Plan Your Trip to Raleigh, N.C., to Visit Colleges & Universities

Curious about the story behind an abundance of accolades Raleigh, N.C., has racked up in recent years? Look no further than the area's brightest young minds. Fueled by one of the world's most significant research and educational epicenters, a steady stream of savvy students and professionals-turned-residents collectively keep N.C.'s capital city thriving.

Home to 12 traditional universities and colleges—including North Carolina State University (NC State) and a major research center, plus a private women's college, a law school and two historically black universities—the Raleigh area is unusually rich in both educational opportunities and cultural experiences.

Use the info and links below to plan your trip to Raleigh, N.C., to visit campuses!

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The Warehouse District has quickly become a go-to neighborhood in downtown Raleigh for visitors and locals alike. Don't just take our word for it—Thrillist named the area " one of 12 neighborhoods across the U.S. that are about to get crazy popular ." With an eclectic mix of art galleries,

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It's a great time to be a foodie in Raleigh, N.C.! Travel and Leisure named Raleigh one of America's favorite cities for barbecue, Zagat called the capital city one of the “Hottest...


Terrific news, art fans! Two new exhibits—one featuring stunning works from Georgia O'Keeffe alongside work from other contemporary artists, another displaying technical masterpieces from...

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Update (Oct. 10, 2018, 4pm): The N.C. State Fair opening date has been postponed to Oct. 12 due to Hurricane Michael. More info High-flying rides and deep-fried pies—the N.C. State Fair is back...

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What’s more fun than visiting Raleigh N.C.? Visiting as part of a larger group! Here are eight fun activities and experiences, designed specifically for groups of all types and sizes, to add to...

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The deep-fried fun at the N.C. State Fair returns Fri., Oct. 12 (note the opening date was pushed back one day to this date due to poor weather expected from Hurricane Michael), and runs through Sun., Oct. 21! The state's largest annual event (drawing more than a...