Applying to College? Get an Inside Look at 21 NC Private Colleges


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The college search and application process can seem daunting for many families. Given the abundance of online college-related data, it's never been easier to find information on your prospective schools; yet it has also become increasingly difficult to discern useful from misleading information. This can leave families and students frustrated with their college search.

To bring greater clarity to this process, College Transitions 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 with an objective, inside look into the 21 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. For additional college admissions-related data and information, please visit www.collegetransitions.com. Also, if you are considering public schools in North Carolina browse An Inside Look at 16 UNC Schools.

Data sources include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), institutional websites, COLLEGEdata, and the College Board. Each private college and university 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; Catawba College; Davidson College; Duke University; Elon University; Gardner-Webb University; Guilford College; High Point University; Johnson C. Smith University; Johnson & Wales University; Lees-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

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,495
  • Freshman class size: 308
  • Four-year graduation rate: 35 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 41 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 60 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: belmontabbeycollege.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 1,967
  • Acceptance rate: 68 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.16
  • *SAT math average: 509
  • *SAT critical reading average: 510
  • *ACT composite average: 22
  • Class rank top 10th: N/A
  • Class rank top 25th: N/A

*Belmont Abbey College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

Brevard College

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 729
  • Freshman class size: 246
  • Four-year graduation rate: 26 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 35 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 58 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: brevard.edu/apply-for-admission
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 3,215
  • Acceptance rate: 41 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.07
  • *SAT math average: 483
  • *SAT critical reading average: 507
  • *ACT composite average: 20
  • Class rank top 10th: 6 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 24 percent

*Brevard College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

Campbell University

Type of school: Medium-sized private university and liberal arts college (Buies Creek)
Degrees available: Associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 4,455
  • Freshman class size: 956
  • Four-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: campbell.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 6,626
  • Acceptance rate: 73 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.4
  • SAT math average: 545
  • SAT critical reading average: 541
  • ACT composite average: N/A
  • Class rank top 10th: N/A
  • Class rank top 25th: N/A

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

Catawba College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Salisbury)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,270
  • Freshman class size: 311
  • Four-year graduation rate: 39 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: catawba.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,117
  • Acceptance rate: 32 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.66
  • *SAT math average: 500
  • *SAT critical reading average: 490
  • *ACT composite average: 21
  • Class rank top 10th: 13 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 39 percent

*Catawba College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • Geographic residence
  • Work experience

Davidson College

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,784
  • Freshman class size: 510
  • Four-year graduation rate: 90 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 93 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 93 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 96 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid
  • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 5
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Early decision I deadline: Nov. 15
  • Early decision II deadline: Jan. 2
  • Entrance difficulty: Very
  • Total applicants: 5,382
  • Acceptance rate: 22 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.0
  • SAT math average: 675
  • SAT critical reading average: 672
  • ACT composite average: 30
  • Class rank top 10th: 55 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 91 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

Duke University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 6,639
  • Freshman class size: 1,746
  • Four-year graduation rate: 86 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 93 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 95 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 97 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.duke.edu
  • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 3
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Early decision deadline: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Most
  • Total applicants: 31,220
  • Acceptance rate: 11 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • SAT math average: 740
  • SAT critical reading average: 715
  • ACT composite average: 33
  • Class rank top 10th: 91 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 98 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

Elon University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 5,903
  • Freshman class size: 1,524
  • Four-year graduation rate: 79 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 83 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 83 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 90 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: elon.edu/e/admissions/undergraduate/index.html
  • Regular decision deadline: Jan. 10
  • Early action deadline: Nov. 10
  • Early decision: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 10,256
  • Acceptance rate: 57 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.97
  • SAT math average: 601
  • SAT critical reading average: 597
  • ACT composite average: 27
  • Class rank top 10th: 24 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 58 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Alumni relation
  • Work experience

Gardner-Webb University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 2,636
  • Freshman class size: 460
  • Four-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 73 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: gardner-webb.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/undergraduate-admissions/index
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,866
  • Acceptance rate: 53 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.78
  • SAT math average: 495
  • SAT critical reading average: 485
  • ACT composite average: 21
  • Class rank top 10th: 23 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 55 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

