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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wake Forest is a great community with lots of good people. I came from a small boarding school so the calss sizes were bigger than I was sued to but better than some of the class sizes I have heard from my friends colleges.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Wake Forest! I am so happy that I decided to go to Wake. Not only does it feel like home but it has truly become my home. The people I have met are incredible people and I have so many great memories from my first year of college.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Students are required to live on campus for their first 3 years, which I personally don't mind because there are student apartments that are considered on campus and overall I think Wake has really nice housing. I don't know much about off-campus housing but I think Deacon Station is pretty nice! I know a few seniors who live off campus and they love it despite the short commute.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Winston-Salem is a pretty small town, but I've been to some really great restaurants I had never heard of before- they were reasonably priced and really cute places to get a little dressed up for and head out for a Friday night dinner with some friends!

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are pretty much the same thing at the same places with the same people. Greek life dominates the party scene, so usually there is either a frat lounge party or off campus house party every Friday and Saturday night. Some students also go out for what we call Wake Wednesday's, but honestly not that many people seem to go out on the weekdays. If you're into this type of party, then Wake is great! However if you don't enjoy these frat parties, other parties are near impossible to find unless there is a Barn party going on, which you have to pay around $7 for. I personally don't consider Wake to be a party school because parties are hard to find on the weekdays. People study hardcore on the weekdays, and then party hardcore on the weekends. Work Forest life: work hard, play hard!

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Several issues have occured this year in regards to minority students vs. the administration. We have had issues with campus climate in terms of diversity and inclusion regarding race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. However I will say that, slowly but surely, administration seems to be more aware of the issues and is beginning to take action to solve these problems and improve the campus climate of Wake Forest. As a minority student I can say that administration itself is not diverse and can seem intimidating and one-sided at times, but I think they experience more critique and negative comments than they really deserve.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: From what I hear from my friends and from being on campus for a year, most Wake students are wealthy enough to pay full price and don't even apply for financial aid. If you display need according to your FAFSA though, Wake will definitely take care of you. This was one of my biggest deciding factors about Wake, I knew they had the money to support me and that they were willing to help me. I still am so blessed and thankful to attend a prestigious school like Wake Forest, as expensive as it is, on a large amount of financial aid!

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I personally think that the pit has great food considering it's a college dining hall. New pit is even better, though smaller, and the seating at the new pit has a chill vibe that I love! The pod and the sundry are waaay too overpriced, but I love the candy and trail mix they have so I'm never hesitant to buy that! Shorty's does take forever, but being able to use old golds at sit in restaurants and retail places is really nice.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I just completed my freshman year, and I lived in Babcock. Having a fairly large room and a huge counter and sink in my own room as a freshman was wonderful. Of course, South is the nicest freshman dorm and Johnson is the worst, but compared to some of the other colleges I toured Wake had far better housing by far. Magnolia, Dogwood, and Polo are absolutely beautiful. I think Wake has great housing!

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe and well-lite.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big, but there are options if you don't want to be a part of it

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3 College Junior

Athletics: No one really stays for the games. Intramural sports are pretty popular.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I got a good deal freshman year, but it was not as good in following years

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: There are some good options, but it gets monotonous.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The newer dorms are nice. The older dorms are not as nice.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is both good and bad here. If you want to be Greek, it's usually great, and people really enjoy it. However, being non-Greek can be pretty tough. A large amount of students are Greek, so sometimes I do feel left out. Also, Greek life is expensive so it can contribute to class differences at Wake. I hate the stereotypes that come with Greek life, whether it be a stereotype about a certain fraternity or sorority or just a stereotype about Greeks or non-Greeks. The parties run by Greeks are usually a lot of fun, and while you have to "know someone" to get in as a non-Greek, most parties are open to everyone.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: From what I have heard and seen, off-campus living seems very nice, and seniors seem to enjoy it a lot. I probably won't live off campus, but there are a variety of options and off-campus houses are more "real life" than dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I really like the places I have gone to off campus to eat, but I rarely go off campus, so this question does not really apply to me. I guess I don't really feel the need to get off campus, and I prefer to use my meal plan anyway. However, when I do go off campus, I feel like there is a good variety of nice restaurants. I have a few favorites, but I am usually able to find new places as well.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Personally, I haven't had much experience with strictness, but I feel like the general concept is that if you are not making a scene, administration will typically leave you alone. Underage drinking is policed mainly by RAs who are obligated to write up underage drinkers. Police will help out with severe cases of underage drinking that involve danger to the drinker, but they don't seek out to get people in trouble. Lounge parties occur on campus every weekend and anyone, regardless of age, can attend. The honor code is taken pretty seriously here, but policing it is fairly difficult. Those who are caught violating the honor code will typically face fairly serious punishments.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Wake is definitely a party school, which somehow isn't always the impression it gives off. Students here work really hard during the week, and then get hammered on the weekend. You don't necessarily have to get involved in this lifestyle, but finding other things to do on the weekends can sometimes be tough. However, I haven't really made the effort to find different things to do. If a student wants to go to parties and not drink, other students will not pressure that student into drinking. Greek life completely dominates the party scene, which is mostly fine, but non-Greek guys can have trouble getting into some parties. As a non-Greek guy myself, I have only ever had trouble getting into a party a couple of times at a maximum. The administration tries to keep parties on campus, but most students prefer to go to off campus house parties, which are typically more fun.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not receive any aid because I was accepted off the wait list. I really don't like how the whole FAFSA system works, but that's more of a universal problem than a Wake issue. I wrote that the financial aid process went smoothly because getting loans hasn't been very difficult. Also, I usually look for scholarships through other websites, but I should probably try to find some through Wake.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: For being a small school, I think Wake has a lot of good food options. The Pit can get tired every now and then, but it still has pretty good food. The New Pit consistently has good food, and the food court has everything you would want. Also, having two sit-in restaurants is very nice.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus at Wake is absolutely beautiful and relatively calm. The dorms aren't huge unless you are in the new dorms, but all dorms have air conditioning, a microwave, and a fridge provided. Social life is dominated by Greek life, which can be tough for non-Greeks. However, Greek housing/lounges are incorporated into several dorms with both Greek and non-Greek students. I haven't had much trouble with the housing process because I have been lucky (pulled in by a senior for sophomore year and given a room for an RA position for junior year), but I have heard of many people having problems. There is a requirement to live on campus for three years, and the amount of available housing seems somewhat limited for all of the students that live here.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek and non-Greek tensions run high most of the time

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Wake Forest has great varsity athletics, some of the biggest social events are tailgates

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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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