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.
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August 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 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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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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Celebrate the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle with vendors, food trucks, free food samples and live music.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Armory
220 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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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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This back-to-school celebration features indoor and outdoor eating areas, kids' activities, music and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn at Southpoint
7007 Fayetteville Rd.
Durham, NC  27713
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Enjoy a back-to-school event featuring a food truck rodeo, inside and outside eating areas, kids' activities and more. Take a non-perishable food item for Back Pack Buddies, an Inter-Faith...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn at Southpoint
7007 Fayetteville Rd.
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: Spectacular Magazine
Telephone: 919-916-1640
Contact Name: Phyllis Coley
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The Arc of the Triangle, Allegiant Air and The Arc of the North Carolina will co-host a Wings for Autism® event at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in partnership with the Transportation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
2400 John Brantley Blvd.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Telephone: 919-942-5119 x117
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The Arc of the Triangle, Allegiant Air and The Arc of the North Carolina will co-host a Wings for Autism® event at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in partnership with the Transportation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
2400 John Brantley Blvd.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Telephone: 919-942-5119 x117
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The Arc of the Triangle, Allegiant Air and The Arc of the North Carolina will co-host a Wings for Autism event at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in partnership with the Transportation...

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh-Durham International Airport
2400 John Brantley Blvd.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Telephone: 919-942-5119 x117
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Discover how farmers preserved their food in the days before refrigeration. Learn about drying, pickling, canning and other techniques. All ages.  ages. Registration not...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Tour the farm, spend time with farmers who care about the environment and meet friendly animals. Tickets must be purchased online; the farm is not open for drop-ins.

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Hux Family Farm
1923 Shaw Rd.
Durham, NC  27704
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Learn about the importance of trees through games and hands-on activities. Make paper and  discover the goods that we get from trees. All ages with adult. Registration required...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Crowder County Park
Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Sunday, August 19, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 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...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675

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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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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Study the vital role that wetland ecosystems play. Net macroinvertebrates, learn how to identify them and discuss their value in the aquatic environment. Wander through some of Lake...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 191-946-03355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Enjoy activities inspired by the boo, "Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf," by Judy Sierra. Ages 4-9. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Hillsborough Library
137 West Margaret Ln.
Inside McDougle Middle School
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Library
Telephone: 191-924-52525
Contact Name: Beth Hawkins
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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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Read the story by Eric Carle, and practice counting and observing similarities and differences.  A short walk to look for crickets and other insects. Ages 18 months-3 years with adult....

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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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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Weekly basic skills cooking class for children aged 5-10 at Whole Foods North Raleigh.  This free class meets each Tuesday at 4 p.m. and is offered by registering in advance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods Market (North Raleigh)
8710 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Low-cost microcontrollers, such as the Arduino, have revolutionized the way we connect the real and virtual worlds. Learn Arduino programming and create projects using sensors...

Cost: Free

Where:
Parata Systems
106 Roche Dr.
Durham, NC  27703
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Sponsor: TechGirlz
Contact Name: Jenna May
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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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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Read a story about cows, compare cow breeds, and learn about life on a dairy farm. Explore how milk is made into butter, cheese and other yummy products. Wrap up with an ice cream social and taste...

Cost: $7/child

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
Contact Name: Rebecca Cope
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Learn about the exciting process that changes caterpillars into butterflies. Visit the butterfly garden while searching for butterflies and caterpillars!. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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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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Website »

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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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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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Take the fast track to nature in this hands-on study of ecology. Ages 8-12. Register online.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/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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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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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living dinosaurs. See life-size replicas of adult and baby dinosaurs, dig...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Personality Festival is a Roxboro tradition. Enjoy amusements rides along Main Street, food vendors, singers, dancers, craft and merchandise vendors, local businesses and more. Little Miss...