Guilford College

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,917
  • Freshman class size: 311
  • Four-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 57 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 67 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: guilford.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: Dec. 1
  • Early decision: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 2,782
  • Acceptance rate: 63 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19
  • *SAT math average: 515
  • *SAT critical reading average: 523
  • *ACT composite average: 22
  • Class rank top 10th: 14 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 39 percent

*Guilford College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

High Point University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 4,371
  • Freshman class size: 1,362
  • Four-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 65 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 65 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 81 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: highpoint.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: March 15
  • Early action deadline: Nov. 14
  • Early decision I deadline: Nov. 2
  • Early decision II deadline: Feb. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 10,910
  • Acceptance rate: 72 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.23
  • SAT math average: 556
  • SAT critical reading average: 552
  • ACT composite average: 24
  • Class rank top 10th: 25 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 54 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high 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 C. Smith University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,375
  • Freshman class size: 334
  • Four-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 68 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: jcsu.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 4,346
  • Acceptance rate: 46 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.78
  • SAT math average: 396
  • SAT critical reading average: 394
  • ACT composite average: 17
  • Class rank top 10th: 5 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 15 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

Johnson & Wales University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 2,218
  • Freshman class size: 700
  • Four-year graduation rate: 39 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 49 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 76 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 23:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: jwu.edu/campuses/charlotte/admissions-and-aid/index.html
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 4,537
  • Acceptance rate: 72 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19
  • SAT math average: N/A
  • SAT critical reading average: N/A
  • ACT composite average: N/A
  • Class rank top 10th: N/A
  • Class rank top 25th: N/A

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Class rank
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities

Lees-McRae College

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,033
  • Freshman class size: 197
  • Four-year graduation rate: 30 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 63 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: lmc.edu/admissions/index.htm
  • Regular decision deadline: April 10
  • Early action deadline: Dec. 1
  • Early Decision deadline: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 1,400
  • Acceptance rate: 67 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.29
  • *SAT math average: 470
  • *SAT critical reading average: 480
  • *ACT composite average: 21
  • Class rank top 10th: 6 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 22 percent

*Lees-McRae College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Academic GPA

 

Lenoir-Rhyne University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,587
  • Freshman class size: 448
  • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 64 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: lr.edu/admission/undergraduate
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: Nov. 7
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,994
  • Acceptance rate: 84 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.29
  • SAT math average: 498
  • SAT critical reading average: 485
  • ACT composite average: N/A
  • Class rank top 10th: N/A
  • Class rank top 25th: N/A

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

 

Mars Hill University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,395
  • Freshman class size: 385
  • Four-year graduation rate: 18 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 31 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 59 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: mhu.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,010
  • Acceptance rate: 61 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.24
  • SAT math average: 453
  • SAT critical reading average: 462
  • ACT composite average: 20
  • Class rank top 10th: 5 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 19 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

Meredith College

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,679
  • Freshman class size: 438
  • Four-year graduation rate: 55 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 62 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 62 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 79 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: meredith.edu/admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Feb. 15
  • Early action deadline: Dec. 1
  • Early decision: Oct. 30
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 1,721
  • Acceptance rate: 60 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.35
  • SAT math average: 515
  • SAT critical reading average: 510
  • ACT composite average: 23
  • Class rank top 10th: 20 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 48 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high 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

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 917
  • Freshman class size: 160
  • Four-year graduation rate: 32 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 41 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 69 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: pfeiffer.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 1,627
  • Acceptance rate: 47 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.20
  • *SAT math average: 479
  • *SAT critical reading average: 458
  • *ACT composite average: 19
  • Class rank top 10th: 8 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 28 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high 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

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,641
  • Freshman class size: 281
  • Four-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 52 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: queens.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid.html
  • Regular decision deadline: March 1
  • Early action deadline: Dec. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 2,111
  • Acceptance rate: 67 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.71
  • SAT math average: 524
  • SAT critical reading average: 529
  • ACT composite average: 23
  • Class rank top 10th: 15 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 44 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • First generation to attend college
  • Alumni relation
  • Work experience

Wake Forest University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 4,871
  • Freshman class size: 1,284
  • Four-year graduation rate: 82 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 87 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 88 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 93 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.wfu.edu
  • Regular decision deadline: Jan.1
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Early Decision I: Nov. 15
  • Early Decision II: Jan.1
  • Entrance difficulty: Very
  • Total applicants: 13,281
  • Acceptance rate: 29 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • *SAT math average: 665
  • *SAT critical reading average: 640
  • *ACT composite average: N/A
  • Class rank top 10th: 77 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 93 percent

