Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC

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About Wake Forest University

Established in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Winston-Salem, NC. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked Wake Forest 25th among national universities. The university's motto, 'Pro Humanitate,' means 'for humanity,' and it was selected to demonstrate the school's commitment to service.


Wake Forest offers roughly 75 degree programs through six colleges and schools, including the School of Divinity, the School of Law and the School of Medicine. The university also boasts the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. Some 400 foreign study programs in 70 countries enable over 60% of undergraduates to study abroad. In keeping with its emphasis on service, the university also partners with over 150 community groups to provide students with service opportunities. Some online programs are available, including master's degrees in human services and counseling. Students may take advantage of eight varsity athletic teams each for men and women, as well as numerous club and intramural sports.


The deadline for regular undergraduate applications is January 1, with a decision notification date of April 1. Early decision applicants can apply any time between their junior year of high school and November 15 of their senior year. Students can apply using the school's application, the Common Application or the Universal College Application. Applicants must submit a transcript and school report, a teacher recommendation letter and a mid-year report. Standardized test scores are optional, as are on-campus interviews. The university may award credit for qualifying Advanced Placement (AP) test scores.

In 2011, roughly 40% of undergraduate applicants were accepted. Of those accepted, approximately 30% enrolled, resulting in a freshman class of 1,237. Roughly 65% of Wake Forest's students were undergraduates. Approximately eight out of ten undergrads were white, while 8% were African-American, 6% were Asian and 5% were Latino.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2012-2013, undergraduate tuition at Wake Forest is $43,200. An estimated additional $11,700 covers room and board, and books are anticipated to cost $1,100. Students are expected to spend about $2,300 on personal expenses and transportation. Numerous scholarship opportunities, including the Presidential Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement, are available, and students may take advantage of an interest-free monthly payment plan.

Graduate tuition is $33,174 for the 2012-2013 academic year, and fellowship, scholarship and assistantship opportunities are available. According to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, four-fifths of full-time graduate students receive tuition assistance.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 4,775 undergraduates and 2,576 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 8 semesters of housing guaranteed to undergraduates admitted as resident students**
Schools and Programs 6 schools and colleges, about 75 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: General Business/Commerce (113)
Master's: General Business Administration and Management (268)
Doctoral: Medicine (118)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
82% in 4 years
88% in 6 years*
Undergraduate Admission Rate Roughly 40% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 1,237 undergraduates in 2011**
First-Year Undergraduate Retention Rates 93% for full-time students and 100% for part-time students*
Middle 50% of Composite SAT Scores of Admitted Freshmen 1260-1380 in 2011 (score submission optional)**
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 1 for regular decision**
Undergraduate Decision Notification Date April 1 for regular decision**
Undergraduate Tuition $43,200 in 2012-13**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of All Undergrads Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (58%), Pell grants (11%), federal student loans (35%)*
Percent of Freshmen Receiving Some Form of Aid 80% in 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Wake Forest University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Undergraduate Admissions, Wake Forest University, P.O. Box 7305, Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7305
  • Phone: (336) 758-5201
  • Website:

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