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Wake Forest University, founded in 1834, is a private liberal arts university. Though small, it has the resources of a much larger institution. Students choose Wake Forest over other similar schools for many reasons, including its small classes, the breadth and availability of its study abroad programs, the strength of its academic programs (particularly accounting and other preprofessional programs) and the commitment to community service, reflected in its 700-member Volunteer Service Corps. Other factors, such as individualized instruction and Atlantic Coast Conference sports, also distinguish Wake Forest. In 1996, Wake Forest launched a comprehensive plan to enhance undergraduate education. The plan has brought greater use of computer technology to the university. All freshmen receive IBM ThinkPads when they arrive on campus, and students have quick and easy access to the university's sophisticated computer network from practically anywhere on campus, including classrooms and residence halls. The plan's many other features include the introduction of first-year seminars (many of which give freshman their first opportunities to use their new laptop computers), the hiring of additional faculty and new scholarships. The 340-acre campus is located in Winston-Salem, adjacent to 150-acre Reynolda Gardens, and has many modified Georgian buildings.

Website: www.wfu.edu/

(53.2%) 2,811 Women
(46.8%) 2,476 Men


Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
30% of 12,559 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Early Decision Offered
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
670-770 range of middle 50%
650-720 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30-33 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
Average Freshman Award
Average Indebtedness of 2019 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Winston-Salem Population
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
77% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Demon Deacon
Not reported
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.7% Asian
7.1% Black/African-American
8.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
76.7% White
0.0% Unknown
International Students
First-Year Students Returning
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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