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Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Tech has been serving the citizens of Forsyth and Stokes counties since 1960 and began as the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Industrial Education Center, offering vocational instruction and training in skilled trades. Today, as Forsyth Technical Community College, those programs are still offered, as well as college transfer and two-year degree programs, corporate training, continuing education, personal enrichment classes and much, much more.

In the 2017-2018 school year, the college experienced an enrollment of approximately 11,477 students with 1,136 staff members. The part-time Corporate and Continuing Education learners numbered 20,254. Forsyth Tech operates ten campuses in Forsyth County offering 150 curriculum programs. The college is also providing over 500 customized courses a year for over 6,000 employees of local companies.

  • DHS/NSA recognized Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education
  • Largest Health Technology program of any community college in North Carolina
  • Largest Biotechnology degree program of any community college in North Carolina
  • Oldest and largest Race Car Technology program of any community college in North Carolina
  • Leading institution in the North Carolina Motorsports Training Initiative
  • Only degreed community college Nanotechnology Program in the southeast

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Wake Forest University

Wake Forest is a private institution with a 2017-2018 enrollment of 8,478 students. Undergraduate degrees offered include a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in 37 different disciplines. Over 400 full-time faculty teach at Wake Forest with an undergraduate student ratio of 10:1.

U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges and National Universities ranked Wake Forest 27th among 312 national universities.

The University also includes a School of Law ranked no. 31 in the Nation, the Babcock Graduate School of Management (one of the top 20 executive MBA programs in the nation), a Graduate School, Divinity School and the internationally recognized School of Medicine.

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Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. Today, WSSU’s award winning Motorsports Management major is the nation’s first Bachelor of Science degree program dedicated to Motorsports management.  WSSU is the third largest producer of nurses in North Carolina.  In the Arts, The Smithsonian Institute named the Diggs Gallery at WSSU one of the nation’s best regional, contemporary African-American art Galleries.  The 2017-2018 enrollment was 5,884 students.

WSSU has over 400 faculty members of whom over half hold doctoral degrees. Undergraduate degrees offered at Winston-Salem State include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Applied Science.

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The University of North Carolina School of the Arts

An arts conservatory of international renown, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts was the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School opened as the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1965 after nearly a million dollars was raised to win the new school for Winston-Salem. In 1972, the School became part of the prestigious University of North Carolina system.

Five professional schools make up the University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. With its full academic program, the School is accredited to award the high school diploma, the College Arts Diploma, the Professional Artist Certificate, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Students must audition or interview for admission to UNCSA. Of the more than 1,000 students enrolled, half come from two-thirds of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Half come from 45 other states and nearly two dozen foreign countries.

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Salem College

Salem College, a private, residential liberal arts college for women, is located in the historic village of Old Salem and was started in 1772 by the area’s early Moravian settlers. Salem College is the oldest women’s college in the nation by founding date and is the thirteenth oldest college in the U.S.

Salem has an enrollment of 1,144 from 28 states and 16 foreign countries. There are 53 full-time faculty members, with 97% holding doctoral degrees in their fields. Salem College also operates Salem Academy, a high school residential and day school for girls adjacent to the college campus.

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