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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Live Music

When the Hopscotch Music Festival made its debut in 2010, downtown Raleigh was still at an early stage of its development. Downtown's Fayetteville St. main drag had only been in place for a few years at that point, and other music festivals like rapper J. Cole’s Dreamville and PNC presents Wide Open

Dining & Drinks

Scott Crawford—a five-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast—has more than made his mark on Raleigh's booming food scene. A chic neighborhood eatery,...

Things to Do

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...

Things to Do

The downtown Raleigh, N.C., shopping scene is quite the impressive one. With unique boutiques and stores galore, there is no shortage of adorable and affordable souvenirs, trendy and timeless...

Things to Do

Ready for some big entertainment news? A major new attraction is ready to swing into action in the City of Oaks! Drive Shack—the interactive golf complex that caters to big groups looking for...

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Originally, visitors from near and far traveled to the quaint little town near Raleigh seeking the healing powers of the Fuquay Mineral Spring. Today, Fuquay-Varina, located just 15 minutes south of the capital city, remains a rewarding destination for those looking for...