Applying to NC Colleges? Take an Inside Look at 16 NC Public Schools

College admissions information for all 16 UNC institutions


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Interested in learning more about what it takes to earn admission into any one of the 16 public university institutions in North Carolina? Look no further than the list below, which highlights the most up-to-date admission statistics for the entire UNC system. Tuition fees are not included, as these rates change frequently. Please check the schools’ websites for the most updated tuition fee information.

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

Jump to the school you're interested in: Appalachian State University; East Carolina University; Elizabeth City State University; Fayetteville State UniversityNorth Carolina A&T UniversityNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityUNC-Asheville; UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC-Charlotte; UNC-GreensboroUNC-Pembroke; UNC School of the Arts; UNC-WilmingtonWestern Carolina University; Winston-Salem State University

For admissions information on 20 of the most popular private four-year colleges in North Carolina, click here.

 

Appalachian State University

Location: Boone
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 16,071
• Freshman class size: 3,306
• 4-year graduation rate: 51%
• 5-year graduation rate: 71%
• 6-year graduation rate: 73%
• Freshman retention rate: 89%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

• Admissions website: admissions.appstate.edu
• Total applicants: 14,009
• Acceptance rate: 70%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 560
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 640
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 540
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 630
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 23
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 27
• High school class rank top 10th: 19%
• High school class rank top quarter: 57%
• High school class rank top half: 91%

Important Factors

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


East Carolina University

Location: Greenville
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 19,999
• Freshman class size: 4,362
• 4-year graduation rate: 37%
• 5-year graduation rate: 58%
• 6-year graduation rate: 62%
• Freshman retention rate: 83%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

Applying

• Admissions website: ecu.edu/cs-acad/admissions
• Total applicants: 15,860
• Acceptance rate: 79%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 520
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 590
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 510
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 590
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 24
• High school class rank top 10th: 13%
• High school class rank top quarter: 39%
• High school class rank top half: 78%

Important Factors

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


Elizabeth City State University

Location: Elizabeth City
Type of school: Medium-sized liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 1,179
• Freshman class size: 349
• 4-year graduation rate: 23%
• 5-year graduation rate: 34%
• 6-year graduation rate: 38%
• Freshman retention rate: 74%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

• Admissions website: ecsu.edu/admissions/index.html
• Total applicants: 2,677
• Acceptance rate: 60%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 430
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 500
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 430
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 490
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 16
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 20
• High school class rank top 10th: 2%
• High school class rank top quarter: 4%
• High school class rank top half: 31%

Important Factors

• Rigor of student’s high school record
• Academic GPA
• Standardized tests
• Level of applicant’s interest
• State residency


Fayetteville State University

Location: Fayetteville
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 3,905
• Freshman class size: 670
• 4-year graduation rate: 17%
• 5-year graduation rate: 29%
• 6-year graduation rate: 33%
• Freshman retention rate: 68%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

• Admissions website: uncfsu.edu/fsu-admissions
• Total applicants: 3,859
• Acceptance rate: 68%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 440
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 510
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 430
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 510
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 20
• High school class rank top 10th: 5%
• High school class rank top quarter: 24%
• High school class rank top half: 59%

Important Factors

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


North Carolina A&T State University

Location: Greensboro
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 9,347
• Freshman class size: 2,309
• 4-year graduation rate: 17%
• 5-year graduation rate: 37%
• 6-year graduation rate: 43%
• Freshman retention rate: 79%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

• Admissions website: ncat.edu/admissions/undergraduate
• Total applicants: 10,661
• Acceptance rate: 62%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 470
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 550
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 460
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 540
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 22
• High school class rank top 10th: 10%
• High school class rank top quarter: 33%
• High school class rank top half: 73%

Important Factors

• Rigor of student’s high school record
• Academic GPA
• Standardized tests
• Class rank
• State residency
• Geographic residence


North Carolina Central University

Location: Durham
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 5,363
• Freshman class size: 1,275
• 4-year graduation rate: 20%
• 5-year graduation rate: 38%
• 6-year graduation rate: 44%
• Freshman retention rate: 77%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

