Diversity & Inclusion

Different. Together.

Diversity, inclusion and respect are foundational elements within a deeply personal education. Because they represent the right thing to do, and because ignoring the power of diversity defies the purpose of education. Open minds absorb new perspectives and experiences, and more readily explore the complex challenges that hone vision and propel potential. Actively seeking common ground and an understanding of our differences prepares students for the diverse world that awaits them. Anything less would be shortsighted.

Office of Diversity & Inclusion


A Place to Call Home

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Jose Villalba explains how his office makes Wake Forest the most equitable, welcoming and comfortable environment it can be.


Welcome, Everyone

  • 30%: racial and ethnic diversity in the student population (Fall 2019)
  • 55%: increase in ethnic diversity in just the past ten years (Fall 2009 to Fall 2019).
  • At least 20: languages spoken
  • At least 30: religious traditions represented
  • 50: foreign countries represented (Fall 2019)
  • 48: U.S. states represented (Fall 2019) → (Alaska and North Dakota, we’re looking for you.)
Interfaith Arch

The sun shines through “Interfaith Arch,” a public art project by Wake Forest senior Catherine “Cat” Wilson (’08), outside Wait Chapel.


José Villalba, the Wake Forest Interim Chief Diversity Offer and professor of Counseling, has a conversation with a student

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Diversity and Inclusion Leadership team develops and articulates the institutional approach to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community. Our campus culture transforms the driving assumptions underlying our policies, the allocation of resources and the synthesis of institutional practices to assure our increasingly diverse population receives equitable treatment.

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Wake Forest holds an Intercultural graduation ceremony in the Benson Center

Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center is committed to enhancing the experience of domestic and international underrepresented groups by offering co-curricular programming, advising and advocacy that enhances intercultural knowledge, competency and leadership. By promoting a welcoming environment, we strive to uphold the Wake Forest mission of Pro Humanitate.

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Wake Forest hosts its fourth annual Lavender Graduation for LGBTQ students and allies in Farrell Hall

LGBTQ+ Center

The LGBTQ Center provides support and advocacy to Wake Forest University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students, faculty and staff, and education to the entire campus community about issues of gender identity and sexual orientation.

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Women's Center

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center strives to create an educational and professional environment that supports women and promotes gender equity. We foster safe spaces to reflect on individual and collective experiences and identities; develop co-curricular programming around women’s and gender issues; and identify and advocate for policies to improve gender climate and inclusive practices.

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What’s Next?

At Wake Forest University, we value initiative. We’re excited to offer you this page to point you to what’s next – as a way for you to start planning ahead.

Information for H.S. Seniors (Class of 2025)

Where to Start

Let’s start with your getting to know us – and our getting to know you. Through application questions and optional personal interviews, we’ll want to know about your talents and accomplishments, your thoughts and ideas, your motivations.

Key Dates to Remember

WHAT WHEN
Webcam Interviews May – November
Live Virtual Information Sessions Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Early Decision I Deadline: November 15
Merit-Based Scholarship Deadline: December 1
Early Decision II Deadline: January 1
Regular Decision Deadline: January 1