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Colleges and Universities in the Carolina Core

U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Best School District in North Carolina (Mount Airy City Schools)

Niche, 2022


Producer of Black Engineers (North Carolina A&T)

The HBCU Career Center


Best College in North Carolina (Wake Forest University)

U.S. News & World Report, 2022

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K-12 Education

Top-Notch Learning

If you have children, schools in the Carolina Core provide excellents education that create students that are well-prepared for their futures. The Mount Airy City School District is ranked the No. 7 public school district in the state of North Carolina, while private schools offer curriculum based on creativity and innovation.

Student similing at High Point University graduation.

Higher Education

Universities at their Most Innovative

Whether you’re curious about medicine, law, business or the arts, the 30+ higher education institutions in the Carolina Core can offer you a strong foundation for your chosen career path. Study at North Carolina A&T State University – the largest HBCU in the U.S. and the No. 1 producer of Black engineers. Want to start down the path to becoming a Supreme Court Justice? Elon University’s law school is ranked one of the most innovative in the nation. And if your dreams include starting your own business, High Point University’s Earl N. Phillips School of Business offers majors in accounting, sales, international business and more.

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Technical College

Upskilling Has Never Been This Easy

Looking to quickly earn a degree or certificate in your chosen career path? Or maybe you’re already working and would like to expand your knowledge and gain some personal enrichment. Community Colleges like Forsyth Tech in Winston-Salem and Guilford Technical in Jamestown provide real-world experience in everything from the culinary arts to business writing and cyber-crime prevention.