Cost: Free

Where:
Uptown Roxboro
211 N. Main St.
Roxboro, NC  27573
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Sponsor: Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 336-599-8333
Contact Name: Melissa
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. Choose course #117241

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Take the family for a night of jigs, reels and anything Celtic. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Carrboro Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Celebrate the end of the "dog days of summer" by joining a park naturalist for an evening hike around the millpond. Learn tips for observing wildlife and find out ways to identify the...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-400-3288
Contact Name: Rebecca Cope
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Take a moonlit stroll down the Trail to the Beaver Creek bridge and back, listening and looking for nocturnal animals. Linger on the bridge to enjoy the wonderful sounds of nature and play some fun...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-2117
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Morehead Planetarium presents a night of West African storytelling and stargazing at Historic Stagville. Learn about the oral tradition that might have been preserved by enslaved families. After...

Cost: Free. Donations welcome.

Where:
Stagville State Historic Site
5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
Durham, NC  27712
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Telephone: 191-962-00120
Contact Name: Vera Cecelski
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Camp Gladiator takes over the Durham Bulls Athletic Park featuring fun workouts designed for all fitness levels. Enjoy local vendors, music, food, gear and tons of giveaways....

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
409 Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Camp Gladiator
Telephone: 919-538-7606
Contact Name: Marisa Park
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Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living dinosaurs. See life-size replicas of adult and baby dinosaurs, dig...

Cost: $20-$34

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy a unique weekend celebrating the history of Tweetsie Railroad, the ET&WNC Railroad and mountain culture.

Cost: $0-$45

Where:
Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln.
Blowing Rock, NC  28605
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Sponsor: Tweetsie Railroad
Telephone: 180-052-65740
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Hundreds of artisans from across the Southeast, festival foods, demonstrations, a kids' play area and live music highlight the town's signature arts and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Campus
316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27513
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Stretch your way into creative and silly poses. Share fun memories from the summer, like building sand castles, spitting watermelon seeds, and diving into the swimming pool with our friends,...

Cost: $20 -$25

Where:
Funny Girl Farm
504 Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27707
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Telephone: 984-377-3113
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The Salvation Army of Wake County’s 7th annual Most Amazing Race Raleigh will take place Saturday, August 25 at popular locations throughout downtown Raleigh. The scavenger-hunt-like race is...

Cost: Teams must raise $300 to participate

Where:
The Salvation Army of Wake County Corps Community Center
902 Wake Forest Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead. Don't miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race. This event features live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands-on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Enjoy backpacks and school supplies while they last. Sponsored by Word of Truth St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church and Carolina Pines Community Center.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carolina Pines Community Center
2305 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Word of Truth St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church & Carolina Pines Comm Center
Telephone: (919) 831-6435
Contact Name: Tonya Henderson

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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/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 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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Website »

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Personality Festival is a Roxboro tradition. Enjoy amusements rides along Main Street, food vendors, singers, dancers, craft and merchandise vendors, local businesses and more. Little Miss...

Cost: Free

Where:
Uptown Roxboro
211 N. Main St.
Roxboro, NC  27573
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Sponsor: Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 336-599-8333
Contact Name: Melissa
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Children's booksellers read their favorite picture books. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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The first Holly Springs Children's Business Fair allows children in Holly Springs and surrounding communities to showcase their entrepreneurial skills by launching their own business. Children...

Cost: Free

Where:
Holly Springs Towne Center
NC55 & New Hill Rd.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Infinity Educators, LLC
Telephone: 919-694-1908
Contact Name: Charlene Y. Dunn
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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View the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history and aspects of its preservation. All ages. Registration encouraged online; tickets available inside...

Cost: $5/adult, $3/ ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger.

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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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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Join staff for a morning in the gardens. Take a peek at a mini pond, composting area, pollinator garden and children’s garden. Ages 5 and older with family. Register online. 

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Enjoy giveaways, live entertainment, food, inflatables and more. Dog-friendly event.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Pine Plaza
US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Lake Pine Plaza
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster

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Enjoy live music. Take a blanket or lawn chairs. Pets and alcohol not permitted.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre
2600 Evans Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: The Halle Cultural Arts Center
Telephone: (919) 249-1120
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