Academic Experience

Location
Raleigh, NC
Undergrads
7,641
Tuition (in-state)
$8,524 ($2,380)
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4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: I feel the curriculum is great for the degree I am earning, Business Administration. The workload seems reasonable.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: I think WTCC offers a great range of studies.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Really like it as an online college program, but did not have the classes I wanted (ethology and animals)

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Really love the online classes. I think it has a pretty great program and I like the variety.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: I am going for my associate in science, I love that we have a STEM center and other helpful resources in my area of study.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 149th
    Best Class Sizes
  • 1144th
    Least Stressful Workloads
  • 1456th
    Best Class Availability
  • 1568th
    Most Accessible Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather McCuiston
Hometown
Charlotte, NC
Major
Journalism
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Most students at Wake Tech indicate through evaluations, surveys, and feedback that their overall academic experience here is very beneficial and straightforward. Students tend to favor the smaller class sizes, as this provides more time for professors to give each student one-on-one feedback on their academic performance and help with any questions.

Overall, the curriculum is difficult and requires a high degree of dedication and independence, which is why professors focus on keeping students informed. Students need to remember important information, such as the course drop deadline. At this point in the semester, the student must decide whether he or she has performed to a high enough standard to pass the course. Professors are always willing to meet with students during their office hours to discuss the student's performance and help them make decisions. During these office hours, students may also receive tutoring or gain access to additional resources they may need to help them master the material.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
486
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
858
Full-Time Retention Rate
72%
Part-Time Retention Rate
53%
Transfer-Out Rate
16%
Graduation Rate
15%
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Programs/Majors Offered
69
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: Unknown
  • Business Administration and Management: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
  • Medical Office Management: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Class sizes range from 15 to 35 students, depending on the course and its availability. For example, specialty courses such as Fire Protection are only offered at one campus and are therefore smaller in size. A general math class, however, which is offered on all campuses, will likely be full size.
Student/Professor Relationships
Student-teacher relationships seem to be excellent, as many of the teachers often stay after hours in order to help students with academic difficulties. Each professor offers office hours (generally a three-hour window) so that students can stop by and solve any issues they may be having with a particular class.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Depending on the length of the class and whether or not it is taking place during a regular semester or a mini-mester, the weight of a test or quiz could greatly influence most of the student's grade for that class. Generally, tests and quizzes carry about 15 to 30 percent of the weighted average. Therefore, good test grades are crucial for any student. Most professors do not allow students to make up a test if they are absent, so attendance during such procedures is also very important.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
An in-class lecture will typically last between 30 and 90 minutes. Lectures introduce new material to students and are often followed by a short overview as well as any questions students may have.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
For general education courses, the class will typically begin with a lecture followed by various exercises for students to complete in order to apply the new material to a real world experience.

For electives, such as arts or social sciences, most of the class time will be spent working on a project relevant to the course material, followed by homework assignments.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • A lot of students say that they wish they had known how difficult college work would be in comparison to high school homework so that they could have prepared better.
  • Many students indicate that they wish they'd known more about transferring credits prior to attending Wake Tech.
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask questions! Both the faculty and the students will be happy to help with finding classes or figuring out where to go and how to get there.
  • Study often. There is no such thing as studying "too much" in college. Take some time after each class to look over the material again and make sure it makes sense.
  • Take advantage of what Wake Tech has to offer! Participate in the various learning programs offered by the ILC for students who struggle with their studies. Use the libraries as a quiet place to work on projects or homework. Get involved in a few of the campus clubs and/or groups. All of these things are complimentary for students enrolled at Wake Tech.
  • Talk to the teachers if you are struggling; they are there to help. Ask about office hours and make an appointment to discuss any problems you might have with the class.
Full-Time Faculty
486
Female Faculty
63%
Male Faculty
37%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 10%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$44,097
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • This past fall, Wake Tech reached an all-time high enrollment of 16,000 students.
  • Wake Tech offers ESL classes at various churches, such as Brooks Avenue Church of Christ and St. Raphael's Church.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 51 responses

  • 27% Applicable to the real world
  • 22% Learned a lot of new things
  • 22% Will advance my career
  • 13% Learned a few new things
  • 9% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 2% Waste of time

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