Applying to College? Get an Inside Look at 20 NC Private Colleges

Browse profiles on everything from from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years


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Interested in learning more about what it takes to earn admission into any one of the 20 most popular private four-year colleges in North Carolina? Look no further than the list below, highlighting the most up-to-date admission statistics for private colleges across the Tar Heel state.

The College Transitions team has compiled data from several reliable sources to create institutional profiles for North Carolina's most popular private colleges and universities. In sum, these profiles provide North Carolina students and their families an objective, inside look into 20 diverse private institutions in our state. Profiles detail everything from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years. 

Data sources include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, institutional websites, COLLEGEdata and the College Board. Each institution is listed below and schools are presented in alphabetical order:

Jump to the school you're interested in: Belmont Abbey College; Brevard College; Campbell University; Davidson College; Duke University; Elon University; Gardner-Webb University; Guilford College; High Point University; Johnson & Wales University; Johnson C. Smith UniversityLees-McRae College; Lenoir-Rhyne University; Mars Hill University; Meredith College; Pfeiffer University; Queens University of Charlotte; Wake Forest University; Warren Wilson College; Wingate University

For admissions information on all 16 four-year UNC institutions, click here.

 

Belmont Abbey College

Location: Belmont
Type of school: Small liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,406
  • Freshman class size: 358
  • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 42 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 61 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: belmontabbeycollege.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 1,559
  • Acceptance rate: 97 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 440
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 530
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 440
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 24
  • High school class rank top 10th: N/A
  • High school class rank top quarter: N/A
  • High school class rank top half: N/A

Important Factors

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

Brevard College

Location: Brevard
Type of school: Small liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 693
  • Freshman class size: 231
  • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 45 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 49 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: brevard.edu/admission-aid
  • Total applicants: 2,747
  • Acceptance rate: 42 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.07
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 520
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 530
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 22
  • High school class rank top 10th: 4 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 17 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 47 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Class rank
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability

Campbell University

Location: Buies Creek
Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 3,737
  • Freshman class size: 884
  • Four-year graduation rate: 40 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 55 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 72 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: campbell.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 6,558
  • Acceptance rate: 81 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.40
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 450
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 560
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 570
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 19
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25
  • High school class rank top 10th: N/A
  • High school class rank top quarter: N/A
  • High school class rank top half: N/A

Important Factors

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Interview
  • Particular/talent/ability

Davidson College

Location: Davidson
Type of school: Small liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,796
  • Freshman class size: 514
  • Four-year graduation rate: 91 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 95 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 95 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 94 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid
  • Total applicants: 5,618
  • Acceptance rate: 20 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.90
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 630
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 720
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 620
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 720
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 28
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 33
  • High school class rank top 10th: 77 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 95 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 99 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Duke University

Location: Durham
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 6,577
  • Freshman class size: 1,723
  • Four-year graduation rate: 86 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 93 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 95 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 97 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.duke.edu
  • Total applicants: 31,671
  • Acceptance rate: 11 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 680
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 770
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 700
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 800
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 31
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 34
  • High school class rank top 10th: 91 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 97 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 99 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Elon University

Location: Elon
Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 5,854
  • Freshman class size: 1,553
  • Four-year graduation rate: 77 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 81 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 82 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 91 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: elon.edu/u/nav-admissions
  • Total applicants: 10,098
  • Acceptance rate: 60 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.03 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 550
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 640
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 550
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 640
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 25
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 29
  • High school class rank top 10th: 29 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 62 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 89 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Relation with alumnus
  • Work experience

Gardner-Webb University

Location: Boiling Springs
Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,908
  • Freshman class size: 444
  • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 67 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: gardner-webb.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid
  • Total applicants: 4,310
  • Acceptance rate: 52 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.74
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 430
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 550
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 430
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 24
  • High school class rank top 10th: 23 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 55 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 83 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities

Guilford College

Location: Greensboro
Type of school: Small liberal arts college
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,560
  • Freshman class size: 421
  • Four-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: guilford.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 3,321
  • Acceptance rate: 61 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.18
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 440
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 590
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 430
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 570
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 19
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
  • High school class rank top 10th: 10 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 29 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 67 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Essay 
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Character/personal qualities

High Point University

Location: High Point
Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 4,508
  • Freshman class size: 1,382
  • Four-year graduation rate: 60 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 64 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 64 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 82 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying 

  • Admissions website: highpoint.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 9,683
  • Acceptance rate: 79 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.27
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 492
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 595
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 503
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 605
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 21
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
  • High school class rank top 10th: 17 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 46 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 81 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • Work experience

Johnson & Wales University

Location: Charlotte
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 2,063
  • Freshman class size: 653
  • Four-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 69 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 22:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: jwu.edu/campuses/charlotte/admissions-and-aid/index.html
  • Total applicants: 5,658
  • Acceptance rate: 82 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: N/A
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: N/A
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: N/A
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: N/A
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: N/A
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: N/A
  • High school class rank top 10th: N/A
  • High school class rank top quarter: N/A
  • High school class rank top half: N/A

