Living Here Guide

Colleges and universities

The Charlotte region is home to about three dozen institutions of higher learning, including the state’s fourth-largest university, the state’s biggest community college and a premier culinary school.

Colleges and Universities

Belmont Abbey College: The Catholic college was founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks. Academic programs include a bachelor’s degree in motorsports management. 704-461-6700.

Cabarrus College of Health Sciences: Programs include occupational therapy, surgical technology and medical imaging. Associated with Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast. 704-403-1555.

Carolinas College of Health Sciences: Affiliated with Carolinas HealthCare System, this school offers programs including medical technology and nursing. 704-355-5043.

Catawba College: Founded in 1851, the private liberal arts college in Salisbury is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. 704-637-4111.

The Charlotte School of Law: Became the city’s first law school when it debuted in 2006. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. 704-971-8500.

Davidson College: This small, selective school consistently ranks in the top 10 liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1837, it remains close to its Presbyterian heritage. 704-894-2000.

DeVry University and the Keller Graduate School of Management: 866-923-3879.

Gardner-Webb University: The historically Baptist private school is located in Boiling Springs. GWU also has graduate and degree-completion classes on 3 satellite campuses, including one in Charlotte. 704-406-4000.

Johnson C. Smith University: The nation’s first historically black college to provide laptops to all its students. 704-378-1000.

Johnson & Wales University: One of the nation’s top-rated culinary schools, it offers two- and four-year degrees in business, hospitality and culinary arts. Also available are two online programs. 980-598-1000.

King’s College: Offers career programs in accounting, graphic design and computer programming. 704-372-0266.

Lenoir-Rhyne University: A private liberal arts university in Hickory, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 828-328-1741.

Livingstone College: The private, historically black university in Salisbury offers an undergraduate program and the Hood Theological Seminary. 800-835-3435.

Montreat College School of Professional and Adult Studies: This Christ-centered institution is grounded in the Presbyterian tradition. The college offers programs in education and science, business administration and an MBA. 704-676-4591.

Pfeiffer University: The private university in Misenheimer is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Also has graduate and adult studies programs in Charlotte, online, and at sites across the region and in the Triangle area. Charlotte campus, 704-521-9116; Misenheimer campus, 800-338-2060.

Queens University of Charlotte: Located in the heart of historic Charlotte, the college is a private co-ed university offering undergraduate and graduate courses, including an MBA. 704-337-2200.

Strayer University: North Charlotte campus, 704-886-6500; south Charlotte campus, 704-499-9200; Huntersville campus, 704-379-6800.

UNC Charlotte: North Carolina’s fourth-largest university, off N.C. 49 in northeast Charlotte. 704-687-8622.

University of Phoenix: 704-504-5409.

Wake Forest University Charlotte Center: Consistently ranked among the world’s best business schools, working professionals can earn an MBA in two years. The Charlotte campus is in uptown. 704-365-1717.

Wingate University: The private school’s main campus is in Wingate, where students can work toward undergraduate or graduate degrees in a variety of fields. 704-233-8000. There is also a Charlotte campus, which offers evening classes in courses including business, human services and communications studies; master’s programs include MBA and education degrees. 980-359-1020.

Winthrop University: This liberal arts university located in Rock Hill has a 325-acre recreational/research complex that hosts the Piedmont Wetlands Research Project and a world-class disc golf course. 803-323-2211.

Community Colleges

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute: 828-726-2200.

Catawba Valley Community College: 828-327-7000.

Central Piedmont Community College: Geared toward workforce development, the main campus is in Charlotte’s Elizabeth neighborhood. It is the state’s largest two-year school, serving more than 70,000 students on six campuses across Mecklenburg County. 704-330-2722.

Cleveland Community College: 704-669-6000.

Gaston College: Dallas campus, 704-922-6200; Lincoln campus, 704-748-1040; Kimbrell campus, 704-825-3737.

Mitchell Community College: 704-878-3200.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College: Salisbury campus and Concord campus, 704-216-7222.

South Piedmont Community College: 704-290-5100.

Stanly Community College: 704-982-0121.

Western Piedmont Community College: 828-438-6000.

York Technical College: 803-327-8000.