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"Cambridge, Massachusetts seemed to have all I wanted: history, universities, a mixture of races, great bookstores, churches and places to party on Saturday night.

"Only Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with all the same assets, vied with Cambridge … Winston-Salem is in the Piedmont; it is literally at the foot of the mountains. The mountains that lean over us are the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge … I fell for the soft singing accent of the natives …"

Maya Angelou, poet, actress and Reynolds Professor of American Studies
From "Letter to My Daughter"

Our Community

Finding your place in the world begins with understanding yourself — your skills, your interests, your passions — and believing in your abilities and talents.

Find your way to Wake Forest University and you will discover an academically exciting, welcoming community of faculty, students, administrators and alumni who believe in what you have to offer.

Wake Forest, the nation's premier collegiate university, is small in size but big in resources. It offers an expansive curriculum, a broad selection of majors and minors, and a range of international study as well as service experiences. With about 4,400 undergraduates, Wake Forest classes are small and led by teacher-scholars who know their students by name and often engage them in research opportunities.

A variety of student organizations, opportunities for public engagement and service, as well as recreational activities, will help you find your niche in this friendly, face-to-face community.


Wake Forest's hometown, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a culturally rich mid-size city in the Piedmont Triad area of one of the nation's most progressive states. With a population of 225,000, Winston-Salem has consistently built resources in the arts, medicine, health care research, education and commerce.

Located about three miles from the main campus, downtown Winston-Salem is a thriving area that includes galleries and shops; indoor and outdoor performance spaces and museums; a greenway that traverses the Old Salem district; hotels, restaurants and sidewalk cafes.

The University provides an evening shuttle service to and from downtown on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from August to May.

North Carolina

From the campus, access to the ski areas of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains is a two-hour drive, and travel to the North Carolina and South Carolina beaches takes about four hours. A number of county and state parks are short distances from campus.

Greater Winston-Salem Activities

Stroll through Reynolda Village and Gardens, adjacent to the campus, and visit the latest exhibition at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

Cycle, run, boat or picnic at Salem Lake, on the city's eastern edge, or Tanglewood Park just west of the city.

Have dinner with your friends at a sidewalk cafe downtown and walk to a River Run Film Festival screening at the Stevens Center.

Enjoy a Friday night gallery hop in the Trade Street Arts District.

Attend a Winston-Salem Symphony concert.

Tour the Old Salem Historic District and sample traditional Moravian pastries from the Winkler Bakery.

In their own words...

Amanda Finney

“In order to succeed in life, you must surround yourself with the right people that will encourage you and help you to give your all. I believe that Wake has the perfect atmosphere to do this.”

— Amanda Finney ('13)