• Admissions website: nccu.edu/admissions
• Total applicants: 6,671
• Acceptance rate: 83%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 450
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 520
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 450
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 510
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 20
• High school class rank top 10th: 8%
• High school class rank top quarter: 18%
• High school class rank top half: 46%

Important Factors

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


North Carolina State University

Location: Raleigh
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 21,384
• Freshman class size: 4,797
• 4-year graduation rate: 50%
• 5-year graduation rate: 76%
• 6-year graduation rate: 79%
• Freshman retention rate: 94%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

• Admissions website: admissions.ncsu.edu
• Total applicants: 26,980
• Acceptance rate: 51%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 610
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 680
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 620
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 710
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 26
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 31
• High school class rank top 10th: 46%
• High school class rank top quarter: 88%
• High school class rank top half: 99%

Important Factors

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


UNC-Asheville

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

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 3,285
• Freshman class size: 648
• 4-year graduation rate: 42%
• 5-year graduation rate: 60%
• 6-year graduation rate: 62%
• Freshman retention rate: 75%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

• Admissions website: admissions.unca.edu
• Total applicants: 3,437
• Acceptance rate: 80%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 550
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 650
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 530
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 610
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28
• High school class rank top 10th: 15%
• High school class rank top quarter: 44%
• High school class rank top half: 88%

Important Factors

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


UNC-Chapel Hill

Location: Chapel Hill
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 18,303
• Freshman class size: 4,356
• 4-year graduation rate: 84%
• 5-year graduation rate: 90%
• 6-year graduation rate: 91%
• Freshman retention rate: 96%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

• Admissions website: admissions.unc.edu
• Total applicants: 39,650
• Acceptance rate: 24%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 640
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 720
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 630
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 740
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 28
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 33
• High school class rank top 10th: 78%
• High school class rank top quarter: 96%
• High school class rank top half: 100%

Important Factors

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


UNC-Charlotte

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

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 20,263
• Freshman class size: 3,439
• 4-year graduation rate: 29%
• 5-year graduation rate: 52%
• 6-year graduation rate: 57%
• Freshman retention rate: 82%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

Applying

• Admissions website: admissions.uncc.edu
• Total applicants: 16,696
• Acceptance rate: 66%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 560
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 630
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 550
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 640
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
• High school class rank top 10th: 17%
• High school class rank top quarter: 50%
• High school class rank top half: 83%

Important Factors

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


UNC-Greensboro 

Location: Greensboro
Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 14,136
• Freshman class size: 2,791
• 4-year graduation rate: 30%
• 5-year graduation rate: 49%
• 6-year graduation rate: 54%
• Freshman retention rate: 78%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

• Admissions website: admissions.uncg.edu
• Total applicants: 8,501
• Acceptance rate: 78%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 520
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 600
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 510
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 580
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25
• High school class rank top 10th: 13%
• High school class rank top quarter: 39%
• High school class rank top half: 77%

Important Factors

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


UNC-Pembroke

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

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 4,483
• Freshman class size: 1,033
• 4-year graduation rate: 20%
• 5-year graduation rate: 36%
• 6-year graduation rate: 40%
• Freshman retention rate: 69%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

• Admissions website: https://www.uncp.edu/admissions
• Total applicants: 4,558
• Acceptance rate: 81%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 460
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 540
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 450
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 530
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21
• High school class rank top 10th: 10%
• High school class rank top quarter: 32%
• High school class rank top half: 70%

Important Factors

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


UNC School of the Arts

Location: Winston-Salem
Type of school: Small college of art and performing arts
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Arts conservatory

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 847
• Freshman class size: 173
• 4-year graduation rate: 68%
• 5-year graduation rate: 71%
• 6-year graduation rate: 71%
• Freshman retention rate: 91%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1

Applying

• Admissions website: uncsa.edu/admissions/index.aspx
• Total applicants: 956
• Acceptance rate: 33%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 560
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 660
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 520
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 630
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28
• High school class rank top 10th: 18%
• High school class rank top quarter: 47%
• High school class rank top half: 77%

