• 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 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 degree graduates are either employed or still enrolled in higher education in North Carolina after one year.


  • 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.


  • 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 annual economic impact on the community is $1 billion. (Source: 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.
  • Wake Tech graduates, on average, 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, he or she receives a cumulative value of $3.20 in higher future earnings.
  • Annually, 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.