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: 15,542
  • Freshman class size: 3,124
  • Four-year graduation rate: 49 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 69 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 72 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 87 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.appstate.edu
  • Total applicants: 13,202
  • Acceptance rate: 68 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.17 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 510
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 620
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 520
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 620
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 23
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 27
  • High school class rank top 10th: 19 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 57 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 92 percent

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: 19,754
  • Freshman class size: 4,270
  • Four-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 56 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 83 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: ecu.edu/cs-acad/admissions
  • Total applicants: 17,099
  • Acceptance rate: 70 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.76
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 480
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 560
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 490
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 570
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 24
  • High school class rank top 10th: 14 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 42 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 78 percent

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: 1,197
  • Freshman class size: 202
  • Four-year graduation rate: 16 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 37 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 68 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: ecsu.edu/admissions/index.html
  • Total applicants: 1,566
  • Acceptance rate: 57 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.19
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 390
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 480
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21
  • High school class rank top 10th: 2 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 5 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 33 percent

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: 4,141
  • Freshman class size: 640
  • Four-year graduation rate: 17 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 27 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 32 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 67 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: uncfsu.edu/fsu-admissions
  • Total applicants: 4,611
  • Acceptance rate: 59 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.29
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 390
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 480
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21
  • High school class rank top 10th: 9 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 26 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 62 percent

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: 8,747
  • Freshman class size: 1,957
  • Four-year graduation rate: 18 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 37 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 75 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: ncat.edu/admissions/undergraduate
  • Total applicants: 10,367
  • Acceptance rate: 54 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.48
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 500
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 430
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 510
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 22
  • High school class rank top 10th: 11 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 34 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 74 percent

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: 5,342
  • Freshman class size: 1,128
  • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 81 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: nccu.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 8,613
  • Acceptance rate: 67 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.20
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 410
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 19
  • High school class rank top 10th: 8 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 18 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 46 percent

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: 20,951
  • Freshman class size: 4,376
  • Four-year graduation rate: 48 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 74 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 78 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 93 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.ncsu.edu
  • Total applicants: 26,451
  • Acceptance rate: 48 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.72
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 570
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 660
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 600
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 690
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 26
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 31
  • High school class rank top 10th: 50 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 87 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 100 percent

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: 3,222
  • Freshman class size: 663
  • Four-year graduation rate: 39 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 62 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 78 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.unca.edu
  • Total applicants: 3,523
  • Acceptance rate: 76 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.48
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 530
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 640
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 510
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 23
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28
  • High school class rank top 10th: 20 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 54 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 92 percent

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: 17,869
  • Freshman class size: 4,224
  • Four-year graduation rate: 84 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 90 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 91 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 96 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.unc.edu
  • Total applicants: 34,889
  • Acceptance rate: 27 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.66 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 600
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 700
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 610
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 720
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 28
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 33
  • High school class rank top 10th: 73 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 91 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 94 percent

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
  • Four-year graduation rate: 29 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 52 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 57 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 82 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.uncc.edu
  • Total applicants: 17,518
  • Acceptance rate: 62 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.97 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 510
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 590
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 520
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
  • High school class rank top 10th: 22 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 59 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 90 percent

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: 14,116
  • Freshman class size: 2,852
  • Four-year graduation rate: 30 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 54 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 76 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: admissions.uncg.edu
  • Total applicants: 9,038
  • Acceptance rate: 74 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.81
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 480
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 570
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 21
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25
  • High school class rank top 10th: 4 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 23 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 77 percent

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: 4,510
  • Freshman class size: 1,069
  • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 33 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 36 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 67 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: uncp.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions
  • Total applicants: 4,573
  • Acceptance rate: 74 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.45
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 520
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 420
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 490
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 18
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 21
  • High school class rank top 10th: 11 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 32 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 70 percent

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: 883
  • Freshman class size: 213
  • Four-year graduation rate: 63 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 64 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 65 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 85 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: uncsa.edu/admissions/index.aspx
  • Total applicants: 667
  • Acceptance rate: 54 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.70
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 540
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 630
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 490
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 610
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 28
  • High school class rank top 10th: 16 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 43 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 79 percent

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
  • Four-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 70 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 72 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 85 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: uncw.edu/admissions
  • Total applicants: 10,443
  • Acceptance rate: 72 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.13 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 560
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 630
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 570
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 630
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 22
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 26
  • High school class rank top 10th: 20 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 61 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 94 percent

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: 7,871
  • Freshman class size: 1,912
  • Four-year graduation rate: 37 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 53 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 57 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 80 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions
  • Total applicants: 18,297
  • Acceptance rate: 41 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.78 (weighted)
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 450
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 560
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 460
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 560
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 20
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 25
  • High school class rank top 10th: 14 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 38 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 76 percent

