Students Say

North Carolina’s own Wake Forest University prepares students to lead lives that matter and a reputation for quality that affords its students “excellent placement into jobs and graduate schools.” Students come to Wake Forest for an education of the entire person, and the school “practices intentional interactions between professors and students, students with each other, and students and their larger community.” This grand scale plan for well-rounded grooming includes “opportunities to serve, to become a leader, and to become part of initiatives that are larger than you.”

Overview

Applicants
11,121
Acceptance Rate
35%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 700
SAT Math
630 - 720
ACT Composite
28 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

North Carolina’s own Wake Forest University prepares students to lead lives that matter and a reputation for quality that affords its students “excellent placement into jobs and graduate schools.” Students come to Wake Forest for an education of the entire person, and the school “practices intentional interactions between professors and students, students with each other, and students and their larger community.” This grand scale plan for well-rounded grooming includes “opportunities to serve, to become a leader, and to become part of initiatives that are larger than you.” Professors “demand a lot of work but love teaching and students,” and classes “are not easy and good grades are tough to come by.” “Professors often expect their class to be every student’s focus, which is often very difficult,” says one student. Fortunately, faculty “are extremely helpful and excited to be teaching or meeting with students one-on-one” and “ensure that students are comfortable with voicing their opinions.” Indeed, “from the students to the faculty and staff to the administrators, everyone is open and greets everyone with a smile” here. “Overall I’ve had a fantastic academic experience with professors that have helped me discover my intellectual passions and have had a vested interest in my success,” says a junior.

The small school atmosphere matched with the large school resources, availability, and reputation are “some of the greatest aspects of Wake Forest.” “I feel that I could ask any professor I’ve had at Wake for a letter of recommendation, and they would know me personally enough to do so,” says a student. There is a similarly “strong vision and support” from the administration and the alumni network, who back “crazy opportunities that meld ideas and people that just don’t happen at other colleges.” The school is committed to the teacher-scholar model, so not only do professors do cutting edge research, they let undergrads in on it. “Wake Forest is a campus where some of the most academically impressive and competitive students assemble, the community is an encouraging atmosphere evident to anyone who steps on the grounds, and the social life is unbeatable,” says a student.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
728
with Terminal Degree

425
Men
303
Women

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
95%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Arnold Palmer
Professional golfer

Jim Perdue
Chairman, CEO, Perdue Farms

Will D. Campbell
Author

Albert Hunt
Journalist, panelist on CNN's

Tim Duncan
NBA basketball player

Charles Ergen
Founder, Chairman, CEO, EchoStar

Robert Ehrlich
Governor of Maryland

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

At Wake Forest University, the total cost for tuition and fees, room and board, books, and supplies comes to about $60,000. Fortunately, the average financial aid package for freshman includes a grant totaling $22,000. Additional aid is available in the form of scholarships, workstudy, and loans.

Bang For Your Buck

“Wake Forest’s generous financial aid program allows deserving students to enroll regardless of their financial circumstances.” Wake Forest is one of a small group of private institutions that agrees to meet 100 percent of each regularly admitted student’s demonstrated financial need. Nearly two-thirds of the students here receive some form of financial aid. In addition, each year Wake Forest awards merit-based scholarships to less than 3 percent of its first-year applicants. These scholarships are renewable through four years, subject to satisfactory academic, extracurricular, and civic performance. Though criteria differ slightly, the programs all recognize extraordinary achievement, leadership, and talent. Most scholarships do not require a separate merit-based scholarship application. The Committee on Scholarships and Student Aid annually recognizes up to ten students as Thomas E. and Ruth Mullen Scholars of the Upper-class Carswell Scholarships. Applicants must have completed at least one year of coursework at Wake Forest and are judged on the basis of academic and extracurricular leadership while here. The competition is steep, with recipients generally standing at least in the top 10 percent of the class. “Wake Forest’s Reynolds and Carswell merit-based scholarships cover tuition, room, board, and summer grants for individually-designed study projects. Gordon Scholarships are awarded to up to seven students each year to students among constituencies historically underrepresented at Wake Forest.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,029

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,672

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,628

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,902

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
46%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,976

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,638
Required Fees
$562
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,470
Transportation for Commuters
$450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The university is steeped in Southern traditions and hospitality that “most students fit into or learn to adhere to in their tenure as Wake Students,” but the school “is also home to students from around the country and the world.” In this “tight-knit, supportive community” nearly everybody is “intelligent, ambitious, [and] highly involved,” not to mention “beautiful.” “It’s like a living J.Crew magazine,” says one student. Most everyone here is “preppy, involved in greek life, [and] from the east coast (either north or south).” Thanks to a strong foundation of friendliness and acceptance among the student body, “people generally don’t have any trouble fitting in here, and can usually easily find groups of people who share their interests.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,823
Out of State
77%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

