A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Wake Forest University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
Address
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Website
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Wake Forest University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
30%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1270-1410
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$23,826/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $10,818/ year
  • $30-48k
    $8,392/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,521/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,697/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,330/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
31%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,807Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
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  • Ambitious
    50%
  • White and Privleged
    25%
  • Tired
    11%
  • Busy
    7%
  • White
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.61 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.63 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Work Hard, Play Hard
    64%
  • Old Southern Charm
    24%
  • Work Hard, Play Sometimes
    8%
  • Work hard, feel reality
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$60,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
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Since Wake Forest is such a small university, the number of students in each classes are roughly 15 students. College is not easy, especially attending a private university. Since the class sizes are not large, I am guaranteed that I will get any help I need from my professors. I'm not just a number in their classrooms. Professors actually get to know your name, they grab coffee with you, and at times invite you to dinners with their families. The professors at Wake Forest University are amazing!
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Wake Forest gives you the opportunity and resources to thrive academically and socially. Through peer tutoring programs, peer and faculty advising, free personal and career development programs and such, Wake will set you up to be successful. Additionally, the small community environment has its pros and cons. Your classes are small and you gain great connections with both your professors and peers, but the small community can feel somewhat suffocating sometimes. Greek life is a major thing on campus, but whether you choose to be involved or not, you can find your own social niche. Overall it was a great experience.
Challenging academics, with professors who have high expectations and want you to succeed. Students care a lot about school, even when they say they don't- the work hard play hard reputation is DEFINITELY true. Come to Wake Forest if you're ready to learn a lot both in the classroom and about yourself as a person. For the past four years, I've been surrounded by incredibly motivated individuals who are all passionate about something, and that is so cool. Dining has improved SO MUCH since I've been here. Dorms are also getting better every year, with all of the 1950s buildings on the quad either already renovated or plans to do so within the next year. The one issue here is that housing selection is stressful. Getting a job before graduation is the norm- most of my senior friends and I are either already employed or planning to go to grad school. I didn't realize how special that was until I started talking to friends at other colleges.