Universities & Colleges

Four-Year Higher Education Institutions in Southeastern North Carolina

Southeastern North Carolina's five four-year colleges and universities support the region's economic, social and cultural life through an expansive assortment of instructional, research, extension and recreational programs.


With its roots traceable to 1867, Fayetteville State University (FSU) is North Carolina's second oldest public university, with a 6,300-student enrollment comprising one of America's most diverse campus communities.
FSU's degree offerings include 66 graduate and undergraduate degrees in business, arts and sciences, education and social work. Its School of Business and Economics, with a rigorous curricular focus on international finance and management, is fully accredited by the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a designation that only 15 percent of the world's business programs have achieved. The school's entrepreneurial programs are also renown: in 2007, a team of MBA students from FSU take the top price in the Opportunity Funding Corporation's (OFC) Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition, beating a field of 17 teams from across the country. FSU's College of Basic and Applied Sciences, the largest of its academic units, produces consistent supplies of well-trained graduates in math, computer science, chemistry and biotechnology. Close ties between FSU and the U.S. military have resulted in an extensive menu of continuing and distance education programs for adult learners.
The institution's 92-acre campus is host to a world of cultural and recreational resources for the surrounding community. Fayetteville State's Bronco athletic teams, for instance, include an NCAA Division II football program that won consecutive conference championships in 2002 and 2003. 


The University of North Carolina Pembroke (UNCP) has a storied heritage as one of the nation's oldest and largest predominantly Native American institutions of higher learning.
Founded in 1887 as the Croatan Normal School, UNCP's campus now spans across 152 acres and boasts an enrollment of over 5,800. Its 41 bachelor's and 17 master's degree programs range from accounting and information technology to molecular biology and zoology. UNCP is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and School and has been recognized by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report for its rapid growth, instructional quality and affordability. At the heart of UNCP's extensive outreach programs is its Regional Center for Economic, Community & Professional Development, which draws campus-based academic expertise out across Southeastern North Carolina's social and economic life through community health partnerships, strategic planning services for businesses and professional development programs.
UNCP's 1,600-seat Paul R. Givens Performing Arts Center is a cultural and recreational asset for the region, hosting Broadway shows, concerts and a distinguished speaker series. In 2007, UNCP reinstituted its football program after a 56-year hiatus; UNCP Braves athletic teams compete in the Peach Belt Conference.


Few higher education institutions anywhere have enjoyed the phenomenal growth and success that the University of North Carolina Wilmington has seen since its establishment in 1947. The campus enrolled more than 13,000 students across its 52 bachelor's, 35 master's and 2 doctoral degree programs.
UNCW consistently gathers a host of accolades from national publications: for instance, it is ranked fourth on U.S. News & World Report's list of top public regional undergraduate universities in the South. This is the 14th consecutive year UNCW was ranked in the top 10.  Editors at The Princeton Review have been equally flattering, calling UNCW one of the nation's best overall bargains among academically outstanding colleges. Among its excellent programs are those offered through UNCW's Cameron School of Business, which offers an M.B.A., a master's in accountancy and an M.S. in computer science and information systems. The Cameron School's highly regarded programs in economics and finance provide innovative leadership and well-trained workers for the region's burgeoning financial services industry. Promising scholars from around the world have descended on UNCW's Center for Marine Sciences, the site of cutting-edge applied research and a key instructional resource for UNCW's Ph.D. and M.S. programs in marine biology.
The university's central role as a cultural and recreational asset for Southeastern North Carolina is embodied in its vibrant performing arts and film programs, as well as its NCAA Division I athletic teams.


Chartered in 1956, Methodist University today serves approximately 2,300 students across its day, evening and weekend programs. The student-to-faculty ratio at the private 617-acre university is 15:1. It offers bachelor's degrees in over 70 fields of study and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Methodist University's School of Science and Human Development offers degrees in ecology, chemistry, exercise science, microbiology, zoology and other fields. Its Charles M. Reeves School of Business and Economics, in addition to excellent programs in accounting, finance, management and marketing, offers both associates-level and bachelor's degrees in health care administration for both traditional learners and mid-career professionals. Graduates of the program assume leadership positions at health care facilities and government agencies. In addition to its outstanding degree programs, the Reeves School of Business excels in research, professional development and public service through its Center for Entrepreneurship, an Institute for Golf and Tennis Management, and the Institute for Business and Marketing Research. Each serves as an important technical support and training resource for companies in the region.
In 2006-2007, Methodist University's NCAA Division III athletic teams won conference titles in baseball, soccer and tennis, and tournament championships in golf and softball.


Over the past 111 years, St. Andrew's Presbyterian College has evolved from two educational facilities for Scottish immigrants in North Carolina into a consolidated undergraduate learning institution with a diverse student population from 35 states and 9 nations. Its modern, park-like campus, which surrounds a 70-acre lake, is home to 650 full-time learners and a vibrant student life.
Among the private college's academic offerings are bachelor's degree program in Asian studies, in which students engage in cross-disciplinary studies of the historic, religious and economic elements in Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese and other Asian cultures. Other fields of study at St. Andrew's include management information technologies, chemistry and equine business management. The college's unique bachelor's program in behavioral neuroscience is offered through a partnership between its departments of biology and psychology in a curriculum that integrates human psychology and molecular genetics utilizing classroom instruction, research and experiential learning opportunities.
St. Andrew's 18,168-square-foot DeTamble Library houses some 109,300 volumes, hundreds of periodicals and a Scottish Heritage Center commemorating the region's earliest European settlers. Since 1996, the college has been listed annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's top liberal arts institutions.

International Universities

Duke University, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are all within a two-hour drive from any of our eleven counties.

Educational accessibility, however, is not limited by geography. The high-speed fiber optics computer network system call the North Carolina information Superhighway brings campuses across the state to our corner of North Carolina.