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$2.5 BILLION IN COMBINED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENDITURES IN 2014 BY DUKE, UNC, AND N.C. STATE3

TALENT One of the major reasons for downtown’s rising profile as a tech hub and site for new office development is its strong talent and employment base. Raleigh’s universities and colleges, along with other major research universities and higher education institutions in the region, help drive more jobs and companies to downtown.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY: •5  th in Best Value Among Public Universities¹ • 5th in Computer Engineering Degrees Awarded² • 9th Among all U.S. Engineering College in Number of B.S. Degrees Awarded² SHAW UNIVERSITY: • Opened Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in downtown Raleigh •F  irst historically Black institution of higher education in the south and among the oldest in the nation

CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW SCHOOL: •O  pened Community Law Clinic in 2016 in downtown for free legal help for those referred by area nonprofits

MEREDITH COLLEGE: • Top 25% of Liberal Arts Colleges by High School Counselors1 Approximately 100,000 STUDENTS attend Triangle universities, providing cutting edge research and a well-trained workforce. In addition to the strong academic institutions near downtown, the region boasts several other prestigious universities:

WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY: • #1 nationally for student internships1

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL: •#  5 Top Public University in the nation1

DUKE UNIVERSITY: ST. AUGUSTINE’S UNIVERSITY: •R  anked in Top 50 Historically Black Colleges and Universities1

• #8 Overall Top University in the nation1

N.C. CENTRAL UNIVERSITY: •#  12 Top Historically Black Colleges and Universities1

¹U.S. News and World Report ²American Association of Engineering Education 3National Science Foundation

2018 State of Downtown Raleigh Report  
2018 State of Downtown Raleigh Report