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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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Wake Forest University was founded in 1834 outside the state capital of Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1941, the medical school moved to Winston-Salem, and the rest of the College followed in 1956.


Private, coeducational collegiate university with a liberal arts curriculum


Nathan O. Hatch, AB, AM, Ph.D.


"Pro Humanitate" (for humanity)

Enrollment (2012-13):

Applicants for first-year admission: 11,407

Freshmen accepted/enrolled: 3,875/1,234

Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,815

Graduate and professional schools: 2,617

Total University enrollment: 7,432


Old gold and black


The Demon Deacon

Fight Song:

"O Here's To Wake Forest."

Alma Mater:

"Dear Old Wake Forest."

Dear old Wake Forest, Thine is a noble name;
Thine is a glorious fame, Constant and true.
We give thee of our praise, Adore thine ancient days,
Sing thee our humble lays, Mother, so dear.

Dear old Wake Forest, Mystic thy name to cheer;
Be thou our guardian near fore'er and aye.
We bow before thy shrine, Thy brow with bays entwine,
All honor now be thine, Mother, today.

— George W. Paschal, Class of 1892
(Thuringian folk song)

Did You Know?

Wake Forest is the nation's premier collegiate university
Wake Forest blends the personal experience of a liberal arts college with the resources of top research universities. Wake Forest is ranked 23rd in the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges. WFU ranked No. 11 among national universities on its "Strong Commitment to Teaching" list.

The University prepares you to do good AND to do well
The Wake Forest community embodies the University's motto, Pro Humanitate, or "for humanity." Students organize annual service trips to India, Honduras, Vietnam and Eastern Europe and many other projects closer to home. Wake Forest is one of the top small colleges in the number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps. The University fosters thinking and action. Numerous students have started successful businesses — while in school.

The entrepreneurship program is one of the strongest in the country. A broad course selection, mentoring and other support will get you started on the road to success.

Wake Forest was the first top 30 national university to make standardized tests optional in the admissions process

Wake Forest wants to know who you are and what your goals and dreams are. Your classroom performance, writing ability, extracurricular activities and evidence of character and talent are the most important criteria for admission. Personal interviews with admissions counselors are strongly encouraged. Find out more about Wake Forest's decision.

The University offers programs in liberal arts as well as graduate and professional education
Wake Forest is distinguished by its small size, complemented by the resources of a larger university. Undergraduates can choose among 40 different majors. Strong graduate programs in arts and sciences, nationally ranked schools of law, business and medicine, and a growing divinity school enhance the undergraduate experience. Degrees offered: BA, BS, BS/MS (accountancy), MA, MS, MAEd, MALS, MBA, MDIV, PhD, LL.M, JD, MD, MD/MS, MD/PhD, MSA/MBA, PhD/MBA, JD/MBA, MD/MBA, MD/PhD, Allied Health programs.

A community atmosphere and beautiful campus are two things you'll notice right away
When you choose a university, you also choose a home for four years. Wake Forest is a place where you'll enjoy living, learning and finding your niche. Wake Forest's hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a culturally rich mid-size city. Students are required to live on campus their first three years; housing is guaranteed for all four years. First-year students can bring cars, but residence halls, classroom buildings, the student center and fitness center are just a short walk from anywhere on campus. Numerous dining choices are offered, including a new Starbucks study space in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

A student/faculty ratio of 11:1 encourages one-to-one interaction and intellectual collaboration between students and professors
Most classes have less than 25 students. First-year students take two seminar classes with less than 18 students in each. With the exception of health classes and some laboratory sections, all classes are taught by faculty teacher-scholars, not graduate students.

Thirteen Wake Forest students have been named Rhodes Scholars since 1986
In the last two years, 18 undergraduates and recent graduates have received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for study or research abroad. Numerous other students have received Marshall, Goldwater, Mellon, Luce, Truman and National Science Foundation awards or other honors.

Study abroad opportunities are abundant
More than 70 percent of Wake Forest undergraduates study abroad. Wake Forest offers study-abroad opportunities at University-owned residences in London, Venice and Vienna, and more than 400 programs in more than 200 cities and 70 countries, including Australia, Africa, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Russia and Spain. The student-run Volunteer Service Corps plans international service trips, furthering the University's "Pro Humanitate" motto. Or closer to home, intern in Washington, D.C., with a government agency, non-profit organization or media outlet.

More than 60% of undergraduates receive financial aid
Wake Forest's generous aid program allows deserving students to enroll regardless of their financial circumstances.

Undergraduate tuition (2012-13)*
Tuition: $43,200
Room (estimate): $7,800
Board (estimate): $3,860
Books (estimate): $1,100
Personal expenses: $1,500
Transportation: $800
Total: $58,260

*All figures, other than full-time tuition and fees, are estimated averages. This estimate of average total costs is used to determine need for financial aid. Bills for University charges will reflect the actual costs incurred by an individual student, and may be for amounts greater or less than this average.

Wake Forest students come from every part of the United States and the world
At Wake Forest, you will meet students from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and cultures — all of whom contribute to our unique community of learning. Read more about our student body [PDF].

Wake Forest competes in Division 1 athletics
The Demon Deacons boast great school spirit to go along with recent national championships in men's soccer and men's tennis; three national titles in field hockey and men's golf; and numerous Atlantic Coast Conference titles.

There's a student organization for almost every interest
From the Student Environmental Action Coalition to the Debate Team to the literary magazine, there's a group to join — or you can start your own. Intramural and club sports teams, student media (print / radio / TV), volunteer programs and leadership development opportunities are among the many outlets for personal growth and service.

A Wake Forest education prepares students exceptionally well for life after graduation
There is a strong commitment to career planning and vocational discernment at Wake Forest. View our graduates' job placement and graduate school statistics [PDF], as well as medical school [PDF] and law school [PDF] acceptance numbers.

In their own words...

Marcus Keely

“If you take advantage of the opportunities offered here, you can become closely connected to your colleagues, professors and friends in a true pursuit of knowledge and learning.”

— Marcus Keely ('10)