Virginia. Excellent school.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Don't forget William and Mary in Virginia. Excellent school.
It's on there.
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: 602/520
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North Carolina. It's has the best system of higher education in the South, IMO.
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