Wake Forest University campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 730
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32


Early Decision
November 15

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • Management Science, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Latin Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Physician Assistant

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M., M.C.L.)

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General

Students Say

North Carolina’s own Wake Forest University prepares students to lead lives that matter and has 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, 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.



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Arnold Palmer
Professional golfer

Jim Perdue
Chairman, CEO, Perdue Farms

Will D. Campbell

Albert Hunt
Journalist, panelist on CNN's

Tim Duncan
NBA basketball player

Charles Ergen
Founder, Chairman, CEO, EchoStar

Robert Ehrlich
Governor of Maryland

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

The Office of Career and Professional Development is known to be one of the best in the nation, and “for a school this size, that’s incredible.” The resources that are available there “almost guarantee you the best internships and jobs” and whether it’s résumé reviews, career counseling, intern searches, or job application help, the OPCD provides all students with unprecedented career support. Numerous career fairs and an annual three-day Career Trek lets students personally immerse themselves in a variety of one city’s industries. Wake Forest graduates who visited Payscale.com reported an average starting salary of $49,800, and forty-eight percent said they felt their job had a meaningful impact on the world.

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

Wake Forest doesn’t just walk students through hypotheticals; they make connections that open doors. For example, career coaches at Wake are divided by major and industry. Dr. Katharine S. Brooks, executive director of the Office of Personal and Career Development, explains that this is “so that students who come in for a specific major or are interested in a specific industry will know they have a coach they can go to that is specialized in that area (non-profit field, education, business, etc.).” She tells this story: “Our STEM majors coach focuses exclusively on students studying in the science, technology, math areas—at Wake, that’s over 900 students. He ran a program this year for the first time that was a STEM Slam—an informal gathering of employers and students in the STEM fields that was a chance for students to ask individual questions. It was not like a formal career fair where you have to go in prepared to ask the right questions. This was meant as a conversation. Out of that event came sixty different job opportunities from companies we had not previously dealt with in our recruiting process. Some students were given interviews immediately.”
“Students are starting as first years and sophomores and building their own futures,” counseling professor Heidi Robinson explains. “They are entrepreneurs of their own careers.” A communications major we talked to confirms the school’s focus on the future: “The career center is nationally known to be one of the best, and for a school this size, that’s incredible. The resources that are available there almost guarantee you the best internships and jobs.” This is not hyperbole: by six months after graduation, 98 percent of the class of 2014 were either employed or in graduate school. And it’s not an accident either. Throughout their Wake Forest education, students learn how to connect their academic disciplines to possible careers, while faculty connect them to experiential learning opportunities like internships and academic research. Students at Wake Forest don’t just get a great education; personal and career development is a mission-critical component of their college experience.
The school’s radical rethinking of the college to career experience, veering from the outdated notion of “career services” into a comprehensive and holistic four-year approach, has made it a national leader in this field, enthusiastically covered by national news and higher education media. The program of for-credit College-to-Career courses better prepares students for life and work after college, in a variety of ways. Students interested in launching a business are provided support and resources via the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. The Mentoring Resource Center supports a culture of mentoring on campus. Personal and professional relationships are facilitated with Wake Forest alumni, who can provide guidance for post-collegiate success. And the University Employer Relations office uses state-of-the-art recruiting facilities to build bridges from students in all disciplines to the employers who can make their careers happen. And those bridges are built by faculty coaches who know how and where to construct them. According to the school, these career coaches “can help you identify your strengths and talents, create the stories you will tell at interviews and in your ‘elevator pitch’, refine and improve your résumé and cover letter, get you ready for your upcoming interview, assist you in clarifying your career plans and job search, and help you find an internship or other ways to gain experience.” The program offers countless opportunities for self-assessment—of one’s values, interests, personality, and skills, via a potent combination of research and exploration. In the process, Professor Robinson says, the two most frequently posed questions are tackled and answered: “What are the options? How do I get real information that’s helpful to me?” Wake comes in at number ten on The Princeton’s Review’s 2016 ranking list for Best Career Services, reported in 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges, and number twenty-three on the 2015 ranking list for Best Schools for Internships, reported in the 2015 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back.
Leadership Opportunities

“Wake Forest fosters an environment of critical thinking, self-evaluation, and self-development,” a religious studies major tells us, and much of that work is done in the school’s excellent leadership courses. Take, for example, a course called Design Thinking and High Performance Teams, where students work in groups on consulting projects with high-profile clients. “ We use design-thinking as the structure for problem-solving,” Professor Williams explains, “ but we pull in the richness of liberal arts to get better depth in each of the steps of the design thinking process.” The setting is in a classroom, but the experience is real-world; previous teams have worked on projects with executives from Apple, Cisco Systems, Google Education, and Deloitte.
Also noteworthy is Catalyst Scholars, an immersion leadership course that takes high-potential sophomores on an intellectual journey to develop creative and critical reasoning, problem analysis and problem solving, design thinking, team building, communication, and presentation skills. The aim is to make each student’s skill set adaptable to their circumstance. Professor Williams learned this from her own experience; graduating as an English major, she had to learn “how to translate this wonderful liberal arts experience and use all those great processes and readings in the everyday world. That’s what Catalyst Scholars program is doing.”
And when students are ready to get out of the classroom—way out of the classroom—they can try Individuals and Dynamics in Global Organizations. This summer abroad experience sends students around the world, to destinations like London, Paris, Edinburgh, and Barcelona, to meet and learn from those who are prospering and leading from the global stage. This focus on leadership is deliberate, particularly for 21st century students. “As millennial students graduate,” Professor Williams says, “they are entering a place in the world where it’s not good enough to just have great ideas—you have to be able to implement them.”
Faculty Mentors

“The positive relationships between faculty and students are a hallmark of the Wake Forest University education,” says Professor Sloan. “Students enjoy a suite of opportunities to embrace mentored research and learning beyond the classroom.” Indeed, the most common comment among the students we surveyed was praise for the “fantastic professors—devoted to their students, very accessible, and passionate about what they do,” according to an English major. Much of that accessibility is thanks to Wake Forest’s student to faculty ratio: an astonishing 11:1. “The classes are small in size,” a health and exercise science major explains, “So the academic setting feels very intimate, making it easier to connect on a personal level with professors.” In fact, 57 percent of undergraduate classes boast fewer than twenty students—and a mere 1 percent of Wake Forest’s classes have more than fifty students on the attendance rolls. That’s an extremely low percentage among top tier schools. And in those classrooms, professors, not graduate students, are the primary instructors. In fact, all classes (with the exception of health classes and some laboratory sections) are taught by faculty members rather than teaching assistants. At some schools, this would be exceptional; for Wake Forest’s faculty, it’s part of the job. “It would be hard to imagine professors who cared more about their students both inside and outside of the classroom,” a business and enterprise management major tells us, and a communications major sums up much of the feedback we received about the faculty: “They love what they do and it shows.”


Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



53% female
47% male
79% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

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.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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. While Greek life is highly visible here, 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 community service events that happen throughout the year, , including the Project Pumpkin Halloween festival, the Hit the Bricks race, and many others.

Special Needs Admissions

Van D, Westervelt, Ph.D

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

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

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

39% join a fraternity
58% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Demon Deacons)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Demon Deacons)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

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


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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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

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

Campus Visits Contact

Martha Blevins Allman
Director of Admissions

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


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.

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

Information Sessions

9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Available Sunday through Thursday nights.


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.