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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 (2017-18): Applicants for first-year admission: 13,073
Freshmen accepted/enrolled: 3,604/1,350
Total undergraduate enrollment: 5,102
Graduate and professional schools: 3,014
Total University enrollment: 8,116
Undergraduate Tuition (2018-19): $53,322
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 29%
Student Clubs and Organizations 265
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