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North Carolina Schools

The field of academia is a thriving field in North Carolina. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in North Carolina.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in North Carolina By Profession

2,833 2,950 2,946 3,224
923 1,044 1,127 1,103
3,846 4,047 4,198 4,067
3,525 3,733 3,889 4,065
3,949 4,120 4,169 4,297
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

The number of faculty at North Carolina's 182 colleges and universities grew from 15,076 members to 16,756 between the years 2006 and 2009.

Thus, there has been a 12% increase in the number of collegiate level faculty in the state.

Average faculty salaries in North Carolina

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

In North Carolina, on average, higher education faculty make $54,819 per year, which is less than what faculty earn around the country, which averages $57,293 per year. In North Carolina, there is a 4% difference in salaries for male and female faculty. Male faculty earn more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in North Carolina

No data at this time.

Of North Carolina's 15,710 higher education faculty members, 47% have tenure and 24% are on the tenure track.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in North Carolina by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. North Carolina Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 4.62% 8.59% 9.67%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: North Carolina
  • Light Blue: National

Interestingly, in North Carolina the number of part-time faculty has grown from 2006 to 2009 by 21%. Similarly, the number of full-time faculty in the state has also grown by 21%. This data shows that in North Carolina, working full-time in academia is becoming less common.

National Vs. North Carolina Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% -0.75% -6.55% 20.76%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: North Carolina
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in North Carolina

No data at this time.

And in 2009 21% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. In the same year, 20% of the state's full-time faculty were from an ethnic or racial minority background.

Part time faculty minorities in North Carolina

No data at this time.

National Vs. North Carolina Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 7.79% 3.54% 23.02%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: North Carolina
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in North Carolina has increased by 24%. This is consistent with national statistics, which show that of the 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally in 2006, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background, while of the 855,625 faculty working in 2009, 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at North Carolina by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at North Carolina by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. North Carolina Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 2.68% 0.99% 10.16%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: North Carolina
  • Light Blue: National

As the percentage of minorities in academia has grown in North Carolina, the percentage of women has also increased. And the number of women faculty at colleges and universities around the nation has also increased. Between 2006 and 2009, there has been a 9% change.

National Vs. North Carolina Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 2.32% 4.51% 18.35%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: North Carolina
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. North Carolina Faculty employment by Gender

National North Carolina
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 44%
Women 56%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in North Carolina


Consistent with the growth in the number of higher education faculty in North Carolina, the number of students studying in colleges or universities has also increased in North Carolina.

Currently North Carolina has 64,990 graduate students and 497,258 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in North Carolina

19211 19391 19428 20938 22282
37873 38317 41937 41628 43535
1409 1421 1614 1824 3726
11925 12078 12910 13448 14760
16098 16222 16956 18654 19237
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in North Carolina


A total of 34,821 students graduated from colleges and universities in North Carolina in 2009. Approximately 42% of these students graduated from bachelor's degree programs. Another 18% graduated from graduate-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in North Carolina


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in North Carolina.

Retention rates in North Carolina

Returning Students 65%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

It is interesting to note that for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs in North Carolina, only 65 students return to school the following year and 39 eventually graduate. And nationally, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in North Carolina

Graduation Students 39%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. North Carolina Students By Gender

National North Carolina
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 40%
Women 60%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Similar to the faculty population in North Carolina, the student population is diverse. Of the 562,248 students studying in North Carolina's institutions of higher learning, 60% are female, and 31% are from an ethnic or racial minority. These numbers are consistent with national statistics. Approximately 58% of the national student population is female and 28% are from racial or ethnic minority backgrounds.

National Vs. North Carolina Students Minorities

National North Carolina
Minorities 29%
Minorities 31%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in North Carolina

