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Educated and Eager for the Future 

Our robust talent pipeline is fueled by six colleges and universities in Winston-Salem, in addition to more than 30 higher education institutions across the region. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University and University of North Carolina School of the Arts offer a range of programs from liberal arts to STEM fields. Forsyth Tech, including its Aviation Center, offers associate degrees and certificates that qualify students for a broad range of industries. 

Not only are students thriving here, but the workforce is also growing at a faster rate than most of North Carolina. With a 120,000+ strong regional labor pool in Winston-Salem alone, companies have access to top talent both within the city and the greater Triad region. 42.83% of the population in Winston-Salem have an Associate’s degree or higher, while 88.19% have a high school degree or higher.


42.83% of the population in Winston-Salem has an Associate’s degree or higher. Find more data about Winston-Salem’s educated workforce here.

Facts & Rankings


#5 Highest Graduation Rate in North Carolina

(Wake Forest University) | CollegeSimply 2020

#2 Best Small College in North Carolina

(University of North Carolina School of the Arts) | Niche 2021

#2 Best College in North Carolina

(Wake Forest University) | U.S. News & World Report 2020

#1 Public HBCU in the U.S.

(Winston-Salem State University) | Money 2020

#5 Leading Workforce Development Programs

(North Carolina) | Area Development 2019

#2 Competitive Labor Environment

(North Carolina) | Area Development 2020

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