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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B
Wake Forest is a highly rated private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the Greensboro Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,171 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Wake Forest acceptance rate is 29%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Biology. Graduating 89% of students, Wake Forest alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $51,100.
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference

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.

WFU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
29%
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

Cost

Net Price
$27,354/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$41,719/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
46%

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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
28%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    99%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,171Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
54
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
8%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
  • Ambitious
    64%
  • Busy
    12%
  • Tired
    12%
  • White
    12%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.65 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.67 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
  • Work Hard, Play Hard
    66%
  • Old Southern Charm
    21%
  • Work Hard, Play Sometimes
    7%
  • PWI
    3%
  • Work hard, feel reality
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$63,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
89%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
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Wake Forest University Reviews

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It is an amazing school that allows many educational opportunities for all students! The campus is beautiful and creates such a welcoming atmosphere. Students are very involved both in terms of academics and student life. There isn't much I would change about Wake Forest. There is a good variety of food choices, but if I was to change something, I would add additional food options.
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I actually really liked learning online! Wake Forest did a great job of ensuring that there was still communication amongst professors and students to mimic a classroom environment. However, one thing I did not like was an increase in "busy work" that I noticed in my classes after we switched to online working. A lot of the work I was assigned did not contribute much of an impact to the courses I was taking.
I arrived at the campus and all of the building and lawns were beautifully kept and maintained. It is quieter during the summer.The newly built business school is on the main campus contains all the latest technology and has so much to offer students.
They have a lot of resources for student career searches, the networking opportunities are amazing and because the school is smaller they focus in on the whole student and not just the grades. The program I am in at the graduate level has a 97% employment rate (within 6 months of graduating).
The student housing options are amazing! They have newly renovated homes and apartments for multiple people willing to have roommates. The campus and surrounding area is patrolled mostly in the evening and security is pretty pleasant.
The diversity on campus is decent for a PWI. The athletics and party scene are okay. I recommend getting involved and staying busy on campus to increase perspective employment instead of focusing on nightlife.