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  1. North Carolina Teaching Schools249,402 Employed
  2. North Carolina Business Schools208,050 Employed
  3. North Carolina Engineering Schools79,911 Employed
  4. North Carolina Liberal Arts Schools75,727 Employed
  5. North Carolina Management Schools70,900 Employed
  6. North Carolina Law Schools70,165 Employed
  7. North Carolina Business Administration Schools68,538 Employed
  8. North Carolina Art Schools61,881 Employed
  9. North Carolina Biology Schools61,522 Employed
  10. North Carolina Criminal Justice Schools46,589 Employed
  11. North Carolina Educational Leadership Schools44,586 Employed
  12. North Carolina Information Technology Schools43,797 Employed
  13. North Carolina Early Childhood Education Schools42,717 Employed
  14. North Carolina Nursing Schools41,949 Employed
  15. North Carolina Music Schools41,069 Employed
  16. North Carolina Math Schools39,962 Employed
  17. North Carolina Psychology Schools38,412 Employed
  18. North Carolina MBA Schools37,719 Employed
  19. North Carolina Information Systems Schools37,249 Employed
  20. North Carolina Accounting Schools37,063 Employed
  21. North Carolina Counseling Schools36,317 Employed
  22. North Carolina Design Schools34,895 Employed
  23. North Carolina Special Education Schools34,613 Employed
  24. North Carolina English Schools31,200 Employed
  25. North Carolina Health Science Schools28,524 Employed
  26. North Carolina BSN Schools27,936 Employed
  27. North Carolina Forensic Nursing Schools27,936 Employed
  28. North Carolina RN to BSN Schools27,936 Employed
  29. North Carolina Healthcare Administration Schools25,002 Employed
  30. North Carolina Communications Schools24,904 Employed
  31. North Carolina History Schools24,902 Employed
  32. North Carolina Computer Networking Schools24,190 Employed
  33. North Carolina Elementary Education Schools24,144 Employed
  34. North Carolina Business Management Schools23,750 Employed
  35. North Carolina Architecture Schools23,336 Employed
  36. North Carolina Public Health Schools22,827 Employed
  37. North Carolina Mechanical Engineering Schools21,767 Employed
  38. North Carolina Theology Schools20,972 Employed
  39. North Carolina Property Management Schools20,503 Employed
  40. North Carolina Nutrition Schools20,372 Employed
  41. North Carolina Chemistry Schools20,352 Employed
  42. North Carolina Political Science Schools19,950 Employed
  43. North Carolina Physics Schools19,688 Employed
  44. North Carolina Public Administration Schools19,600 Employed
  45. North Carolina Finance Schools19,398 Employed
  46. North Carolina Sociology Schools19,196 Employed
  47. North Carolina Visual Communications Schools18,532 Employed
  48. North Carolina Electrical Engineering Schools17,969 Employed
  49. North Carolina Computer Engineering Schools17,699 Employed
  50. North Carolina International Business Schools17,274 Employed
  51. North Carolina Human Services Schools17,161 Employed
  52. North Carolina Social Work Schools16,906 Employed
  53. North Carolina Marketing Schools16,087 Employed
  54. North Carolina Computer Science Schools15,554 Employed
  55. North Carolina Veterinary Schools14,612 Employed
  56. North Carolina Speech Therapy Schools14,196 Employed
  57. North Carolina Radiology Technology Schools14,177 Employed
  58. North Carolina Civil Engineering Schools12,678 Employed
  59. North Carolina Computer Programming Schools12,096 Employed
  60. North Carolina Culinary Schools11,836 Employed
  61. North Carolina Human Resources Schools11,293 Employed
  62. North Carolina Biomedical Engineering Schools10,863 Employed
  63. North Carolina Biochemistry Schools10,834 Employed
  64. North Carolina Fire Science Schools10,568 Employed
  65. North Carolina Sports Medicine Schools9,817 Employed
  66. North Carolina Forestry Schools8,952 Employed
  67. North Carolina Hotel Management Schools8,938 Employed
  68. North Carolina Dental Hygienist Schools8,846 Employed
  69. North Carolina Web Development Schools8,628 Employed
  70. North Carolina Surgical Technology Schools8,431 Employed
  71. North Carolina Carpentry Schools8,247 Employed
  72. North Carolina Interior Design Schools7,980 Employed
  73. North Carolina Paralegal Schools7,969 Employed
  74. North Carolina X Ray Technician Schools7,593 Employed
  75. North Carolina School Psychology Schools7,217 Employed
  76. North Carolina Respiratory Therapy Schools7,023 Employed
  77. North Carolina Graphic Design Schools6,966 Employed
  78. North Carolina Hospitality Schools6,847 Employed
  79. North Carolina Physical Therapy Schools6,838 Employed
  80. North Carolina Construction Management Schools6,423 Employed
  81. North Carolina Animation Schools6,392 Employed
  82. North Carolina Video Game Design Schools6,392 Employed
  83. North Carolina Sports Management Schools6,231 Employed
  84. North Carolina Journalism Schools5,815 Employed
  85. North Carolina Forensic Science Schools5,725 Employed
  86. North Carolina Drafting Schools5,716 Employed
  87. North Carolina Occupational Therapy Schools5,589 Employed
  88. North Carolina Gerontology Schools4,725 Employed
  89. North Carolina Restaurant Management Schools4,709 Employed
  90. North Carolina Small Business Schools4,665 Employed
  91. North Carolina Creative Writing Schools4,557 Employed
  92. North Carolina Fashion Design Schools4,496 Employed
  93. North Carolina Physician Assistant Schools4,156 Employed
  94. North Carolina Clinical Psychology Schools3,971 Employed
  95. North Carolina Computer Animation Schools3,503 Employed
  96. North Carolina Ministry Schools3,470 Employed
  97. North Carolina Physical Therapy Assistant Schools3,415 Employed
  98. North Carolina Film Schools3,359 Employed
  99. North Carolina Sonography Schools3,337 Employed
  100. North Carolina Ultrasound Technology Schools3,337 Employed
  101. North Carolina Public Relations Schools3,279 Employed
  102. North Carolina Advertising Schools3,279 Employed
  103. North Carolina Health Information Schools3,135 Employed
  104. North Carolina Industrial Design Schools2,987 Employed
  105. North Carolina Organizational Psychology Schools2,946 Employed
  106. North Carolina Criminology Schools2,932 Employed
  107. North Carolina Game Design Schools2,889 Employed
  108. North Carolina Game Development Schools2,889 Employed
  109. North Carolina Music Therapy Schools2,732 Employed
  110. North Carolina Mental Health Schools2,680 Employed
  111. North Carolina Video Production Schools2,418 Employed
  112. North Carolina Health Information Management Schools2,380 Employed
  113. North Carolina Healthcare Management Schools2,380 Employed
  114. North Carolina Risk Management Schools2,377 Employed
  115. North Carolina Supply Chain Management Schools2,205 Employed
  116. North Carolina Software Engineering Schools1,546 Employed
  117. North Carolina Computer Forensics Schools1,010 Employed
  118. North Carolina Homeland Security Schools988 Employed
  119. North Carolina Music Production Schools953 Employed
  120. North Carolina Emergency Management Schools806 Employed
  121. North Carolina Web Design Schools766 Employed
  122. North Carolina Sports Psychology Schools730 Employed
  123. North Carolina Fashion Schools680 Employed
  124. North Carolina Court Reporter Schools503 Employed
  125. North Carolina Fashion Marketing Schools474 Employed
  126. North Carolina Fashion Merchandising Schools400 Employed
  127. North Carolina Christian Counseling Schools342 Employed
  128. North Carolina Forensic Psychology Schools60 Employed
  129. North Carolina Medical Billing Schools55 Employed
  130. North Carolina Medical Coding Schools47 Employed

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