*Wake Forest University is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

Warren Wilson College

Type of school: Small liberal arts college (Asheville)
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Work college

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 753
  • Freshman class size: 195
  • Four-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 52 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 64 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: warren-wilson.edu/admission
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: Nov. 15
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 809
  • Acceptance rate: 84 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • *SAT math average: 530
  • *SAT critical reading average: 585
  • *ACT composite average: 25
  • Class rank top 10th: 17 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 18 percent

*Warren Wilson College is a test-optional institution and students are not required to submit test scores for admission.

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Recommendations
  • Essay

Wingate University

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

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 2,023
  • Freshman class size: 664
  • Four-year graduation rate: 40 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 54 percent
  • Freshmen retention rate: 73 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: wingate.edu/office-of-admissions
  • Regular decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 8,018
  • Acceptance rate: 70 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.41
  • SAT math average: 517
  • SAT critical reading average: 502
  • ACT composite average: 22
  • Class rank top 10th: 22 percent
  • Class rank top 25th: 50 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

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

How Is Entrance Difficulty Figured?

Entrance difficulty is a measure of the academic qualifications of recently enrolled freshmen and the proportion of applicants who are admitted. The greater the entrance difficulty, the higher the class rank and test scores of enrolled freshmen and the lower the percentage of applicants admitted. At public institutions, the entrance difficulty used applies to residents. At many public institutions, particularly the more selective ones, entrance is more difficult for nonresidents than for residents. Each college reports its entrance difficulty, choosing the category that best matches from the following:
 
Most Difficult More than 75 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT; about 30 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Very Difficult More than 50 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT or over 26 on the ACT; about 60 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Moderately Difficult More than 75 percent of freshmen were in the top 50 percent of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT; about 85 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Minimally Difficult Most freshmen were not in the top 50 percent of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95 of all applicants accepted.
Noncompetitive Virtually all applicants accepted regardless of high school rank or test scores.
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May 2018

Run Club meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. in Midtown Raleigh or Wake Forest. Stroller friendly; children invited. 

Cost: $10/run or $100/annual pass

Where:
Optimist Park Community Center/Greenways
5900 Whittier Drive
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM
Telephone: 919-348-0472
Contact Name: Missy Currin
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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
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Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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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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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Enjoy an Art Market with more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors from across North Carolina and the nation; Kidsplosure, showcasing multiple interactive educational...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Fayetteville St.
, NC  27601
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Andia's Homemade Ice Cream and its owners Andia and George Xouris offer a day of family fun to thank patrons for their unwavering support since the shop's opening in July...

Cost: Free

Where:
Andia's Homemade Ice Cream
10120 Green Level Church Rd.
Cary, NC  27519
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Enjoy live entertainment, hands-on projects and gallery hunts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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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), Age 6 & under free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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For almost 200 years, farmers brought their wheat and corn to what is now Yates Mill to have their grains ground into flour and meal. Today, you can stop by the Yates Mill visitor center to see a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Get in the driver's seat with a free hands-on experience with vehicles of all kinds.  We will have local representatives and their vehicles from emergency, construction, landscaping,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Town of Apex
Telephone: 919-249-3507
Contact Name: Allie Prelaske
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Want to do more to help out your community park? Do you like history, the environment, agriculture, and/or the arts? Consider volunteering at Yates Mill! Join us anytime during the program time to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Carolina Ballet presents the beautiful fairytale featuring stunning visuals and musical compositions. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $32 and up

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601


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Take the family to play bingo and enjoy prizes. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Green St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents the tale of Emma Katz, the toughest Viking in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, who goes on a quest to save her town -- and herself. Purchase...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC
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Enjoy a Zumba Kids class as a fundraiser for the future Carolina Children's Museum in southwest Wake County area. Enjoy movement, music, instruments and fun...

Cost: $10

Where:
Devils Ridge Golf Club (Homestead Room)
5107 Linksland Drive
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Carolina Children's Museum
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Children with special needs and their families enjoy an afternoon of boating. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #111595.

Cost: $7/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Children with special needs and their families enjoy an afternoon of boating. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #111595.