Important Factors

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


UNC-Wilmington

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

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 12,023
• Freshman class size: 2,218
• 4-year graduation rate: 53%
• 5-year graduation rate: 70%
• 6-year graduation rate: 72%
• Freshman retention rate: 85%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

• Admissions website: uncw.edu/admissions
• Total applicants: 11,677
• Acceptance rate: 67%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 600
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 660
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 585
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 650
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 23
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 27
• High school class rank top 10th: 25%
• High school class rank top quarter: 62%
• High school class rank top half: 93%

Important Factors

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


Western Carolina University

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

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 8,040
• Freshman class size: 1,998
• 4-year graduation rate: 40%
• 5-year graduation rate: 57%
• 6-year graduation rate: 59%
• Freshman retention rate: 79%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1

Applying

• Admissions website: wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions
• Total applicants: 19,391
• Acceptance rate: 39%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 510
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 610
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 510
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 590
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 19
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 24
• High school class rank top 10th: 14%
• High school class rank top quarter: 38%
• High school class rank top half: 76%

Important Factors

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


Winston-Salem State University

Location: Winston-Salem
Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University

Quick Facts

• Total full-time undergrads: 4,072
• Freshman class size: 937
• 4-year graduation rate: 21%
• 5-year graduation rate: 44%
• 6-year graduation rate: 49%
• Freshman retention rate: 76%
• Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

• Admissions website: wssu.edu/admissions/index.html
• Total applicants: 4,295
• Acceptance rate: 67%
• SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 450
• SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 510
• SAT Math 25th percentile: 440
• SAT Math 75th percentile: 510
• ACT Composite 25th percentile: 16
• ACT Composite 75th percentile: 19
• High school class rank top 10th: 6%
• High school class rank top quarter: 24%
• High school class rank top half: 65%

Important Factors

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

Updated on Nov. 2, 2019.

 

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

 

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Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
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It’s that time of year for some animals to prepare for winter. We will read Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming and learn what different animals do to make it through the cold months. Free for ages...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Fans and players interact with the Carolina Hurricanes in an intimate environment by rotating through autographs, locker room photos and skating sessions in small groups of...

Cost: $85

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Join park staff in collecting data for the state and national count of Bald Eagles. Participants will be allowed in the park before it opens and will be staged at various locations around Lake...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

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


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

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Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
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Preschoolers (ages 3-5 with an adult) learn what wild animals do in winter by pretending to be animals that hibernate, migrate or just stay warm in the cold, winter woods! Take a hike, do a craft,...

Cost: $3

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: Mandy Hunter
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Nature Stories: Welcoming Winter Wednesday, January 15  1-2 p.m  Brrrrr!  When it’s cold, you put on a coat.  What do you suppose critters do?  Learn how different animal groups deal with...

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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*SEE DATES SECTION BELOW- THIS EVENT HAS 4 MODULES THAT OCCUR ONCE A WEEK, 4 WEEKS PER MODULE* Is your teen struggling with managing his emotions? Is she often overwhelmed or easily upset? Has...

Cost: $400 per module

Where:
Wynns Family Psychology
130 Preston Executive Drive
#202
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Wynns Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-467-7777
Contact Name: Wynns Family Psychology
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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
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Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

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


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
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Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

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Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Short class advertising for local class   I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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I am a mom and retired CPA who is passionate about teaching teens about the high cost of their choices. I teach a fun, interactive "Game of Life meets Dave Ramsey" class that has teens experience...

Cost: $225

Where:
Hope Community Church- Apex
2080 E Williams Street
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Beyond Personal Finance
Contact Name: Charla McKinley
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Dry ice, bouncing bubbles, and bubbling foggy concoctions oh my!  Join us to learn about the amazing properties of matter!

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Azevedo Family Psychology and Kym Azevedo will host an Art for Life group each Thursday from 5:30-6:30PM beginning January 16 and running through March 26. This group is completely free, kid...

Cost: FREE

Where:
1903 N. Harrison Ave
Suite 201
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Azevedo Family Psychology
Telephone: 919-624-9568
Contact Name: Kym Azevedo
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The goal of the How To Talk So Kids Will Listen Group workshop is to help you communicate more effectively with children.   In each session of the workshop you'll be introduced to an...

