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Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC
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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 4,955
   Women 2,615 (52.8%)
   Men 2,340 (47.2%)
Graduate Students 3,013
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 30% of 14,006 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 640-740 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 28-32 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $66,512
  Tuition and Fees $49,308
  Room and Board $13,404
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $46,337
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Not reported
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 573
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Winston-Salem Population 236,441
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 77% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Demon Deacon
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.5% Asian
7.2% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.4% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students 8.8%
First-Year Students Returning 94.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 83.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported