Wake Forest University

720 reviews
  1. Winston Salem, NC
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
Wake Forest University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Atlantic Coast Conference
Address
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston Salem, NC 27106
Website

Wake Forest University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
34%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$25,826/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,603/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,497/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,762/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,042/ year
  • $110k+
    $47,174/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.44 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
32%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,804Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Ambitious
    48%
  • White and Privleged
    26%
  • Tired
    11%
  • Busy
    7%
  • White
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.60 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.62 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Work Hard, Play Hard
    63%
  • Old Southern Charm
    25%
  • Work Hard, Play Sometimes
    8%
  • Work hard, feel reality
    4%

After Wake Forest University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$61,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses

Reviews

720 reviews
  • Excellent
    161
  • Very Good
    250
  • Average
    228
  • Poor
    48
  • Terrible
    33
I had a fantastic experience. In some ways, I wish I had been able to be a few years younger. That's because I think Wake Forest has grown in terms of diversity-international student and First-generation college student numbers particularly-, they have added some great research and study abroad programs, worked to make Winston more appealing and build relationships with city entities, and most impressive to me has been the incredible investment in the "Career Services", officially OPCD or something like that. It looks nothing like it did when I started at Wake and everything I've seen looks like an improvement. Wake wasn't a perfect experience and I'm sure it wouldn't be today. I'll be honest, freshman year wasn't easy, particularly personally but I grew a lot through hard times. But, academically, Wake gave me a run for my money, it helped me advance myself personally and professionally at the highest levels within my interests and helped me make some of my closest friends in life-both students, staff and faculty. I could have gone to higher ranked colleges or universities but Wake had a soul and a realness about it (both good and bad) that is hard to describe but captured me when I visited and I'll never regret my decision! If you're prospective student, visit, talk to professors, staff and students and I hope you'll feel the same. Otherwise, there are lots of great schools, so I'm not saying WFU better than everyone else.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Aug 15 2013
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!
  • College Freshman
  • May 9 2015
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!
  • College Freshman
  • May 9 2015