Cost: $7/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
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Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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Take a closer look at bees and their relationship with flowers. Discuss bee conservation, the wide range of bee species, and the differences between them. Learn how to make your yard or garden...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 191-946-03355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Weekly basic skills cooking class offered for children ages 5-10 at Whole Foods North Raleigh.  This free class meets at the cafe each Tuesday at 4 p.m. and is offered by registering...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods Market (North Raleigh)
8710 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Children with special needs and their families enjoy an afternoon of boating. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #111595.

Cost: $7/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Come celebrate Turtle Day by stopping by the park’s visitor’s center to learn some cool facts about North Carolina’s turtles! Meet our live park ambassador – Frankie the Turtle – and play...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
View map »


Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
Website »

More information

This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Learn all about frogs and toads while investigating real live tadpoles. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online at http://apm.activecommunities.com/wakeparks/Activity_Search/2711.

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
View map »


Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
Website »

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Join us at Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro every Thursday at 10 a.m. for a casual storytime on the porch or even out in the yard. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatham Marketplace
480 Hillsboro St.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Sponsor: Chatham Marketplace
Telephone: 919-542-2643
Contact Name: Craig Kolman
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Enjoy an easy-paced and stroller-friendly walk along the greenway. Suggested for ages 3 and younger with parent. Register online. Choose course #219869.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn parenting strategies to help a child with special needs. Register online. Choose course #111592.

Cost: $11/resident, $15/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Decorate a walking stick to use on your nature hikes. Repurpose some invasive bamboo canes to paint and wrap with string. The result will be a personalized walking stick perfect for using to...

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
Telephone: (919) 870-2871
Contact Name: Nikki Jones
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For families and visitors requiring special accommodations, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Exploration Center will stay open late for visitation during a quieter...

Cost: Event free; $3/person for featured exhibition

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
View map »


Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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Explore the gardens to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Ages 3-5 with...

Cost: Free for Arboretum Family members, $5.00 per child for nonmembers.

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Campus Box 7212
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot air...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

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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Bats are the world's only flying mammals, and having wings is only one of the adaptations that make them unique. Discover just how special bats are during this evening program.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 191-946-03355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot air...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Website »

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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
View map »


Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
Website »

More information

Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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​CraZBrain Science Track out and Summer Camps has expanded to Holly Springs. Tour the facility, try out some activities and meet staff members This drop-in event is free; parental...

Cost: Free

Where:
CraZBrain - Holly Springs
333 Earnie Lane
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: CraZBrain
Telephone: 919-357-2200
Contact Name: Aaron Rothrock
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Learn what geocaching is all about and find a geocache in the park. Take your own unit or smart phone with a geocache app or borrow one from the park. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the Cypress...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Ratty, Badger, and Mr. Toad love spending leisurely summer days going boating. Folks coming to Yates Mill did, too! One never knows what sorts of adventures a simple day on the water can bring....

Cost: $2.00 per person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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The VFW Post 7383 honors veterans by handing out Buddy Poppies, the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, answering questions and providing other information, in front of...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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), Age 6 & under free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Ride on a diesel-powered train and enjoy festivities in the rail yard. Enjoy a beach-themed cookout complete with grilled shrimp, chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and non-alcoholic tropical...

Cost: $12/adult, $10 ages 2-12. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Join a nature instructor to look for signs of deer like antler rubbings, tracks and scat.  Decorate deer tracks to take home and play fun games to learn more about these magnificent mammals....

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Durant Nature Preserve
Telephone: 919-870-2871
Contact Name: Nikki Jones
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn how salamanders compare with their reptile cousins. Ages 5 and older. Register online at http://apm.activecommunities.com/wakeparks/Activity_Search/2724.

Cost: $1/participant

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Children in grades K-5 enjoy an art-filled afternoon. Materials provided. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Dr.
Apex, NC  27502
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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: $10.00 per boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy an old-fashioned Memorial Day event on the lawn of the historic house that includes  barbecue (chicken or pork) and fixins, old-school relay games, prizes and fun. Tickets must...

Cost: $20-$25.

Where:
CocoFARM
960 Luther Rd.
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: CocoFARM
Telephone: 919-985-1865
Contact Name: Corrie Burton
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Celebrate the season opener by enjoying live music under the pines. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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