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Winston Salem, NC
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4,746
Tuition
$43,200
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 722 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Freshman

Drug Safety: I hate to give a rating about the "Drug Safety" here because it isn't logical.

Here's the deal: alcohol is very easy to get your hands on. There will most likely be a kid in your hallway who has a fake ID, and all fraternities provide unlimited alcohol at all parties. Cops don't bother with you in most cases; the majority of writeups freshman year stem from getting busted pregaming in your room by the RA on duty or people passing out or drinking in dumb/public places. As long as you aren't obnoxious and don't disturb others you won't get written up.

Marijuana is rapidly gaining popularity on campus, and is pretty easy to get your hands on. I have had little difficulty in finding sources. Cops are cracking down recently though so be careful...

Adderall is pretty prevalent, you will find lots of students use it here because of all the homework that we're given. This may seem negligible but it's a true testament to the workload here.

As for coke, Xanax, etc., these are not used by the majority of students (maybe 10-15% use) but are still accessible if you look in the right places.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There are barely any international students/minorities here. If you want to go to a mostly white Republican upper class school, this is the place.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I love Wake Forest. The academics, campus, and people here are wonderful.

I always thought the idea of "Work Forest" was going to be a big joke before I came here, but I can guarantee you that you will work harder here than at the majority of top 20 schools.

There is a huge mentality of "Work hard, play hard"; people study for hours and hours and get blackout every weekend.

You could say that there is a very fast paced lifestyle on this campus.

I wish that Greek life wasn't as big as it is here, but that's just how things are. If you don't go Greek or have friends that go Greek, you're going to have a hard time getting into parties.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: They give students new computers after two years, so you will pretty much always have a relatively new computer. I don't use mine very often but everyone here uses them so I think they work alright.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Attractive and driven student body.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Spring and fall are beautiful at wake

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You have to live on campus for 3 years.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: So far it is has been great!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of white. Most people are accepting of all races. Besides international asians. If you're not speaking english, there will be tension.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you participate, you'll have fun and be safe.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's either really cheap, or over priced. Not much in between.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Fairly warm and sunny throughout the year. A little rainy and windy but not bad at all.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pricey, and you can only do it for one year, but definitely worth it

5 College Freshman

Academics: You put in work now, you'll get your internships, and then everything will have paid off later in life. AKA lots of work, but it helps make you a productive worker.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: A brand new gym is opening soon which will be amazing

4 College Freshman

Parking: A little pricey, but there are practically unlimited spots. Wake is very strict, however.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Once you figure out the phone number system then it's very fun

3 College Junior

Athletics: The gym for non athletes isn't great...

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5 College Junior

Computers: Everyone gets a new Lenovo ThinkPad upon enrollment that you keep with you all four years. Any problems you may have, "The Bridge" is a tech support center in the library that is always there if you need help. If the computer breaks, which it probably will (this is why the protection plan is a must), they'll give you a loaner in the mean time. It would be nice, however, if the wireless was available on the outdoor part of campus.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus is great, and the student health center is really convenient for when you get mono freshman year or drink too much at go in under amnesty. Immediately off campus, there are a number of break ins that occur in student occupied residences by the local "townies"

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Winston-Salem is a large, but kind of sketchy city. There are tons of places to eat and shop around town, but the area surrounding campus isn't somewhere I'd want to be walking alone at night.. When you're on campus though, Wake is extremely safe.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Go Greek when you come to Wake, or don't come at all. Greek life dominates this campus and there is next to no social life outside the greek bubble.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Half of the dorms need an overhaul and complete remodel, but the other half are almost like luxury hotel rooms.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you want alcohol, it's easy for anyone to get there hands on. It's annoying that the liquor stores are state run and have very limited hours. Wake Forest is a wet campus, featuring two on campus locations where beer ($5 pitchers are clutch) and wine are sold. If you're underage and carrying a beer can around campus, yes you'll get into trouble. However, drink like a normal person and you're all set.

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4 College Junior

Weather: The mild winters are fantastic. When it snows a half inch, school gets shut down, which is nice. It does rain a lot, and our campus loves to flood, but the sunny days make up for it.

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Will Geiger
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Students overwhelmingly agree that their experience at Wake Forest was a very special one. Despite the “Work Forest” reputation (and reality), the challenging liberal arts coursework of Wake Forest prepares students to be successful leaders in the world. Students are often very well-rounded and take part in a variety of activities, including athletics, Greek life, and clubs. ACC Athletics and supporting the Demon Deacon sports teams are an important part of Wake Forest’s identity. As one of the smallest Division I schools, Wake Forest offers sporting events of the caliber of a much larger institution. Despite the intimate campus community, Wake Forest encourages students to engage the wider world, from Winston-Salem to Vietnam and everywhere in between. As a true “liberal arts university,” Wake Forest gives students access to the research resources of a much larger university. In particular, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a nationwide leader in medical research. In short, for many alumni, graduation day was a very sad one indeed. Nonetheless, students do not pretend that Wake Forest is an absolutely perfect place.

Probably the biggest concern of Wake Forest students is that Winston-Salem is not the ideal college town. This is certainly valid, but Wake Forest has consistently made efforts to connect with the growing city. Nonetheless, Wake’s campus can sometimes feel confining because there is nothing within walking distance. Diversity is another issue that consistently comes up. The average student is white and upper-middle class, but in general, race relations are quite good. Additionally, the percentage of “diverse” applicants has been consistently rising from year to year. Despite these shortcomings, students love their school and would have made the same decision to attend again.

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