Location
Winston Salem, NC
Undergrads
4,746
Tuition
$43,200
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 718 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: This school is difficult. The nickname for this place is "work forest" because the workload is so heavy. I'm in the library most nights for hours doing just my homework for the next day, not to mention studying for tests. The grade deflation is rampant, with A's being nearly impossible to attain.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a shuttle service here at school, but it runs at weird times, and well as doesn't go everywhere you want it to. If you don't have a car on campus, its difficult to get to the airport, but the cost of having a car on campus is pretty low, but everyone always gets TONS of parking tickets because they hand them out here like candy. Also, parking unless you're a junior or a senior is a serious hassle, with freshman parking being all the way at the football stadium and sophomore being off campus as well.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: there is not much diversity on campus. Everyone seems to be well off, white, and republican. There is a lot of trouble for homosexual people to find acceptance, and people can be pretty hateful at times, but not always, obviously. It's just about finding your fit here, and there's a group for everyone.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: there is very little financial aid offered to students here

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety on campus is actually really great here at Wake. There are emergency phones, well lit walkways, and a police force here. Unfortunately, the safety of the surrounding areas is less than desirable. Winston-Salem is much less friendly than Wake, with many of my friends' houses getting robbed, and some of them have even been mugged leaving off campus parties, although this is not very common.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is one of the most important ways that students can get involved in the social scene here at Wake. If you're not in a fraternity, its very difficult to get into parties and such, but for girls its much less of a problem. There seems to be a very clear division between greek and non greek here on campus, and greeks seem to be looked up to. Unfortunately we do not have a Greek Row or anything of that nature, but we do have fraternity and sorority lounges on campus for the one's that follow school rules and policies. However, recently, the president of Wake has really been cracking down on Greek life here, trying to do his best to phase them out. This is unlikely to happen though because the scene is so fully embedded in the roots of Wake Forest.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is bad if you're not in it, good if you are, with exceptions in between. It's a big part of campus life and there's definitely animosity between Greeks and non-Greeks with, again, a few exceptions. Mostly, the two groups don't mingle, which does nothing to create an inclusive environment.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: I receive a lot of financial aid. That was a huge criteria for me choosing Wake and it's the only reason I was able to come here. The financial aid office is very helpful and the endowment is huge.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: I had no trouble declaring my major. I'm in the English and French departments, where the faculty are incredibly helpful and friendly.

4 College Junior

Majors: I really enjoy my majors, that's why I chose them. The English major is not too many credit hours, and neither is French. The only thing I don't like is that I have to take 2 pre-1800 lit classes for English, a period of time I don't particularly like.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict, but most people still break the rules and get away with it. Pretty average.

1 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife is kind of terrible if you're not Greek. Greek organizations have parties and mixers and date functions all the time, but they are often exclusive to that social organization. If you are in other non-Greek organizations, you can find house parties, which are fun if you know the people there. The downtown bars are bad, but not exactly geared towards college kids.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Diversity: The school really pushes diversity and inclusion, but there is still a sense of intolerance, especially towards LGBTQ and racial/ethnic minorities. Women also have a hard time because there is a very narrow expectation of gender roles. Personally, I do not fit into such roles and often have a hard time being myself without sticking out like a sore thumb, and I'm white. This roles come down to everything, such as how you should dress, talk, and who you should be friends with (or even say hi to). There are definite divides in Greek life, with separate black and white sororities and fraternities. It's de facto segregation. You can find token minorities in the white Greek organizations, but they are just that, tokens. There's a very hush-hush sort of outlook to discrimination on campus. Lots of withholding of information, lots of disconnects. It's not pretty, but it's the truth about Wake Forest.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Athletics: Reynolds Gym and Miller center desperately need enlargement and remodeling. I'm not an athlete, so I don't know how nice those facilities are, but I've heard they are rather spacious.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is mostly an issue of drinking. There are people who smoke weed and take adderall and probably some who do harder drugs, but it's nowhere as visible as drinking. It would be a lie to say it's not related to Greek Life. It would be a lie to say that only Greeks drink in excessive quantity. However, as an unaffliated student I find much less pressure to drink at house parties or in intimate settings with friends. Frat parties are unbearable with some alcohol in your system. Overall, if you find the right friends they won't pressure you to drink until you blackout.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: You really need a car to get around Winston. Not a zip-car, not a public bus, and not a shuttle. You need your own car. However, once you procure a set of wheels, traffic is not too bad. The town is a little tricky to get around due to windy roads and scattered areas (there's a lot of good stuff, but it's not centralized). If you go out regularly though, you'll get the hang of it quickly.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Winston-Salem has some really good places to eat, but they are unfortunately not geared towards college students,so they can get a little pricey. My favorites are 6th and Vine, Mizu, and Breakfast Of Course. Winston could definitely use more late night spots, like Burke Street Pizza, which is open until 3am. The coffee shops are pretty good though Krankies for the ambiance, Chelsee's for the people, and Camino's for the drinks and fresh, delicious pastries. Most places have live music offered on a regular basis, which is very nice especially for a nice dinner with friends or a date. In general, the restaurant scene is very good, just not healthy for a college kid budget.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I really love the town of Winston Salem, especially in the Autumn when the leaves are changing color. Althoug the leaves are breath-taking, Hanes Mall is AMAZING. There are many great places to shop and its just wonderful. There are also many things to do in Downtown Winston Salem, like festivals and local games which are fun to go to.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: the academics at wake are top-notch, but you need to be prepared to work harder than you ever have before

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: most students chose to apply to the business school, do pre-med, or pre-law, the other 40-50% usually pursue the other majors

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: wake is an amazing school, it pushes you to your limits academically, yet also gives you the opportunity to make friends for life

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: shuttles are pretty good, they run to the mall, target, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: "work hard, play harder mentality", the kids at wake go pretty hard on the weekend, most drink at frat parties, there are definitely people who don't drink, but it's usually pretty uncomfortable for them

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: good scholarship options for almost everybody considering the rather steep price of tuition

4 College Sophomore

Computers: every new student is supplied with a laptop. the thinkpad isn't the most beautiful or greatest machine, but it usually does what it's meant to do

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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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