WFU at a Glance

Wake Forest is the only college in the history of the U.S. News rankings to advance from classification as a Regional University to the Top 30 of the National Universities list. It combines the facilities of a research institution with a degree of faculty engagement most often associated with small liberal arts colleges. To put it another way: Yes, you can have it all.

As you’re exploring Wake Forest, take a look below to learn a little bit about who we are. Additional quick facts and other information about Wake Forest can be found on our about us site.

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 (U.S. News, September 2019)
Enrollment (2018-19): Applicants for first-year admission: 12,937
Freshmen accepted/enrolled: 3,803/1,421
Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,225
Graduate and professional schools: 3,176
Total University enrollment: 8,401
Undergraduate Tuition
(2019-20):
$55,540
Estimated Cost of Attendance (2019-20): $74,424
Room/Board: Visit Student Financial Services for information re: housing and meal plan options and costs
Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:11
Faculty with the highest degree in their field: 94%
Ethnic Diversity 30%
Student Clubs and Organizations 250
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