Winston Salem, NC
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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.

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.

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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

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the biology program here, but the whole pre-Med program is actually awesome. I have liked most teachers I have had in general, but especially in my major!

6 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Academics: Work Forest is not a joke. You have to work really hard, but when you apply for secondary education or a job, people will take that into consideration.


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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
Brielle, NJ
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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
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Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
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Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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
  • 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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 24 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants
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