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

instructor helping a student learn 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.


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

Nathan StaffaAre 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. 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 N.C. 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.

Durham Tech’s graduates who transfer to institutions in the UNC System do as well or better than the students who started in those colleges and universities. Ninety-four percent of Durham Tech transfer students have a GPA above 2.0 after one year.

Get a second chance at attending your favorite university by transferring after graduating from Durham Tech. Read what Nathan Staffa (pictured above) and other Durham Tech graduates have to say about University Transfer.


Student Involvement and Leadership

student volunteer holding powerdrills at Habitat for Humanity 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 opportunities such as supporting the campus food pantry by growing fresh produce and tending bee hives 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

Don't Graduate with a Mountain of Debt!

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 $2,566 Rent with the savings
or live at home!
Selected State Universities
East Carolina University $6,946 $9,213
North Carolina Central University $8,354 $11,415
North Carolina State University $8,880 $13,040
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill $8,834 $11,218
University of North Carolina - Greensboro $7,029 $8,325
Private Colleges
Meredith College $34,907 $10,392
Louisburg College $18,007 $10,709
Online Colleges
Kaplan University $17,095 $0
Strayer University $14,330 $0
University of Phoenix $11,044 $5,380
*Sources: Institution websites, estimated 2016-2017 fall and spring semesters of in-state tuition 12+ credit hours per semester for private colleges/universities and 16+ credit hours for Durham Tech.

Financial aid is also available for qualifying students. Federal financial aid, student scholarships, and Durham ConnectFunds make a community college education even easier to afford.


Education Pays in Higher Earnings

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 18 percent if they earn an associate's degree. Continuing your education even further to obtain a bachelor's degree increases average weekly income by 68 percent over the average high school graduate!

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015 Current Population Survey, US Data table