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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October 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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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Take part in a 10k, 5k or 1-mile-fun-run to raise funds for local mental health research. Register online. The event also features food and kids' activities. Register online.

Cost: $30-$75. Free for ages 5 and younger.

Where:
The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Enjoy pottery demonstrations, kiln openings, raku firings, glass blowing demos, food trucks, live music, a raffle and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cedar Creek Gallery
1150 Fleming Rd.
Creedmoor, NC  27522
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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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Shop antiques, crafts and art, and enjoy food trucks at this artisan and vintage market in downtown Cary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fidelity Bank Parking Lot
100 W. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Contact Name: Leslie & Jessica
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. Register online.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Kids (ages 6-10) learn to identify the tracks and skulls of common animals that live in or near the preserve. Make a plaster cast of a track to take home. Weather permitting, take a hike to...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Explore the uses of pumpkins, past and present, and study pumpkins inside and out. Paint a small pumpkin to take home. All ages. Meet at the Upper Pavilion. Registration required for all family...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Enjoy live music and delicious soups, breads, sandwiches and desserts from some of Chapel Hill and Carrboro's leading chefs. Unique, handcrafted bowls donated by local artists will also be...

Cost: $15-$75

Where:
Weaver Street Market Carrboro
101 E Weaver St
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: TABLE
Telephone: (919) 636-4860
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Join the Raleigh Community Orchestra as it presents its fall concert, “Where Have I Heard That? Music from Cartoons, Commericals, and Classics” for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth, one free youth per adult ticket

Where:
Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Raleigh Community Orchestra
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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Join the Raleigh Community Orchestra as it presents its fall concert, “Where Have I Heard That? Music from Cartoons, Commericals, and Classics” for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth, one free youth per adult ticket

Where:
Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Raleigh Community Orchestra
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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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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This event, designed for academic students with disabilities in grades 6-12 who are performing at or near grade level, gives attendees a chance to meet role models with disabilities who have...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Join the Raleigh Community Orchestra as it presents its fall concert, “Where Have I Heard That? Music from Cartoons, Commericals, and Classics” for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth, one free youth per adult ticket

Where:
Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Raleigh Community Orchestra
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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See Happy Dan perform magic, comedy and more.

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Renaissance Centre
405 Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Join the Raleigh Community Orchestra as it presents its fall concert, “Where Have I Heard That? Music from Cartoons, Commericals, and Classics” for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth, one free youth per adult ticket

Where:
Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Raleigh Community Orchestra
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

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Ages 1-5 and caregiver take a relaxing stroll to experience nature. Register online. 

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Parent and child ages 2-5 water plants in the native wildflower gardens. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy a craft fair presented by the Junior League of Raleigh. See website for hours and to purchase advance tickets.  

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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In this workshop, students will observe that infographics are often used to raise awareness or sell products in social media, and are more easily searched and viewed on the Pinterest platform....

Cost: Free: students must register

Where:
Caktus Group
108 Morris St.
Ste 2
Durham, NC  27701
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Celebrate Raleigh's creativity under the beautiful lights and cobblestone streets of City Market. Find locally-made goods and enjoy a night filled with music and entertainment with over 30...

Cost: Free

Where:
City Market
306 Parham St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Raleigh Night Market
Contact Name: Sara Buxton
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Join the Raleigh Community Orchestra as it presents its fall concert, “Where Have I Heard That? Music from Cartoons, Commericals, and Classics” for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth, one free youth per adult ticket

Where:
Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Raleigh Community Orchestra
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy a craft fair presented by the Junior League of Raleigh. See website for hours and to purchase advance tickets.  

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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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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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Read the book by Rebecca Emberley and build your own monster out of recyclable materials. All ages with adult. Registration required.

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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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
Website »

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Enjoy live German music, traditional Bavarian food and fare, German cars, a "Kinder Platz" zone wiener dog races, nail-driving competitions and more. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27511
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Mothers and sons wear their favorite costumes at this event featuring a costume contest, games, ice cream and dancing. Ages 5-12. Register online. Choose course #116813.