5.04%
Asian
6.81%
African-American
6.22%
Hispanic
78.91%
Caucasian
3.88%
International

52% female
48% male
77% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Wake Forest students work extremely hard on weekdays, often spending hours in the library to complete work, but “absolutely let loose on weekends.” The school’s “vibrant social scene” and a schedule that is “always bustling with extracurricular activities” keeps the candle burning at both ends, and “parties, going to bars downtown, concerts, game nights, and chill hang outs at friends’ houses” are other methods of fun. The D1 athletics—perhaps you’ve heard of them?—lend Wake Forest a “big-school sports feel at a small school”; and many students play intramural sports or exercise fairly regularly as “people are very conscious of their image” at this health-conscious university. A “large proportion” of the school is Greek, and therefore “a great deal of the conversations relate to other Greek organizations or issues/ drama within said Greek organization.” There are also organizations like the Student Union that “promote other fun aspects of campus life (i.e. Movie nights, guest speakers, campus carnivals, etc.)” Students take part in “lots of great traditions at Wake Forest, like our annual Shag on the Mag dance in the spring,” “rolling the quad after a big athletic win,” and dinner at the on-campus restaurant Shorty’s. Philanthropy is a “HUGE part of the WFU experience,” and there are several extremely large philanthropy events that happen throughout the year.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
74%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
90
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
89

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Van D, Westervelt, Ph.D

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation: within 3 years, latest form of WAIS, Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement or comparable achievement tests

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes, Psychoeducational evaluation within 3 years

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
168
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
16

39% join a fraternity
58% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Demon Deacons)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Demon Deacons)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: The Office of Multicultural Affairs develops and implements programming which fosters the academic, personal and cultural development of the university's ethnic minority population. Academic advising and counseling support are available for all multicultural students. The office serves as an information clearinghouse for the campus community regarding issues impacting ethnic students and cultural diversity. The office also coordinates broad-based activities for the university's ethnic faculty, staff and alumni.

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Green Rating
74

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
All Freshmen receive Lenovo ThinkPad computers which are exchanged at the beginning of their junior year for new machines.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Martha Blevins Allman
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 7305
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Phone
(336)758-5201


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery
Museum of Anthropology
The Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wait Chapel
Benson University Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Reynolda House, Museum of American Art
Tanglewood Park (golf)
Old Salem
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Hanes Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturday mornings in spring and
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(336)758-5201

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Academic Year
Times: 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available Sunday through Thursday nights.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro is 26 miles from campus. Call Airport Express Limousine (336-668-0164) for service to campus. The limousine leaves the baggage claim area every hour on the hour until midnight. Blue Bird Cab (336-722-7121) also provides transportation to campus. Right in Winston-Salem, 5 minutes from campus, is the Smith Reynolds Airport, a small commuter airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-40 E., take the Wake Forest University/Silas Creek Pkwy. exit; proceed north on the Pkwy., which will bring you to the Reynolda Rd. entrance to the university. From I-40 W., take the Cherry St. exit, which will bring you to University Pkwy. Take the Pkwy. to the university entrance. From U.S. Rte. 52 S., exit to University Pkwy. and follow the Pkwy. to the university entrance. From U.S. Rte. 52 N., exit to I-40 W. and follow preceding directions from there.

Local Accommodations
A very popular place to stay is the university-owned Graylyn International Conference Center (1900 Reynolda Rd.; 336-758-2600), within a mile of Wake Forest. Ask for the special rate for university visitors and advise them in advance if you would like to have meals provided. Two inexpensive choices are close to campus. The Courtyard by Marriott (3111 University Pkwy.; 336-727-1277) is 2 miles away. The other, priced slightly higher, is the Ramada Plaza (3050 University Pkwy.; 336-723-2911), about 6 blocks away. They both offer a fitness room and pool. Brookstown Inn (200 Brookstown Ave.; 336-725-1120), 10 minutes from campus, is a restoration of an 1837 cotton mill listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The moderate price includes continental breakfast and wine and cheese in the afternoon. For a little more glitz try the Adam's Mark Winston Plaza (425 N. Cherry St.; 336-725-3500), a fairly expensive hotel with an indoor pool and full fitness center. For a change of pace, the Colonel Ludlow Bed and Breakfast Inn, located close to Old Salem (a restored 1700s Moravian village), offers rates that include breakfast and range from moderate to expensive. The Inn is located at Summit and W. 5th Streets; 336-777-1887.
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Key Stats

11,121
Applicants
4,823
Size
35%
Acceptance Rate
1320
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists