See what 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 development 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 “ensure that students are comfortable with voicing their opinions.” Classes “are not easy and good grades are tough to come by.” Fortunately, faculty “are extremely helpful” and it’s worth noting that many students receive academic credit for faculty-directed research. “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.

Some students note that “the greatest aspects of Wake Forest” are the small school atmosphere but large school resources, as well as the high levels of support. “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 “opportunities that meld ideas and people that just don’t happen at other colleges.”

Student Body

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.” Some even describe the experience as “a living J. Crew magazine” in which many students are “preppy, involved in Greek life, [and] from the East Coast.” But 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.” WFU students come from 49 states and more than 40 countries.

Campus Life

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” keep 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 Division I 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).” 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 to support cancer research, and many others.

Contact & Visit

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

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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.


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