National Universities USA – 2016 – Wake Forest University – Rank 28/100
Wake Forest University
Box 7305, Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Phone: (336) 758-5000
Wake Forest University is a private institution that was founded in 1834. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,867, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 340 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wake Forest University’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 27. Its tuition and fees are $47,682 (2015-16).
Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, just a few hours by car from skiing in the Blue Ridge Mountains or relaxing on the beaches of South Carolina. Campus Recreation offers intramural sports and outdoor trips such as kayaking on the New River, hang-gliding and sky-diving. The Demon Deacons, Wake’s athletic teams, are members of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. When Wake Forest played rival Duke University in 1922 and won, a local reporter described the Wake players as “Demon Deacons,” and thus, the mascot was born. Students must live on campus for six semesters in one of the residence halls. Greek organizations play a big role at Wake Forest, with a membership consisting of almost half of the student body.
Wake Forest is made up of six schools. Its graduate programs include those in the highly ranked School of Law, School of Business and School of Medicine. Undergraduates are enrolled in either Wake Forest College or the business school. About 60 percent of students take advantage of Wake’s study abroad programs offered in more than 70 countries around the world. Notable alumni include the shortest NBA player of all-time, Muggsy Bogues; legendary golfer Arnold Palmer; and journalist and talk show host Al Hunt.
One of the nation’s most respected private schools, Wake Forest University is recognized for its outstanding academic reputation and challenging liberal arts curriculum. With 4,800 undergraduates, the University provides the highly personalized attention characteristic of America’s most selective private institutions coupled with the breadth and depth of a large research institution. Founded in 1834, Wake Forest is committed to personal education, inquiry and exploration, and service. The Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, along with professional schools in law, medicine, business and divinity, enrich the intellectual environment and provide robust resources to undergraduates, as do extensive programs in international studies, entrepreneurship and undergraduate research. The University further distinguishes itself through its beautiful residential campus, sophisticated computing and networking technology, and Atlantic Coast Conference athletic programs. The vibrant campus offers students opportunities to get involved, explore ideas, and take initiative to create programs and events of their own. Wake Forest professors embody the teacher-scholar ideal, which links exceptional teaching with fundamental research and discovery. This results in meaningful research opportunities for students and classroom experiences with professors who are relevant in their fields. Undergraduate classes are taught by full-time faculty, not graduate assistants. Wake Forest’s motto, Pro Humanitate (for humanity), is at the heart of the University’s identity and reflects a dedication to making a difference in the world. Volunteerism is a priority among Wake Forest students, who serve regularly at local agencies or travel around the country and the world to participate in various projects. Wake Forest is home to the Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials, which works closely with industry leaders to transfer its groundbreaking work in nanotechnology to practical applications in the areas of medicine, manufacturing and national defense. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is an international leader in the translation of scientific discovery into clinical therapies. Wake Forest is a national leader in rethinking the college to career experience and is at the forefront of transforming the traditional concept of ???career services??? into a holistic, four-year approach to personal and career development. The University has become a national model for creating a college-to-career community designed to help students prepare to lead lives that matter.