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Why Consider Durham Tech?

Why Consider Durham Tech? It's the Smart Choice!

Durham Tech's College Transfer Success Course Gets You Started Off Right

This course introduces the college’s physical, academic, and social environment and promotes the personal development essential for success. Topics include campus facilities and resources; policies, procedures, and programs; study skills; and life management issues such as health, self-esteem, motivation, goal-setting, diversity, and communication. Upon completion, students should be able to function effectively within the college environment to meet their educational objectives.


Small Classes, Caring Instructors, and Support Services

aca1111 class At Durham Tech, the average class size is only 16. Small classes mean more interaction with other students and more personal attention from instructors who care about your success. Our well-qualified, dedicated faculty focus their energies on student learning and work hard to teach the skills, competencies, and knowledge today's students need to meet future workplace challenges, to earn a good income, or to transfer to a university. And because they care about your success in learning and in life, Durham Tech's Student Services staff work with faculty to offer a variety of support services, including tutoring, student success workshops, peer mentoring, and much more.


Undecided about a Career or Program of Study?

If you are undecided about a career or program of study, or even if you have declared a program of study but you're uncertain if it is really the one for you, then Durham Tech is a great place to experiment by taking classes in different departments. You may discover a subject that you love you never even previously considered.

At large universities, classes in specific departments are often limited to students who have been accepted into that program, simply due to lack of space. At Durham Tech, if you want to take a class to learn about art, music, automobile repair, or the legal system, you can. Best of all, you can do this experimenting at a fraction of the cost of what you would be paying to take classes at a university.

View the credit and noncredit program options at Durham Tech in our information guide.

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Durham Tech Has One of the Top-Performing Transfer Programs in the State

Are you afraid of earning credits that won't transfer to a four-year college or university? North Carolina has a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N.C. community colleges and N.C. public universities and has as its objective the smooth transfer of students. Durham Tech also has individual agreements (bilateral agreements) with several N.C. public and private universities for specific programs of study. And Durham Tech sends more students to UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University than any other community college in the state.

Durham Tech's transfer program has been identified by the North Carolina Community College System as one of the top five performing transfer programs in the state for the past five years. Durham Tech University Transfer students receive help from an experienced advisor to assist with planning courses and to ensure students take the courses needed to graduate and transfer.

How do Durham Tech students perform after they've transferred? Durham Tech’s graduates who transfer to institutions in the UNC System do as well or better than native students their junior year. Ninety-four percent of Durham Tech transfer students (97 percent for Associate Degree recipients; 93 percent for students transferring with 30 or more semester hours) have a GPA above 2.0 after one year.

Durham Tech offers you a second chance at attending your favorite university. If you did not get accepted as a freshman and perform well at Durham Tech, you may be admitted into that institution as a transfer.

Read what Durham Tech graduates have to say about the University Transfer program.


Student Involvement and Leadership

At Durham Tech, we realize much of the learning in college takes place outside the classroom. That's why we have an active Student Senate as well as 25 student clubs and organizations. From honor societies and community service organizations to special interest clubs and career-specific associations, Durham Tech offers lots of opportunities for student involvement and for increasing your leadership and teamwork skills.

One of Durham Tech's core values is engaging with our communities in ways that not only help those we serve, but also allow us as a college to learn. We encourage volunteer opportunites such as making blankets for Project Linus, supporting the campus food pantry by growing fresh produce in the Briggs Avenue Community Garden, reading to children at R.N. Harris Elementary School which neighbors our main campus, and helping to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.


We are a Diverse Group

Are you interested in meeting people who are not like you? Durham Tech students are all ages, ethnicities, and don't necessarily live in Durham. Look at our curriculum student profile:student profile

Affordable Education and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees at North Carolina's community colleges are among the lowest in the country – and are only a fraction of the cost of a university education.

College or University Tuition & Fees* Room & Board*
Durham Technical Community College $2,396 Rent with the savings or live at home!
Selected State Universities
East Carolina University $6,143 $8,6990
North Carolina Central University $6,901 $11,065
North Carolina State University $8,296 $10,030
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill $8,340 $10,008
University of North Carolina - Greensboro $8,374 $10,592
Private Colleges
Meredith College $32,140 $9,516
Louisburg College $16,678 $10,298
Online Colleges
Kaplan University $35,103** $0
Strayer University $29,100** $0
University of Phoenix $12,750** $0
*Sources: Institution web sites, estimated 2014-2015 fall and spring semesters of in-state tuition 12+ credit hours per semester for private colleges/universities and 16+ credit hours for Durham Tech.
**Average program cost for Associate's degree (Kaplan: $70,207; Phoenix: $25,500; Strayer: $58,200) divided by two years (the length of a similar Durham Tech Associate In Arts or Science degree at 16 hours for fall and spring semesters)

Financial aid is also available for qualifying students. Federal financial aid, student scholarships, and the Hope and Lifetime Learning Credits which provide tax incentives make a community college education even easier to afford.


Education Pays in Higher Earnings and Lower Unemployment Rates

The chart below shows US residents who have a high school diploma or GED can expect to increase their average yearly average weekly income by an average of 20 percent if they get some college credits (like a certificate or diploma) or an associate's degree. Continuing your education even further to obtain a bachelor's degree increases average average weekly income by 37 percent over an associate's degree. That's 65 percent more than the average high school graduate!

Education Pays chart

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013 Current Population Survey, US Data table


An Associate's Degree Provides a High Rate of Return on Your Investment

View the CNN Money article "Community college grads out-earn bachelor's degree holders."