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Wake Forest University


Wake Forest University

Combining the student-faculty interaction of traditional liberal-arts education with the facilities, ambitions and achievements of the nation's larger research institutions, Wake Forest is America's leading collegiate university. It has been ranked as one of the Top 30 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report for 17 consecutive years and is now one of only three Top-30 schools in which all full-credit academic classes are taught by faculty rather than graduate assistants. The student-faculty ratio is 11 to 1, and that faculty provides the 13th-best undergraduate teaching in the country according to U.S. News.

In 2012-13, the University’s 4,815 undergraduates came from 47 states and 28 foreign countries. Wake Forest offers nationally acclaimed graduate programs in Arts and Sciences, Business, Divinity, Law and Medicine and has a total enrollment of 7,432.

Wake Forest is the most prestigious national university that does not require applicants to submit standardized-test scores in the admissions process.  Since announcing the test-optional model in 2008, the University has become more selective and more diverse.


Campus Life

Wake Forest was founded in 1834 in a town of the same name located 16 miles from Raleigh, N.C. In 1956, it moved its main campus to its current location in Winston-Salem, N.C., a city recognized for its culturally vibrant downtown and high ranking in general livability. 

Once on campus, the University's students discover several qualities that set their school apart. 

In their first year, they are encouraged to pursue the entirety of what the school offers: from applying for one-on-one research opportunities with faculty members to participating in student plays to seeking hundreds of other possibilities. 


Wait Chapel

Wake Forest is one of only three Carnegie Foundation-recognized research institutions in which more than half the student body earns academic credit abroad. Students have access to more than 200 cities in 69 countries worldwide through programs the University runs directly or with which it is affiliated. Wake Forest owns residential and educational houses in London, Vienna and Venice and a study center in Managua, Nicaragua.

Wake Forest’s motto, Pro Humanitate (“For Humanity), is put into action by several fund-raising and other community-service events run by students each year. More than 1,000 students annually provide 20 or more volunteer hours per semester.

Meeting 100 percent of every student’s demonstrated financial need, Wake Forest is consistently named one of the nation’s “Best Value Universities” by U.S. News and the Princeton Review

This is a great way to save for the cost of a Wake Forest education.  By paying for tomorrow’s tuition at today’s rates, families receive an excellent return on their investment.

William T. Wells, Director of Financial Aid