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Wake Forest University
One of the nation’s most respected private schools, Wake Forest University is a collegiate...

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

One of the nation’s most respected private schools, Wake Forest University is a collegiate university recognized for its outstanding academic reputation and challenging liberal arts curriculum.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
4,871 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
70% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
1,859 full-time faculty
173 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

71% of students living on campus. Other information pertaining to housing.

School Location

WFU is located in Winston-Salem, N.C., just few hours by car from skiing on the beautiful slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you want to warm up, Salem-Winston is within driving distance of the pristine beaches of South Carolina.

Retention Fall 2015

93% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

88% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 6%
White 72%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


NCAA Division I-A with 9 varsity sports for both men and women including track, basketball, golf, and soccer. Mascot: Demon Deacon Colors: Black, Old gold

Academic Programs

Women’s Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Speech Communication, Computer Science, Education, Bioengineering, English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Medicine, Physician Assistant, History, Law, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Statistics, Kinesiology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Ministry, Art History, Fine Arts, Music

A Wake Forest education is concerned with the development of the entire individual. Students need to push themselves—find out what is comfortable and what is not. They need to be willing to fail and be ready to succeed. Students must grab their educational experience and run with it, testing the boundaries of their own potential and learning about the talents they possess.

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.

First-Year Seminars

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.

At the core of higher education is the interaction between professors and students. Wake Forest professors are mentors and advisors. They transform students and teach them to make higher-level, intellectual connections that transcend the classroom. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, students receive a more individualized education. 

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 over 150 chartered student organizations that extend from religious to political interests. Students also have the chance to get involved in Greek Life.


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.

Campus Recreation

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”

“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.


Admissions Fall 2015

13,281 Total Applicants 
3,903 Total Admissions 
1,284 Total Freshman Enrollment

29.39% of applicants admitted



Tuition $47,120
Fees $562
Total $47,682
Room and Board (on campus) $14,260
Room Only $8,496
Board Only $5,764
Estimated Total On Campus $61,942


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

48% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
26% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$37,554 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$10,316 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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