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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

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
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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
4,900Undergrads
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
Report
  • 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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Wake Forest University Reviews

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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.
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The worst part of my 4 years at Wake Forest was graduating and having to leave! As a Northern that transplanted herself to the South, I couldn't have asked for a kinder, safer, or more welcoming environment. I made the best of friends and was provided with many opportunities for class selection, extracurriculars, and study abroad. Now as an alumni, I would like to see Wake Forest put a little more effort into promoting career planning and skills for all majors and especially those in STEM subjects that might not know what the possibilities are.
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!