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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Arts

Downtown Raleigh, N.C., is where historic neighborhoods, world-class museums, Southern diners, outdoor green spaces, performing arts venues, local shops, breweries and underground cocktail spots all work together to create one incredible cultural hotspot. Here's how to eat, drink, dance and explore

Dining & Drinks

It's a great time to be a foodie in Raleigh, N.C.! Chef Ashley Christensen was named America's best chef by the James Beard Foundation (and has a new fried chicken concept on the way);...

Dining & Drinks

If barbecue is a tradition in The Tar Heel State (it is), then Clyde Cooper’s BBQ is an institution. Opened on New Year's Day 1938, it’s one of the longest-running barbecue...

Museums & History

The fascinating statues, monuments and memorials found throughout the Raleigh area are artistic gems that also reflect incredibly-rich history. These landmarks are great ways to learn about the...

Things to Do

Raleigh, N.C., is home to many African American heritage sites and historical attractions that celebrate and commemorate African American culture. Here, you’ll not only find the South’s...

Dining & Drinks

Score another one for the City of Oaks! Chef Ashley Christensen—known to many as the face of Raleigh's booming food scene—has been revealed as the featured cover subject of the Official 2020 North Carolina Travel Guide . A fierce philanthropist and...