The largest universities in the state of North Carolina are in the central part of the state (University of North Carolina and Duke University), but for students who want to live next to the Atlantic Ocean during the college experience, there are fine options on the east coast as well.

East Carolina University

The largest national university on North Carolina's east coast is East Carolina University. With over 27,000 students, this public research university is regarded for its strong programs in Education, Business, Environmental Health, Nursing and Medicine. The U.S. News and World Report ranked it in its list of best colleges for primary care physician prep and rural medicine specialty. East Carolina also has a Greek system of nine sororities and 16 fraternities. Many clubs can be found on and around campus as well.

East Carolina University? 1001 E 5th Street Greenville, North Carolina 27858 252-328-6131? ecu.edu

Coastal Carolina Community College

Established mainly as a technical college, Coastal Carolina offers associate's degrees in Nursing, Criminal Justice, Office Administration and Surgical Technology. Since it is a community college, tuition is much more affordable than other state schools in North Carolina. Small class sizes and student counseling services offer a supportive foundation for students looking for a fresh start on their education.

Coastal Carolina Community College 444 Western Boulevard Jacksonville, NC 28546 910-455-1221? coastalcarolina.edu

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Over 13,000 students attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. This public state university prides itself for its affordability. Kiplinger's rates UNC Wilmington a \"Best Value\" college in North Carolina and the entire U.S. The U.S. News and World Report ranks it as one of the top Master's programs in the country. Forbes ranks UNC Wilmington as the second best school in the state (after the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). The most popular academic programs at UNC Wilmington are in Education, Business and Nursing.

UNC Wilmington 601 S. College Road Wilmington NC 28403 910 962-3000 uncwil.edu