North Carolina State
North Carolina is 28th most extensive and 10th most populous state in the USA. Towards the South, it borders South Carolina and Georgia; Tennesssee to the West; Virginia to the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the East. North Carolina is also known as the Tar Heel State and the Old North State.
North Carolina is composed of 100 counties. North Carolina's two largest metropolitan areas are among the top ten fastest growing in the country. Its capital is Raleigh while its largest city is Charlotte.
The climate of the coastal plain is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, which keeps temperatures mild in winter and moderate in summer. The highest coastal, daytime temperature averages less than 89 °F (32 °C) during summer months. The coast has mild temperature in winter, with daytime highs rarely below 40 °F (4 °C). The average daytime temperature in the coastal plain is usually in the mid-50s °F (11–14 °C) in winter. Hurricanes and tornedoes are very common here.
According to a recent Forbes article written in 2013 Employment in the "Old North State" has gained many different industry sectors. STEM industries comprising science, technology, energy and math, the area surrounding North Carolina's capital have grown 17.9 percent since 2001, placing Raleigh-Cary at No. 5 among the 51 largest metro areas in the country where technology is booming. In 2010 North Carolina's total gross state product was $424.9 billion.
North Carolina has rich traditions in art, music, and cuisine. The nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.2 billion in direct economic activity in North Carolina, supporting more than 43,600 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $119 million in revenue for local governments and the state of North Carolina.
Elementary and secondary public schools are overseen by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. It has 115 public school systems, each of which is overseen by a local school board. In total there are 2,425 public schools in the state, including 99 charter schools.
Along with its public universities, North Carolina has 58 public community colleges in its community college system. The largest university in North Carolina is currently North Carolina State University with more than 34,000 students.
Top ranking universities/colleges at North Carolina as per US News and World Report 2013 :
|University/College||US News and World Report Rank||Tuition Fee|
|Duke University, Durham||National Universities 8th||$45,476|
|Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem||National Universities 27th||$44,742|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||National Universities 30th||$30,122|
|North Carolina State University, Raleigh||Public Universities 106th||$21,661|
|UNC Greensboro||Public Universities 189th||$20,186|
|East Carolina University and UNC Charlotte||Public Universities 199th||$19,683 (ECU)$18,634 (UNC)|
|Elon University, Elon||Regional Universities 2nd||$30,149|
|Appalachian State, Boone||Regional Universities 10th||$18,670|
|UNC Wilmington||Regional Universities 14th||$18,301|
|High Point University,High Point||Regional Colleges 1st||$30,715|
According to a report published in April 2013 by PayScale, graduates of North Carolina State University will earn an average annual salary of $47,000 right out of college, and $82,000 by mid-career. Graduates from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill can expect roughly $42,800 in their first year and $79,400 by mid-career. Duke graduates will break the six-figure threshold on average by mid-career and will begin their careers with an average salary of $53,000.