"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"
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.
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.