The Wake Forest University Schools of Business offers “a first-rate education delivered in a small school atmosphere that is conducive to high levels of interaction between students and the faculty.” Students universally laud the “personal touch” the graduate business program employs with its “commitment to academic excellence, strong faculty, [and] small class size that enables plenty of interaction among students and faculty.”
Academics at Wake Forest follow a holistic approach. The integrated curriculum helps students learn to analyze and solve problems by understanding the many components of a solution. Course content follows suit and is organized around a strong first-year core which includes essentials such as international business management, financial management, macroeconomics, operations management, and quantitative methods. In their second year students choose a career concentration within the broader areas of consulting/general management, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, operations management, health, or an individually-designed concentration. As one student attests, “The workload...is generally much more intense than what most students expect coming into the school and in comparison to students at similar schools. However, this intense and well-rounded education has already proven beneficial in my summer internship and in job interviews.”
The administration is “easily accessible and from faculty to staff, everyone is friendly. Student voices can be heard.” When it comes to professors, at Wake Forest it’s a first name, open-door policy; “All of my professors are engaged in my success. The level of dedication is a defining factor that sets Wake Forest apart,” says one student. In addition, the “Dean has fantastic visions for the school.” Dean of Business Steve Reinemund, former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, believes that by developing passionate business leaders who are ready to succeed in the marketplace the School’s overall goal—to impact the marketplace in positive ways and to get results with integrity—will be achieved.
Life on campus “is fast-paced and exciting.” The workload is pretty demanding, but there is time for fun.” The student government “puts on lots of social events that bring most people out to socialize.” There are “tons of clubs, activities, both athletic, cultural, and community oriented,” and “the town of Winston-Salem also has plenty of dining venues.” The typical day at Wake “ranges from all-nighter’s in the study room with your learning team to happy-hour events in the courtyard where students cut loose, to Alive at 5 concerts in downtown. It very much is a work hard play hard atmosphere,” which “prepares you well for the future.” “Quality of life is part of what makes Wake Forest such a great place to be.” In essence, Wake Forest’s Full-Time MBA Program is full of “brilliant, type-A achievers you can get along with.” There is “a prevailing atmosphere of collaboration and support.” There is also excitement about the upcoming fall 2013 completion of Farrell Hall, the future state-of-the-art home of the School of Business.