North Carolina is recognized as a leader in higher education. In fact, it is home to the country’s oldest state-supported university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, established in 1789. The state is also home to elite colleges and universities such as Duke University, Wake Forest University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Davidson College, Elon University, High Point University, Catawba College and Appalachian State University. There are 13 colleges and universities within 50 miles of Wilkes County, including Appalachian State, 45 minutes away, and Wake Forest University, 55 minutes away. Explore the state's institutions of higher education.  

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