Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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ACADEMIC POTENTIAL AND INTELLECTUAL SERVICE
Wake Forest provides its students with a valuable educational experience—one that promotes service to others. Students are reminded that while their college experience is about discovering themselves, it is also about understanding one’s duty to the global community. Students should ask themselves, ‘How can I apply what I have learned to society, and how can that application bring about positive change?’
A GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE
There are over 400 study abroad programs available, the locations of which span over 70 countries. There is also the option for students to live in one the Wake Forest international homes. Students who choose to study through an international house enjoy the benefit of learning from Wake Forest faculty.
A DIVERSE COMMUNITY
A Wake Forest education is about diversity—an amalgam of ideas, talents, ethnicity, socio-economic backgrounds, geographical differences, and all aspects of the human condition that differ from one individual to the next. That mixture makes for an ideal learning experience, where students can expand their wealth of knowledge to reach beyond what is easy and comfortable.
SMALL AND BIG
Professors and students work in close collaboration with one another, creating an individualized learning experience. Wake Forest combines this intimacy of a small school education with research opportunities that are more often found at larger institutions.
Every first-year student must be enrolled and pass a First Year Seminar. The courses are taught by many different professors, whose disciplines span all departments. There are typically 15-20 students in each course, and this small classroom setting is meant to encourage active involvement from students. Students are taught to participate beyond simple comprehension and regurgitation of text. They must actively engage in critical thinking and higher level conceptualization.
Balancing the many aspects of college life can be incredibly hard. Aside from academic stress, students can struggle with unhealthy eating habits and new social demands. Wake Forest has established a program to combat those difficulties. Thrive is available to all students and consists of eight components. Each component is concerned with the overall well-being of the individual. Areas of focus span from emotional to financial well-being.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 10%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 7%
White, non-Hispanic: 70%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
11 DAYS OF TEACHER APPRECIATION
The average Wake Forest faculty member has been with the University for 12 years. They are highly integrated into the institution’s framework of learning and success. To show thanks, Wake Forest celebrates 11 Days of Teacher Appreciation. The celebration gives students the chance to share their gratitude toward their professors. In many instances, students thank faculty members for their unfailing interest in both their academic and personal success. Students describe their educational experience in terms of their interactions with professors. When faculty adopt roles as mentors and advisors, they are enhancing the individual experience of each student.
There are plenty of occasions for students to enjoy the athletic community at Wake Forest. The University competes in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. With that comes a lasting tradition loved by Wake Forest students. “Rolling the Quad” is the celebration of an athletic victory. Students like to demonstrate their excitement by covering the campus in toilet paper.
Students have access to top-notch facilities where they can exercise and meet other students. All students are welcome, no matter their athletic ability. Campus recreation is a great way for students to enjoy general fitness, intramural sports, and competitive sports.
THE OFFICE OF SERVICE & SOCIAL ACTION
The Office of Service & Social Action provides students with the opportunity to give back to the community through various programs and organizations. Wake Forest has over 100 community partners, expanding student outreach and engagement far beyond the campus. There are also several leadership positions for students who are seeking increased responsibility.
THE OFFICE OF PERSONAL AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
At the end of the day, it is the responsibility of every student to take ownership of their academic journey, and ultimately their career. The Office of Personal and Career Development is a resource available to all students. It serves the needs of the students, regarding academic growth and career development.
“Rethinking Success” is an initiative that challenges all higher education faculty and staff to assess their positions as teachers and mentors. The focus of the movement is to be in a constant state of learning and reinventing, so as to better prepare students to meet the demands of a global society.
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