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Class rank
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities

Johnson C. Smith University

Location: Charlotte
Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,248
  • Freshman class size: 301
  • Four-year graduation rate: 41 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 51 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 65 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: jcsu.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 5,841
  • Acceptance rate: 45 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.84
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 380
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 460
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 360
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 455
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 15
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 19
  • High school class rank top 10th: 5 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 20 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 51 percent

Important Factors

  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Character/personal qualities

Lees-McRae College

Location: Banner Elk
Type of school: Small liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 978
  • Freshman class size: 187
  • Four-year graduation rate: 33 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 58 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: lmc.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 1,531
  • Acceptance rate: 63 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.48 (based on weighted GPAs)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 440
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 580
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 450
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 23
  • High school class rank top 10th: 11 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 27 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 55 percent

Important Factors

  • Academic GPA

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Location: Hickory
Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,453
  • Freshman class size: 464
  • Four-year graduation rate: 35 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 45 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 72 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: lr.edu/admission/undergraduate
  • Total applicants: 6,300
  • Acceptance rate: 70 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.26
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 430
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 540
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 440
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 550
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: N/A
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: N/A
  • High school class rank top 10th: N/A
  • High school class rank top quarter: N/A
  • High school class rank top half: N/A

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay

Mars Hill University

Location: Mars Hill
Type of school: Small liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,264
  • Freshman class size: 394
  • Four-year graduation rate: 23 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 32 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 57 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: mhu.edu/future-students/traditional-undergraduate
  • Total applicants: 3,153
  • Acceptance rate: 57 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.24
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 520
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 520
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 22
  • High school class rank top 10th: 7 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 25 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 64 percent

Important Factors

  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities

Meredith College

Location: Raleigh
Type of school: Small liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: All female

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,616
  • Freshman class size: 422
  • Four-year graduation rate: 52 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 60 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 78 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: meredith.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 1,923
  • Acceptance rate: 61 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.34
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 460
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 563
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 460
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 21
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
  • High school class rank top 10th: 23 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 48 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 83 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Pfeiffer University

Location: Misenheimer
Type of school: Small university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 739
  • Freshman class size: 179
  • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 37 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 60 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: pfeiffer.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions
  • Total applicants: 2,109
  • Acceptance rate: 44 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.20
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 500
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 410
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 520
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 22
  • High school class rank top 10th: 8 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 28 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 62 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Queens University of Charlotte

Location: Charlotte
Type of school: Small university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 1,307
  • Freshman class size: 279
  • Four-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 77 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: queens.edu/admissions-aid
  • Total applicants: 1,641
  • Acceptance rate: 83 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.71
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 470
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 570
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 570
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 21
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
  • High school class rank top 10th: 16 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 43 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 78 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • First generation to attend college
  • Relation with alumnus
  • Work experience

Wake Forest University

Location: Winston-Salem
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 4,900
  • Freshman class size: 1,304
  • Four-year graduation rate: 84 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 87 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 88 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 95 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.wfu.edu
  • Total applicants: 14,006
  • Acceptance rate: 30 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 600
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 700
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 640
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 740
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 28
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 32
  • High school class rank top 10th: 78 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 92 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 97 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Warren Wilson College

Location: Swannanoa
Type of school: Small liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Work college

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 644
  • Freshman class size: 185
  • Four-year graduation rate: 45 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 51 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 59 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: warren-wilson.edu/admission
  • Total applicants: 948
  • Acceptance rate: 82 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 518
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 650
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 590
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 21
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28
  • High school class rank top 10th: 14 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 37 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 69 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Recommendations
  • Essay

Wingate University

Location: Wingate
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total full-time undergrads: 2,044
  • Freshman class size: 625
  • Four-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 51 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 54 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 77 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: wingate.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 7,581
  • Acceptance rate: 70 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.43
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 470
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 560
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 570
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25
  • High school class rank top 10th: 24 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 53 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 85 percent

Important Factors

  • Rigor of secondary school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations

 

Updated on Nov. 6, 2018.

 

Michael Trivette, Ph.D., is a co-founder of College Transitions, a team of college planning experts committed to guiding families through the college admissions process. He is also co-author of “The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process.” Learn more at collegetransitions.com.

