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Athletics

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics is the one part of Wake that is my least favorite. We lack school spirit when it comes to sports, and that stinks! That being said, intramural can be really fun if you have a good group of friends (greek or non-greek)!

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity football and basketball are not the greatest, though money is poured into the Athletics Department and facilities are updated and built frequently. Athletics takes priority over everything else; if the Athletics Department isn't happy, no one is

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: the teams at wake forest are top of the line and the student body really enjoys following and routing for the schools teams

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The Athletic Director is an idiot but the passion is still there despite his efforts to extinguish it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I really enjoy attending games, even though we are not the best at sports.

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As a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Wake Forest is one of the few schools that can truly boast a small student body and elite athletics program. Basketball, football, and soccer games are all very popular, especially when Wake faces arch-rivals Duke and North Carolina. Attending a high-profile game and storming the basketball court is always a memorable experience. Of course, another major highlight is papering the Quad with toilet paper.

Students are heavily involved in club and IM sports. There are a variety of different options to choose from and students are always playing pickup games. The Demon Deacon sports teams have been rebuilding lately, but they are poised to rise to the top of the ACC game with a few solid recruiting classes in basketball and football.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Gold and black
School Nickname
Demon deacons
Men Playing Varsity Sports
239 - 11%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
138 - 6%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 87
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 39
Other Sports: 93
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 63%
Basketball: 71%
Baseball: 75%
Cross Country/Track: 92%
Other Sports: 85%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Adventure club
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Fishing
  • Golf (men's and women's)
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Skiing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball (fastpitch)
  • Swimming
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Wakeboarding/waterskiing
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (sand and court)
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • BB&T Field
  • Bridger Field House
  • Collins Basketball/Roller Hockey Pad
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park
  • Jogging Trails
  • Kentner Stadium
  • Lawrence Joel Coliseum
  • Leighton Tennis Stadium and Upper Recreational Tennis Courts
  • Miller Center
  • Recreational Fields
  • Reynolds Gym
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • University Indoor Tennis Center
  • W. Dennie Spry Stadium
  • Wake Forest Golf Complex
Most Popular Sports
There used to be one answer to this question: Basketball. However, Jim Grobe has resurrected the football team to some degree, so football games are very popular, too. Right now, both teams are rebuilding a bit, but the Demon Deacon faithful know that it is only a matter of time when both teams will be competing for ACC titles.
Most Overlooked Teams
Wake Forest soccer and field hockey are two of the most consistently overlooked teams. The funny thing is, they are our two programs that are consistently ranked as elite in the country.
School Spirit
School spirit is one of the greatest things about Wake Forest-students love their school. Students at Wake Forest are very proud of their school, both in terms of athletics and academics. Wake Forest crowds at basketball and football games are very enthusiastic, despite a smaller student body.
Getting Tickets
Because of Wake Forest's small size, tickets are fairly easy to come by. Most of the time you can simply show up at the game and get in. This is not the case with UNC and Duke games, where students sometimes camp out overnight to get the best seats possible. Of course, students who are members of the Screamin' Demons student section are guaranteed tickets to all football and basketball games. Another benefit to joining the Screamin' Demons is that students get great discounted packages for away games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Reynolds Gardens and the cross-country trails are great places to exercise or to just take a stroll.
Did You Know?
  • Wake Forest University is the smallest school in the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) Conference for NCAA football.
  • The motion picture, "The Fifth Quarter," telling the story of Wake's most successful football season in school history, was filmed on location in the fall of 2008.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 61 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 61% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 38% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 63 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 49% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 62 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 37% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 53% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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