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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.

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.

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.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: most of the minorities usually stick to themselves

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a lot of white people, except for the athletes mostly.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Will Geiger
Brielle, NJ
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Some students claim that Wake Forest as an overwhelmingly "homogeneous" place, but that is somewhat misleading. It could certainly be more diverse, but most students agree that it is a community made up of people with different backgrounds and ideas. The average student is certainly white, upper-middle class, and Christian, but this does not mean that other students are marginalized. Multicultural groups are quite active on campus and important to the fabric of Wake Forest.

In short, Wake Forest is not a place of perfect diversity and tolerance, but it is most certainly not a place of intolerable homogeneity and ignorance. Students are friendly more than anything else, and this is what makes Wake Forest such an accepting and kind place to spend your undergraduate years.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 19%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Students tend to be accepting of gay students, although there are not that many open homosexuals on campus.
Political Activity
Wake Forest University is generally conservative-leaning compared to its peers among top universities. However, activism is popular across the political spectrum. Wake Forest has active Democrat, Republican, and Liberation student groups. The administration works hard to bring a broad array of speakers to campus, including John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Joe Biden, Ron Paul, Sandra Day O'Connor, Kenneth Starr, and John Edwards. While students can be apathetic about political issues during non-election years, interests and events spike during an important election race.
Economic Status
With a country club-esque campus, it is no surprise that Wake Forest University is home to many affluent students.
Most Common Religions
Christians make up the largest religious group at Wake Forest. Wake was previously affiliated with the Baptist church, but Roman Catholics actually make up the largest denomination. Despite this, interfaith relations are good, and there are groups of practicing Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu students, among other groups.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are quite a few student organizations within the Office of Multicultural Affairs, including African and Caribbean Student Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Asian Student Interest Association, Black Student Alliance, Chinese Student and Scholar Association, Delta Sigma Theta, Gay-Straight Student Alliance, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Organization of Latin American Students, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, and Wake International Student Association.
Did You Know?
Wake Forest celebrates many multicultural events throughout the year, including Chinese New Year, Spoken Word Open Mic Nights, Diwali, Japanese Spring Festival, and Chinese Moon Festival.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 35 responses

  • 17% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 40% Conservative
  • 37% Moderate
  • 6% Not sure
  • 9% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 32% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 18% Very accepting.
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