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Prioritizing Higher Education

In 1789, North Carolina chartered the first public university in the country, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This first university has grown into a system of 17 campuses, growing as the economy shifted over time and required new kinds of workforce skills. The state continues to invest more in its systems of higher education than any other state in the south.

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  • The Constitution, or Form of Government, Agreed to, and Resolved Upon, by the Representatives of the Freemen of the State of North Carolina. Philadelphia: Printed by F. Bailey, 1779. Title page. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • 1776 NC State Constitution. Courtesy of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Chromolithograph by E. Valois & Rau, circa 1861. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • Panorama overview (McCorkle Place), 1912-1913. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library
  • North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts freshman class posing with agricultural machinery, 1909. Item 0050087. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Agricultural and Mechanical College, Biological laboratory, Greensboro, N.C., 1899? Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-61855
  • The First Editorial Board of the State Normal Magazine, 1897. Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • State Normal School, Greensboro, NC, from the 1896-1898 Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of North Carolina. Government & Heritage Library, State Library of NC
  • North Carolina State College Minerals Research Laboratory in Asheville, N.C., April 1960. Item 0008201. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • Two students walking down ramp in front of Broughton Hall, North Carolina State College, circa 1964. Item 0001795. Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • UNC School of the Arts. Courtesy of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
  • North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Courtesy of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.
  • Western Carolina University. Courtesy of Western Carolina University.
  • Wake Forest students cross Manchester Plaza on their way to class on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Courtesy of Wake Forest University. Photographer: Ken Bennett
  • Duke University fall view of students walking past Perkins Library tower. Courtesy of Duke University.
  • Engineering students. Courtesy of NC State University Communications.
  • UNCG. Courtesy of University of North Carolina at Greensboro Photographers.

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