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Welcome to Wake Forest

From Martha Allman, director of undergraduate admissions.

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Mother, So Dear

See the people and places of Wake Forest.

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Raheem Polk is an enterprising senior majoring in Political Science and Minoring in Business.

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Just the Facts

Get the facts about Wake Forest, including info on the SAT, financial aid, housing, the student body, student-faculty ratio, majors and minors and more.

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You can expect:

  • a rigorous academic environment
  • small class size — most classes have less than 25 students
  • your professor to know your name
  • the academic resources of a large university
  • the opportunity to work closely with professors and pursue your academic passions

The Liberal Arts

Critical thinking requires a broad understanding of the world. Students take classes from a variety of disciplines.

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Academic Excellence

At Wake Forest, motivated students are interested in a lifetime of learning and in using their knowledge to make a difference in the world.

The core curriculum provides broad competencies in the following areas: critical thinking and analysis of arguments; oral and written communication; quantitative reasoning; understanding cross-cultural perspectives; and understanding the modes of learning across disciplines.

You will be encouraged to think critically, form opinions and articulate them.

The teacher-scholar ideal

At Wake Forest, every faculty member is dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research. Professors, not graduate assistants, are the primary instructors. Students have access to top-flight scholars from the very first day of their college career.

"All professors doing research are interested in getting undergrads involved. If you show interest and drive, they are eager to respond, and I think that's what sets Wake Forest apart." — Kevin Cooper ('10)

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The Faculty

  • Melissa Harris-Perry to join faculty

    MSNBC television host, political thought leader and Wake Forest University alumna Melissa Harris-Perry (‘94) will return this summer to her alma mater as a chaired professor.

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First-Year Seminars: Idiosyncratic topics that otherwise might not fit comfortably into the conventional course canon make popular first-year seminars. See this year's seminars on the New Student site.

In their own words...

Glenn Zhao

“The curriculum at Wake Forest will prepare a student successfully for his or her future career, but more importantly, it molds a student to become a leader in society and to make a positive impact on others.”

— Glenn Zhao ('09)