Serving 70,000. 1 Billion $ Impact

Updated: May 2

Large numbers command attention and your community college, Wake Tech, has some impressive numbers to share.


THE STUDENTS

  • Wake Tech serves about 70,000 students annually, including 30,000 in degree programs.

  • Wake Tech serves more online students than any community college in North Carolina.

  • Most Wake Tech degree-seeking students take at least one online class.

  • Wake Tech Associate's degree graduates who transfer to four-year universities in the UNC System outperform native UNC juniors (2.91 GPA vs. 2.90 GPA).

  • 90% of Wake Tech Associate's degree graduates are either employed or still enrolled in higher education in North Carolina after one year.

THE COLLEGE

  • Wake Tech is the largest of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges.

  • Seven campuses, two training centers and multiple community sites across Wake County

  • Second-largest undergraduate population of any college or university in North Carolina

  • More than 250 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs

  • More than 100 online associate degree, diploma and certificate programs – more than any other community college in the U.S.

  • 100% of Wake Tech programs are transferable for further study.

  • Wake Tech has one of the largest associate degree Nursing programs in the region.

  • Wake Tech trains the most first responders in North Carolina.

  • Average class size is 21:1.

WAKE TECH RANKINGS

  • Recognized by Newsweek in 2022 as one of America’s Top Online Colleges

  • #1 Best Online Community College (Best Value Schools and College Consensus)

  • #3 Best Graphic Design Associate Degree (GradReports)

  • #5 Best Nursing School in North Carolina (RNCareers.org)

  • #6 Best Nursing Associate Degree Schools in North Carolina (NursingDegreeSearch.com)

  • #7 Best Office Administration Program (Best Value Schools)

  • #8 Best Online Engineering and Architecture Program (OnlineDegrees.com)

WAKE TECH'S IMPACT

  • Wake Tech’s annual economic impact on the community is $1 billion. (Source: EMSI/Burning Glass, FY 2019-20)

  • Three-quarters of Wake Tech’s impact, more than $700 million, is due to alumni who continue to live and work in Wake County and receive higher earnings after attending Wake Tech.

  • On average, Wake Tech graduates will earn $9,800 more per year than Wake County residents who have only a high school diploma.

  • For every dollar a student invests in a Wake Tech education, the student receives a cumulative value of $3.20 in higher future earnings.

  • A student’s investment in a Wake Tech education has an average annual rate of return of nearly 18%, which compares favorably to the U.S. stock market’s 30-year average rate of return of 10.6%.

  • For every dollar of public money invested in Wake Tech, taxpayers will receive a cumulative value of $2.20 over the course of the students’ working lives.


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