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About Carolina University

Carolina University is located in the growing city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Although our history and heritage date back over a hundred years – John Wesley University, a constituent college, had its origins in 1903 – CU is very much a modern American university. 

In its current form, the university is rapidly gaining recognition for innovative partnerships with professional organizations and businesses, and pioneering the delivery of affordable but excellent degree programs. Amidst national concern about college affordability, Carolina University is prioritizing the creation of degree programs focused on the future of jobs. Our goal is to educate professionals who will be in high demand even as the use of automation and artificial intelligence becomes pervasive in many occupations currently reliant on humans.

We put the student first – giving them exceptional classroom teaching delivered by highly capable faculty, and opportunities for experiential learning in real workplace contexts. Outside the classroom, we prioritize the development of the whole person – by creating opportunities to experience the breadth and depth of college life in a variety of extra-curricular and sporting contexts.

We invite you to explore the richness and diversity of the intellectual community at CU through these pages.

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Degrees & Programs

Browse our catalog of degrees, from business and leadership to ministry and nursing.

Carolina University Mission Statement

A Christ-centered University committed to exceptional teaching, scholarly research, creative innovation, and professional collaboration


12 Days of Giving Tuesday: MA Counseling


🎵 …And on the 7th day of giving, my CU gave to me…an MA in Counseling… 🎵 Happy Thanksgiving! We are incredibly thankful for each of you and your impact on Carolina University. Dr. Gary Chapman, author of the bestselling The 5 Love Languages and Senior Associate Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, […]

Carolina University Special on Triad Today


Dr. Charles Petitt, President, and Dr. Sandeep Gopalan, Executive VP for Academic Affairs & International, recently filmed a special with Jim Longworth of Triad Today entitled ‘A Salute to Carolina University’. This special will air Saturday, November 28th at 7:30am on abc45 and on Sunday, November 29th at 11am on MY48. Watch the special now:

12 Days of Giving Tuesday: MS Financial Planning


🎵 …And on the 6th day of giving, my CU gave to me…an MS in Financial Planning… 🎵 Lee Brown, CU Assistant Professor of Finance, shares the new program being offered at Carolina University for both on-campus and online students. The program successfully prepares students who seek to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) […]

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