Cost: $21/parent and child pair; $11 additional child

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
123 Middle Creek Park Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Take the family to carve pumpkins and take part in a pumpkin-carving contest later that evening, Prizes awarded for scariest, funniest and most original pumpkin creation. Enjoy a video game...

Cost: Free

Where:
TheeDesign
7901 Strickland Dr.
Suite 112
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: TheeDesign
Telephone: 919-341-8901
Contact Name: Lauren Elliott
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Friday, October 19; 6:00–7:00 p.m. Did you know there are over 40,000 different species of spiders! Join us as we explore a few arachnids found in our park as we search out these 8-legged...

Cost: $1/Person

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850

More information

Join the Raleigh Community Orchestra as it presents its fall concert, “Where Have I Heard That? Music from Cartoons, Commericals, and Classics” for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth, one free youth per adult ticket

Where:
Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Raleigh Community Orchestra
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Take part in a walk to benefit the Triangle Festival of Hope. Proceeds benefit and support caregivers and families living with dementia in North Carolina. The event features live music, kids'...

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Sponsor: Dementia Alliance of North Carolina
Telephone: 919-832-3732
Contact Name: Kacy Hall
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Enjoy a craft fair presented by the Junior League of Raleigh. See website for hours and to purchase advance tickets.  

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take the family for live entertainment, a bounce house, a costume contest, trick or treat training, princess hair braiding, face painting, music and more. The Aspen School's preschool programs...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Aspen School for Exceptional Children
1050 A NW Maynard Road
Cary, NC  27513
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Ages 1-5 and caregiver take a relaxing stroll to experience nature. Register online. 

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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Step back in time with 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Preregistration encouraged. Purchase tickets at the mill. 

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Children ages 6 & un

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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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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Join costumed interpreters Jon and Karena Potter to learn 19th-century country dances. Drop-in program; registration not required.

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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Enjoy a festival celebrating work, food and harvest. This event explores the season for all people on one of North Carolina's largest plantations, through games, music, food,...

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
Durham, NC  27712
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Enjoy live German music, traditional Bavarian food and fare, German cars, a "Kinder Platz" zone wiener dog races, nail-driving competitions and more. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27511
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Website »

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Triangle Beagle Rescue of NC hosts Beaglefest. Enjoy vendors, food, dog-related games, a dog costume contest, swag, photos with your pup and with beagles. All leashed dogs welcome.

Cost: $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12

Where:
Sunny Acres Pet Resort
5908 US-70 BUS
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Triangle Beagle Rescue of NC
Telephone: 919 760 0025
Contact Name: Leann
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Learn about the history of candy at a display table. Taste penny candy and take a trip around the globe to explore the world’s favorite sugary treats. All ages. Registration not required.

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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Explore the vegetable patch for pumpkins, hear stories about gourd life cycle and uses, try roasted pumpkin seeds, and decorate a mini-pumpkin to take home. Ages 5-10 with adult. Register...

Cost: $9/member, $12/nonmember. Free for accompanying adult.

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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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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Mark your calendars! Our annual Halloween event, Creepy Crabtree, will return in October! This free park wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Join the freakish festivities,...

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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Join us on October 20, 2018, for the Harmony Playground Gala fundraiser at the Farm at 42, 1075 Lynchburg Road,  Selma, NC, from 5 pm - 9:30 pm.  The event will benefit the first...

Cost: $100 per person

Where:
The Farm at 42
1075 Lynch Road
Selma, NC  27576
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Sponsor: Clayton Community Recreational Foundation
Telephone: 919 589 2523 x707
Contact Name: Jacqui Pomales-Moody
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Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields at this special time of day.  Preregister online.

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson Nature Preserve staff
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Join the Raleigh Community Orchestra as it presents its fall concert, “Where Have I Heard That? Music from Cartoons, Commericals, and Classics” for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/youth, one free youth per adult ticket

Where:
Providence Baptist Church
6339 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Raleigh Community Orchestra
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Each year over 35,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. Interact with entomologists and other scientists so you can continue learning about the...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: BASF, Terminix, and Walmart
Contact Name: Kari Wouk
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