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: 4,117
  • Freshman class size: 940
  • Four-year graduation rate: 20 percent
  • Five-year graduation rate: 41 percent
  • Six-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 767 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Admissions website: wssu.edu/admissions/index.html
  • Total applicants: 5,128
  • Acceptance rate: 63 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.01
  • SAT Critical Reading 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Critical Reading 75th percentile: 470
  • SAT Math 25th percentile: 400
  • SAT Math 75th percentile: 470
  • ACT Composite 25th percentile: 17
  • ACT Composite 75th percentile: 19
  • High school class rank top 10th: 1 percent
  • High school class rank top quarter: 5 percent
  • High school class rank top half: 32 percent

Important Factors

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

Updated on Nov. 6, 2018.

 

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

 

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Cost: $19/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Come celebrate Turtle Day by stopping by the park’s visitor’s center to learn some cool facts about North Carolina’s turtles! Meet our live park ambassador – Frankie the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Making a kite is the perfect fun spring project! Learn about the forces that make kites fly and listen to the story of Benjamin Franklin and his kite (did he really draw electricity from lightning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy the classic story as presented by Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Century Center
Carrboro, NC  27510


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Connect with your baby, other parents and yourself during this adult-focused postpartum yoga class. Recommended for babies newborn to walking. Take a mat, a blanket for your little one, and...

Cost: $15 or use class pass/membership

Where:
Kids Mindful Movement - Pittsboro
184 East Street
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
IngenuiTea Kombucha Coffee & Tea
514 E Williams St
APEX, NC  27502
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Sponsor: IngenuiTea Brews
Telephone: 919-438-3684
Contact Name: Mark Poole
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Discover the joy of cooking with storybook characters. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online. Choose course #120084.

Cost: $23/resident, $30/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Come celebrate Turtle Day by stopping by the park’s visitor’s center to learn some cool facts about North Carolina’s turtles! Meet our live park ambassador – Frankie the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Help monitor and keep bluebird and wood duck boxes clean throughout our park, create or place additional habitat boxes and assist with other natural resource tasks. Come prepared to learn and work...

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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This after-school class for kids in grades 3-5 offers fun learning yoga poses and mindfulness techniques to reduce stress. Grades 3-5. 

Cost: $15/class, or use your class pass/membership.

Where:
Kids Mindful Movement - Chapel Hill
781 Mt. Carmel Church Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Bring your curiosity and creativity and explore a variety of art media. Grades 3-5. 

Cost: 0

Where:
Orange County Public Library
137 W Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 191-924-52539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Purchase tickets online.

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

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy karaoke. Take a dish to share. Register online. Choose course #121043.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Come celebrate Turtle Day by stopping by the park’s visitor’s center to learn some cool facts about North Carolina’s turtles! Meet our live park ambassador – Frankie the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention. Concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise, unique artwork and more highlight the event. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $65/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Relax in the courtyard with live music and food. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Edison Johnson Community Center
500 W. Murray Ave.
Durham, NC
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Enjoy fun, games, friendship and more every Friday.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sanderford Road Center
2623 Sanderford Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
Telephone: 919-831-1898
Contact Name: Adam Sproles
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Each Fourth Friday of the month join us for a night of art, film, food and fun. This is free and open to the public.​

Cost: Free

Where:
SummerStage
800 Taylor St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Hi-Wire Brewing and abc11

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Enjoy Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention. Concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise, unique artwork and more highlight the event. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $65/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Get inspired by the park's natural beauty and contribute to a community art project celebrating the season of flowers. Head to the Finley Center to make a few paper flowers and help to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Dogs, face painting, animal tattoos, a bounce house, dog contests and canine demonstrations, handmade bandannas, photo booths and local vendors highlight this annual festival to benefit the...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Duke University East Campus
Durham, NC


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One Saturday of the month join us for our family fun series. This is free and open to the public. Here is what you can expect: 10am-12pm: Come to the plaza for family-friendly activities for...

Cost: Free

Where:
SummerStage
800 Taylor St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Hi-Wire Brewing, abc11, and Offline

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Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resource Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's...

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

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about songbirds! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Geocaching is a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden “caches.” Learn what geocaching is all about and head out to find a real geocache in the park....

Cost: Free

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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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Enjoy Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention. Concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise, unique artwork and more highlight the event. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $65/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Education Guide

The 2018-19 Education Guide offers 678 education resources in the Triangle, including area preschools, private schools, public school systems, charter schools, boarding schools, academic resources and an Exceptional Child special section.

The Triangle Go-To Guide

Our Triangle Go-To Guide connects you to family fun resources across the Triangle. Plus, find out who our 2018 Readers' Favorites are.