Have you thought about pursuing graduate programs in North Carolina? The Old North State, as it is also called, is the 28th largest state and the 9th most populous. This state is a great place to enjoy many recreational activities. Tourists particularly appreciate the beautiful coastal beaches for swimming, Mountain slopes for skiing, and plenty of rivers and streams for canoeing or fishing. The state consists of 1,500 lakes of 10 acres or more in size and 37,000 miles of fresh water streams.i
The climate in North Carolina is mainly mild in the winter and moderate in the summer if you’re by the coastal plain. The western section of the state is a part of the Appalachian Mountain Range and is the coolest area in the state. The state welcomes millions of tourists to the western part to see the Appalachian Mountains and the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville every year. Built between 1889 and 1895, the Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned house in the nation. A few of the largest municipalities in the state are Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham. Home to both Bank of America & Wells Fargo’s operational headquarters, Charlotte is a major US financial center. Other than being the state’s capital, Raleigh is home to the first state owned art museum in the nation. Not too far from Raleigh is Durham which ranked in 2013 as number 10 in Forbes list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.ii
If North Carolina sounds like a great place to study and live, you may want to pursue your graduate degree options in the area.