 

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Discover the joys of fishing at Bass Pro Shops with free fishing seminars, kids crafts and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
201
Cabela Dr.
Garner, NC  27529
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Telephone: 984-204-2200
Contact Name: Tammy Fonda-Quann

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Discover the joys of fishing at Bass Pro Shops with free fishing seminars, kids crafts and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
801 Bass Pro Ln.
Cary, NC  27513
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Telephone: 417-413-9368
Contact Name: Todd Foxx
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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It`s 1863 at Yates Mill, and the yard is alive with activity! Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal.  Tour fee:...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Free/Child (6 - under)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Hop, skip, and jump over to Crowder County Park as we celebrate Father’s Day! Bring the whole family out for an afternoon of games related to nature. Afterwards we’ll cool off with some...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Search for salamanders, birds, deer and more. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #124938.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Practice your recognition skills through sorting, matching, and more! Move like animals in nature and find park critters in a fun scavenger hunt. For ages 18 months - 3 years (with an accompanying...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Drop by the cybrary for storytime with a librarian. Activity Room 4. Preschool and kindergarten ages. No registration necessary. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Cybrary
100 N Greensboro St
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-918-7387
Contact Name: Cybrary
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #124963.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #124691.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Travel 238,900 miles above the earth as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of humans’ first landing on the moon. What's it like to travel in space? With the help of some volunteers, kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Orange County Main Library
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Travel 238,900 miles above the earth as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of humans’ first landing on the moon. What's it like to travel in space? With the help of some volunteers, kids...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Orange County Main Library
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Ages 11 and older with special needs stroll through the woods. Register online. Choose course #124383.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Celebrate our #1 pollinator by learning about the busy bees of Crowder Park. Learn the dances of bees and how they communicate, discover how pollination works, and taste different types of honey....

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Come out to the millpond and fish the old-fashioned way - we'll provide you with a cane pole, tackle, and bait, along with basic instructions and assistance with identifying fish species....

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Preschoolers (ages 3-5 with accompanying adult) learn about different frogs and toads that live in our area and what they sound like.  Make frog sounds, hop along the park trails and look for...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Martha Kane
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Bees are really important in our gardens! Read The Honey Robber and the Bee by Eric Carle and discover the world of bees and honey! Find your fellow bees by following your sense of smell, make a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
IngenuiTea Kombucha Coffee & Tea
514 E Williams St
APEX, NC  27502
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Sponsor: IngenuiTea Brews
Telephone: 919-438-3684
Contact Name: Mark Poole
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Enjoy an out-of-this world space spectacular event. Preschoolers and their families are invited to fly in for space-themed games, crafts, and more. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy yoga and breathing exercises. Register online. Choose course #125022.

Cost: $9/resident, $11/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park Community Center
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Join park staff for an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Bring your own poles or borrow one of ours through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction are provided. All...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide outside to the garden exhibit or into one of the museum galleries. Look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy giant checkers, giant jenga, bubbles, and special art activities in Downtown Park. All other permanent games (ping pong, bocce ball, chess) will continue to be available.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Park
319 S. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Kids ages 6-9 discover the wonders of reptiles that live at the Preserve.  The focus will be hands-on outdoor investigation and the study of living things in their habitat.  In case of...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Marti Kane
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Parent and child ages 2-5 water plants in the native wildflower gardens. Register online. Choose course #124907.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Join Optimist Aquatic Center as thousands of kids and adults around the world unite for the world's largest swimming lesson. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson will celebrate its 10th...

Cost: Free

Where:
Optimist Aquatic Center
5902 Whittier Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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What do Historic Yates Mill County Park and the woodland faeries have in common? They both love nature! Take a short walk near the millpond to search for evidence of faeries (sightings are not...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Enjoy magic, storytelling and origami with Yasu Ishida. Grades K-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy an indoor/outdoor vendor market with food trucks, coffee, live music outside and plenty of fun for all ages.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Pine State Coffee
1614 Automotive Way
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Raleigh Night Market
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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How many fireflies can you catch? Sign up for an evening of summer fun as we catch and release lightning bugs. Explore what gives them a special glow through hands-on discovery, games, and more!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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This celebration of toys features interactive attractions, vendors, toy experiences and more. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $12/person. Free for ages 2 and younger.

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Young homesteaders learn about the importance of animals and pollinators on farms, both historically and today. Visit with animals, and enjoy interactive games, engaging crafts, imaginative face...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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DIY Fest returns with more than 30 artisans and family-friendly activities to support the mission of Durham 150, the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Durham. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Free/Child (6 - under)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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The fair is for women thinking about getting pregnant, currently pregnant, or recently post-partum. Triangle-area organizations will have tables at the fair to share information about resources...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Cooperative Extension
721 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: March of Dimes/Duke Family Medicine
Telephone: 678-246-9027
Contact Name: Courtney Simpson
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. Register online. Choose course #124927.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy all-things blueberry, food trucks, pie-eating contests and more at Vollmer Farms' annual Blueberry Festival. The Back-40 Country Playground will be open and features a...

Cost: $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger

Where:
Vollmer Farm
677 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC  27508
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Sponsor: Vollmer Farm
Telephone: 919-496-3076
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Enjoy a movie under the stars and play games at 7:15 before the movie starts. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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