Several colleges are located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, the eastern portion of the state that runs from Virginia to South Carolina along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and inward to just past Interstate 95. Students are able to study arts, sciences, business, education and other programs at both large and small institutions in the area.


In the southeast corner of the state, in Wilmington, is the University of North Carolina Wilmington. It is made up of the Cameron School of Business, the Watson School of Education and colleges of Arts and Sciences and Health and Human Services, as well as a graduate school. Originally established as Wilmington College in 1947, UNCW allows students to study the environment and marine and coastal issues because of its closeness to the coast.

In the southeastern corner of the state is the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
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North of Wilmington near the Croatan National Forest is Coastal Carolina Community College, in Jacksonville. Students here can earn associate degrees in arts, sciences, fine arts and applied sciences; they can earn a diploma and certificates in applied sciences, too. Miller-Motte College has a campus in Jacksonville for technical, business and health programs. Students can earn a degree, diploma or certificate in management, cosmetology and various medical fields.

Greenville Area

Further inland and north of Jacksonville, East Carolina University is located in Greenville, about a half hour away from Interstate 95. The institute offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and continuing-education programs. Programs include medicine and nursing, arts, education, business, health sciences and technology, among others. The smaller Pitt Community College in nearby Winterville offers degrees arts and sciences, business, construction and industry, health sciences and legal science and public service.


Several other colleges are located in the Coastal Plain region of North Carolina. Wilson Community College near Interstate 95, a two-year technical college, offers career and technical programs and continuing education courses. North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount offers more than 20 undergraduate programs in arts and sciences. The private Christian-based Mount Olive College has campus locations in Mount Olive, Goldsboro, Jacksonville and Wilmington.

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