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  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
    B-
Wake Forest is a highly rated private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the Greensboro Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,900 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Wake Forest acceptance rate is 30%. Popular majors include Economics, Communications, and Psychology. Graduating 88% of students, Wake Forest alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $47,700.
About Wake Forest University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
Address
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
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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
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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 21 responses
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  • Ambitious
    67%
  • Tired
    14%
  • Busy
    10%
  • White
    10%

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
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  • 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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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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Wake Forest University has a beautiful campus and passionate, talented professors. The workload is definitely sizable but with time management and hard work you can definitely succeed. The professors are always eager to assist you if you need extra help. All teachers have office hours, where they are in their offices solely to answer your questions. Wake Forest is definitely has the motto work hard, play hard. Though going out is fun, the library is always packed come Sunday morning. The new gymnasium is amazing and the university is starting to renovate the dorms. I love attending Wake Forest!
I loved my years at Wake Forest! I made connections with professors, found myself engaged in my classes, enjoyed the social scene of the school, and had valuable experiences both on and off campus. Wake is the perfect school for a student who is ambitious and driven, likes a challenge, and wants to get involved outside of the classroom in research, on-campus work, clubs, Greek life, and more.

It's often said that Wake is a small school with big school offerings (like variety of class selection, career office, facilities, bad food, and D1 sports), and I found this to be completely true. The office of academic advising actively reaches out to students if they're struggling to help them find a tutor or work with their professors. The school also supports a large study abroad office and owns three houses in Europe that students can stay and study at.