Cost: $12.95 materials fee

Where:
Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
3100 Damascus Church Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Wildflower School at Belle Vie Farm
Telephone: 919-260-6859
Contact Name: Shelley Welch
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

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Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

More information

Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

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


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

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January Story Time, Puppet Show &  Art Activity Puppet Show Incorporated https://www.puppetshowinc.org/ presents the classic Aesop fable The Lion and the Mouse. Activities include a story time,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Hillsborough Library
137 West Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Hillsborough Main Library
Telephone: 919-245-2525
Contact Name: Beth Hawkey
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Puppet Show Inc. presents a re-telling of Aesop’s Fable, “The Lion and the Mouse.”   A make and take craft will follow the show.  No registration necessary.  Ages 4 and up with a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Do you see strange lights in the night sky? Are you hearing odd noises coming from your tool shed? Is your dog now afraid to venture in the back yard? Don’t be scared — it might just be a...

Cost: $2 members, $5 non members

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Contact Name: Hugo Romero Sanchez
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Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Raleigh! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout...

Cost: $11

Where:
500 S Salisbury St
raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Let's Roam
Website »

More information

Amongst the ancient oak trees is the heart of Raleigh. We'll help you see the forest for the trees and all its magic splendor. Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity...

Cost: $11

Where:
Downtown
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: Let's Roam
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: Kelly
Website »

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It's your last chance to catch the Wolfpack at home this season! Help RED OUT Duke by wearing your favorite RED NC State Gear to the meet. The first 300 fans will receive an exclusive RED OUT...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Willis R. Casey Aquatic Center
2611 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27695
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Kindermusik is a research-based early childhood curriculum that includes 45-minute classroom lessons with materials and resources that encourages parental involvement . Research has linked...

Cost: $70/month

Where:
Hope Community Building
2080 E Williams St
Hope Community Building, Fuquay Varina Room
Apex/Holly Springs, NC  27539
View map »


Telephone: 191-990-25432
Contact Name: Leigh Hamm
Website »

More information

Preschoolers (ages 3-5 with an adult) learn what wild animals do in winter by pretending to be animals that hibernate, migrate or just stay warm in the cold, winter woods! Take a hike, do a craft,...

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
View map »


Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Website »

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Explore nature through play!  The Main Library is partnering with local Tinkergarten leaders Heather Murphy and Kate MacCartney to bring the fun of nature indoors.  Join us as we investigate...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
Website »

More information

January Story Time, Puppet Show & Art Activity Puppet Show Incorporated https://www.puppetshowinc.org/ presents the classic Aesop fable The Lion and the Mouse. Activities include a story time,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Carrboro Library
900 Old Fayetteville Road
Inside McDougle Middle School
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Carrboro Branch Library
Telephone: 919-969-3006
Contact Name: Beth Hawkey
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Want a wild start to your new year?When you’re facing the after-holiday blues after packing up the decorations and taking down the tree, never fear. Come celebrate the new year in a thrilling,...

Cost: $20 - $26

Where:
Animal Park at the Conservators Center
676 E Hughes Mill Rd
Burlington, NC  27217
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Sponsor: Animal Park at the Conservators Center
Telephone: 336-421-0883
Contact Name: Taylor Sharp

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

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


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

More information

Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice...

Cost: 20

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Lights is a half-mile walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring  honeycombs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the...

Cost: Free

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy
Charlotte, NC  28214
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Telephone: 704-391-3900
Website »

More information

Spanish Alive is providing Family Spanish classes starting in January! Join us to learn Spanish as an entire family in an immersive, fun environment. Our teachers are trained Spanish educators and...

Cost: $75-$216

Where:
Spanish Alive
156 E. Chatham St
Cary, NC
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Website »

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Family Wildlife Series: Owl Prowl Saturday, January 18, 6-7:15 p.m. Venture into the night on a Blue Jay hike.  Learn about owl habits and adaptations as we listen for these nocturnal birds....

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Road
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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