Academics

Location
Winston Salem, NC
Undergrads
4,746
Tuition
$43,200
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Junior

Academics: The workload is rigorous, but if you manage your time well you can succeed.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I'm an English major, and it's been awesome so far! Last semester we had several poets come to read selections from their work, which was exciting, and we also have an annual poetry contest for writers.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The academics at Wake, simply put are as good as you'll find. All of the professors are incredibly intelligent and have a genuine interest in students and want to see them succeed. Fair warning though: the workload is an absolute beast, you will have to work, and you will have to work much harder than you did in high school.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The business program is different in that it's the only group of majors where it's necessary to go through an application process. You have to take multiple classes (included the weeder class of accounting, which they make incredibly difficult, and that's in comparison to the rest of Wake Forest classes, which by no means are a walk in the park), fill out the application, go to advising sessions, write an essay, and ultimately apply and await for your admission decision. The business school is nationally ranked at #11 in the country and for good reason. The professors are all incredibly smart and business-savvy (one of my professors was both a CEO and CFO of a major company)

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are the perfect small size that I was searching for. The professors really want to get to know you and help you succeed.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 36th
    Smartest Professors
  • 50th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 111st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 132nd
    Most Caring Professors
  • 217th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Will Geiger
Hometown
Brielle, NJ
Major
History
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The discussion of Wake Forest academics begins and ends with the faculty. The teacher-scholars at Wake Forest truly put the "teacher" before the "scholar," as their focus is to educate undergraduates. Wake professors teach at Wake because they want to work with and get to know undergrads. With an 11:1 student to faculty ratio, and with virtually all classes taught by professors, Wake Forest provides a very intimate academic experience. As far as the "Work Forest" reputation, be prepared to work hard when you get here. Most professors are very respected within their academic fields, and they expect a lot out of their students. While the work is never unmanageable (although caffeine helps), you will certainly be challenged, even if that means getting a lower grade than you would have liked. Rest assured, even with the toughest professors, you will be better equipped for future challenges and perhaps get a stellar recommendation.

While academics can be challenging, the biggest obstacle is often getting in the classes you want. The administration continues to increase student enrollment but not the number of classes and professors. This causes a strain when registering for classes. It is particularly difficult for freshman, although there are certain introduction classes that are designated as "freshmen only." However, scheduling issues are just a minor inconvenience because there are always interesting alternatives.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
516
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
117
Total FT Faculty
1,618
Faculty with Terminal Degree
91%
Average Faculty Salary
$97,033
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
87%
Programs/Majors Offered
61
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 Students: 40%
  • 50 or More Students: 3%
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 57%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Schools of Business
  • Wake Forest College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Law: 3%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Best Places to Study
  • Benson Center
  • Campus Grounds
  • Starbucks
  • Tribble Hall
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Don't slack off-it will hurt your GPA a lot.
  • Get really involved in at least one activity, and don't be afraid to try something new!
  • Get to know your professors-they are usually pretty cool people.
  • Learn to cut down on wasting time on the computer.
  • Pick classes that you are interested in-it will make them more enjoyable!
  • Remember that you are here to learn but also to have new experiences and make friends.
  • Research your professors on www.virtualratings.com.
  • Take advantage of the Learning Assistance Center-getting a tutor is free!
  • Try to get some sleep every night-it's more important than you think!
Did You Know?
  • Wake Forest has study abroad programs in more than 70 countries, and more than 65 percent of all students study abroad at some point during their four years.
  • Students can apply for the Open Curriculum Program for greater academic flexibility in pursuing their interests.
  • Wake Forest's accounting students pass the CPA exam at a higher rate than students from any other school.
  • Wake Forest is ranked 25th in the 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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