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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.

The Basics

Status: Private, coeducational collegiate university with a liberal arts curriculum
President: Nathan O. Hatch, AB, AM, Ph.D.
Motto: “Pro Humanitate” (For Humanity)
Colors: Old Gold and Black
Mascot: 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)
Athletic Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
Competing in 18 Division I sports

By the Numbers

National Rank: #27
Enrollment (2014-15): Applicants for first-year admission: 11,119
Freshmen accepted/enrolled: 3,824/1,288
Total undergraduate enrollment: 4,812
Graduate and professional schools: 2,779
Total University enrollment: 7,591
Undergraduate Tuition: $46,262
Room/Board: $12,638
Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:11
Faculty with the highest degree in their field: 92%
Ethnic Diversity 24%
Student Clubs and Organizations 194
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