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By Thomas Gessner
Everybody needs a cheerleader, someone in their corner that will defend them and remind everyone why they are the best. The same can be said for North Carolina colleges and universities, most of which have actual cheerleaders, but nonetheless deserve some help in hyping themselves up. For that reason, I have created below a list of arguments for each North Carolina college on why they are the best in the state. Enjoy.
Appalachian State University: That’s right, besides having the most baja jackets in the country per capita, they also get to wake up on a mountain.
East Carolina University: They are located in the best Greenville in the Carolinas, and in addition to that, Mr. Beast lives here, so odds are you will get some free stuff.
Elizabeth City State University: Home to the only four-year aviation science degree program in North Carolina. Enough said.
Fayetteville State University: Blueface went there, that’s about as good as you can get in terms of famous alumni.
North Carolina A&T University: The university of the Greensboro Four, this school got to be a part of a historical moment in the civil rights movement. Also they were too good to stay in the MEAC.
North Carolina Central University: It’s in the name. They are the center of the state, and therefore the best. If you like community service, NCCU was thefirst UNC-system school to require community service to graduate.
North Carolina State University: The biggest college in the state surely has to be the best college in the state, and if the enrollment numbers aren’t big enough, their mascot is not just one wolf, but a pack of them.
University of North Carolina at Asheville: The only university in the coolest city in the state, and they get to wake up to the mountains too.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Only the G.O.A.T. basketball player Michael Jordan could go to the G.O.A.T North Carolina university, and that takes precedence over a former president going there.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte: There are only five words needed: Regional Banking Capital of America. Also the fastest growing university in North Carolina.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro: DaBaby spending two years at UNCG would be enough to put them at the top, but also having a tradition where the word rock is misspelled puts them even higher.
University of North Carolina at Pembroke: Hail to UNCP is an absolute banger.
University of North Carolina Wilmington: Oh yeah, they are only located 6 minutes away from the beach, and oh yeah, their main school color is teal.
University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Without a doubt this school contains the most famous alumni list, seriously, it is a crazy list.
Western Carolina University: As they say in California, West is Best, and that remains true for the only North Carolina college with Western in the name.
Winston-Salem State University: The first historically black college to win the NCAA Basketball championship.
Barton College: Student faculty rate of 12:1 means that a student here will be getting to know their teachers.
Belmont Abbey College: Their newspaper name is the Crusader, and I call upon anyone to find a college newspaper name cooler than that.
Bennett College: People may hype up the Greensboro Four, but do not forget the Bennett Belles, which is a far better name considering the alliteration.
Brevard College: Since Brevard is located in Transylvania county, I would argue they are the best college out of fear that a vampire will kill me if I say otherwise.
Catawba College: Their nickname the “Catawba Indians” is approved by the Catawba Indian Nation, and because of that the college stands as a visionary, doing something the Washington Football team could never accomplish.
Davidson College: https://youtu.be/TGQID66agH4
Gardner-Webb University: They invented Pancake Bingo, can any other NC college say that?
Greensboro College: The mascot for Greensboro College is “The Pride”, which doubles as a group of lions and one of the seven deadly sins. Pretty metal, I know.
Guilford College: Alma Mater to the coolest name in the history of professional sports, World B. Free, a name that is even cooler considering the Quaker roots of the school.
High Point University: The most luxurious school on this list, and it is not even close. I mean, how many colleges can say they have a steakhouse with live music on campus?
Lees-Mcrae College: One of the only colleges to be named after two women, and the college used to accept livestock to pay for tuition.
Lenoir-Rhyne University: They have both a male and female mascot, so the school is truly progressive. The school also has what is believed to be the largest Martin Luther statue in the world.
Mars Hill University: A university you can attend and then tell people you went to Mars.
Meredith College: The first female university to adopt a campus-wide laptop program.
Montreat College: To quote Emilie Miller Vaughn: "I wish I could tell you of the scenery around here and at the retreat. People who have traveled say it is only equaled by Switzerland". I have no idea if that is true, but I am choosing to believe it.
North Carolina Wesleyan College: The yearbook name for North Carolina Wesleyan College is The Dissenter, and for some reason that just makes the school a cut above the rest in my book.
Salem College: The oldest women’s college in the United States, and everyone should respect their elders.
University of Mount Olive: Have you ever eaten an olive? One of the more underrated snack foods, and I choose to believe there is correlation between that and this university. Since it is the only university located in Mount Olive, it seems no other school listed can make such claims.
Warren Wilson College: Work builds character, and at Warren Wilson College, every student has to work on campus to graduate, meaning that the school is filled to the brim with character.
William Peace University: A school with peace in the name deserves great recognition, even if it was just the name of the founder of the university, and he luckily made sure that the school would be located in downtown Raleigh, one of the most lively areas in the state.
Campbell University: When you attend this school, it is hump day everyday, and you do not have to worry about being surrounded by people not from North Carolina, because Campbell enrolls more North Carolinians than any other private institution in the country.
Carolina University: Carolina University did not feel the need to subcategorize itself by having its name contain the location of the school. No, Carolina University is so confident in their abilities as an academic institution, that they define themselves as THE Carolina University.
Chowan University: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed only attended the school for one semester, so it's safe to say that his values and the university’s values did not align.
Duke University: The only school in the state that people across the country believe is an Ivy League member.
Elon University: The school’s colors are maroon, and gold? That is just too exquisite and fancy to not make this a premier university. Not to mention their mascot is a phoenix, and real or not, those things are powerful.
Johnson C. Smith University: Not one, but two Harlem Globetrotters attended Johnson C. Smith, and their nicknames were great to boot, that being Twiggy and Curly.
Johnson and Wales University: This university is the only college in North Carolina to have its main campus be in Rhode Island.
Livingstone College: There has never been a “living stone”, but Livingstone College gives me hope that one day there may be one, and if there is one, odds are it will be at this campus. In terms of real arguments, the school has produced three firsts: First African-American neurosurgeon, first African-American President of the National Education Association, and the first African-American mayor of Salisbury.
Methodist University: A man by the name Chip Dicks attended Methodist University; that is simply breathtaking.
Mid-Atlantic Christian University: North Carolina is not even in the Mid-Atlantic, but the effort is greatly appreciated and noted.
Pfeiffer University: The nickname of the school is the Falcons, which might not be an alliteration, but ingeniously utilizes the “f” sounding Pfeiffer to make you think it is alliterated. And if that isn’t enough, the mascot is named Freddie, which boosts points in the alliteration department.
Queens University of Charlotte: Since no Kings University exists in North Carolina, by default the Queen is the highest authority.
St. Andrews University: The university could have easily made a mistake and called it St. Andrew’s University, but they smartly avoided that pitfall, showcasing some great insight and critical-thinking.
St. Augustine’s University: This university could have easily made a mistake and called it St. Augustine University, but they smartly avoided that pitfall, showcasing some great insight and critical-thinking.
Shaw University: One of Shaw University’s school colors is garnet, and that distinction they chose instead of settling with maroon or dark red is impressive.
Wake Forest University: A test-optional school, which makes up for their participation in the National athletic scandal in 2019.
Wingate University: Mascots are important, and respecting them is even more important. That is why Wingate University is the best college in North Carolina, because they gave their mascot a full, christian name: Victor E. Bulldog. What the E stands for, we may never know.
Every school listed clearly has a well-defined and thought out argument for why they are the best college in North Carolina. Every argument is equal in terms of weight and importance, and at no point are the claims made sarcastic, intentionally witty, or humorous. In all seriousness, North Carolina houses an incredibly diverse college education system with some of the best schools in the world, and you cannot go wrong with these appreciable options. ●
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