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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.

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," 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

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.


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 710

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
650 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 750

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 15

Regular — January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

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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


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

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. There are numerous career fairs during the academic year including a STEM Slam for students in any major interested in talking to STEM employers. There are also optional Career Treks to Washington, New York and San Francisco that students can apply to attend. Wake Forest graduates who visited reported an average starting salary of $56,000, and 48 percent said they felt their job had a meaningful impact on the world.

At Wake Forest, "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 surveyed 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 2015 were either employed or in graduate school. The university'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. 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?"


Application Deadlines
Jan 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

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
Foreign Countries Represented



53% female
47% male
77% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time


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

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

35% join a fraternity
60% 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


School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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:

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:

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.

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