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Who We Are

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


Looking Back at 2020: Carolina University’s 40 Days & 40 Nights of Prayer


Charles Dickens once wrote of a season that he described as the best of times and the worst of times. That is apropos to our situation last year as 2020 was the worst year ever for many people and organizations, but in many ways, it was the best year ever for Carolina University. It didn’t […]

Academic Spotlight: Moore School of Education


Action Research at Carolina University Author Dr. April Whitehurst Assistant Professor of Education The 2020-2021 school year has been like no other for educators.  Due to the  COVID-19 pandemic teachers have had to quickly learn to conduct classes online and to toggle between remote and in-person teaching, adapting to constant changes circumstances.   Teachers in […]

ReVitalize Conference


The Piedmont Divinity School is pleased to be a sponsor of the ReVitalize conference on April 20, 2021.  This conference, developed by two of our own adjunct professors, Dr. Matt Smith and Nick Decker, will focus on revitalizing churches that are plateaued, declining, or simply in need of rethinking missional strategies during and after the […]

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