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Campus Quality: The traditions at Wake bring students together. From dancing all night at Wake n' Shake to raise money for cancer to rolling the quad whenever we score an athletic victory, Wake traditions can't be beat.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: One of my favorite unique things is our annual midnight Halloween orchestra concert.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: ZSR (library) is great, Wait Chapel is (what you'll see on any brochure of campus) pretty awesome too, starting work on a new fitness center as well

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There's no frat row, all of the frats have lounges in the basements of residence halls around campus

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The university has some pretty impressive IM sports, and the business school is very nice. The URECA fellowship is a great opportunity to get funding and research experience over the summer.


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Simply put, Wake Forest's campus is beautiful, and the University makes great strides to keep it this way. The facilities that are strewn across the manicured campus are also well-maintained. The academic buildings help to add to the intimate academic experience, and they are all very well-equipped with technology. The library is spacious and even has a Starbucks inside of it for a late-night snack or caffeine crisis.  

Probably the biggest complaints about Wake's facilities revolve around the student center and athletic center. The student center, Benson University Center, is not a true student center in that it is not the central hub of student activities. It is more of a hybrid between student life offices and student organization office space. The administration is aware of this, and the creation of a new social space called "The Barn" is underway. The athletics facilities are clean and well-kept but just too small for a school like Wake Forest where students are active. Reynolds Gym in particular is in need of renovation. Luckily, there are talks for the athletic facilities to be updated, but until then Wake students will have to make do or join one of the numerous gyms in Winston-Salem.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
340 acres
Student Centers
Benson University Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Various departmental libraries
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Benson University Center
  • Dorm lounges
  • The Pit (The Fresh Food Company)
  • Starbucks
  • Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Bar on Campus
Shorty's Restaurant in Benson University Center
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Campus Grounds in Taylor Residence Hall
  • Starbucks in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Movie Theater on Campus
Pugh Auditorium
"Green" Initiatives
In the past few years, Wake Forest has made sustainability and green initiatives a priority. Any new buildings are designed to at least meet LEED Silver standards. Dining at Wake Forest puts an emphasis on local products and recycling, and the Pit (main cafeteria) is trayless. Wake Forest also proudly offers a car-sharing program and has a solar-electric hybrid shuttle that services students around campus.
School Slang
  • Divisionals: Core curriculum that students are required to take
  • Mag Quad: Manchester Plaza, where most of the academic buildings are located
  • North Campus: Part of campus where upperclassmen dorms are
  • The Pit: The Fresh Food Company (main cafeteria)
  • The Quad: Hearn Plaza, the quad where Wait Chapel is located
  • Screamin' Demons: Student fan section at football and basketball games
  • South Campus: Section of campus where freshman dorms are located
  • Townies: People who live in Winston-Salem who do not go to Wake Forest University
  • Greek Week: Greek Week is a week of competition and events put on by the different Greek organizations. All of the money raised goes to charity.
  • Lighting of the Quad: To start off the holiday season, Wake Forest hosts the lighting of the Quad. This includes hot cider, cookies, and singing from the various a cappella groups. This is a interfaith event and a great illustration of the religious diversity at Wake.
  • Moravian Love Feast: To honor Moravian settlers of Winston-Salem, Wait Chapel plays host to this traditional Moravian festival.
  • Rolling the Quad: After a major victory, Wake Forest students rush toward the Quad and roll the trees with toilet paper.
  • Seize the Quad: Seize the Quad is a giant on-campus party that is held twice a year, complete with music and food.
  • Senior Orations: Each year, several seniors read their orations in Wait Chapel, reflecting on their time at Wake Forest. This is a great experience to reflect on your time at Wake.
  • Springfest: Student Government and Student Union co-sponsor this weeklong festival. It includes a carnival, contests, the Shag on the Mag Dance, and a concert. This is one of the most popular events at Wake Forest.
  • Wake the Library: During finals week the library has free coffee 24/7 and brings out snacks and food at night. The library staff tries to make this stressful time a little bit better.
Urban Legends
  • [Insert Fraternity] puts [Insert Drug] into their punch.
  • Admissions officers factor physical appearance into the application process-that is why you need to include a personal photograph.
Favorite Things To Do
Wake Forest students never stop moving. At every hour of the day, you are bound to see people at the gym, running through the trails near campus, or just throwing a football around. The beautiful campus and nearby Reynolda Village/Reynolda Gardens are very conducive to enjoying the outdoors.

On campus, there are always plenty of events to attend, such as lectures, art exhibits, and speakers. The biannual comedy show put on by the Lilting Banshees Troupe is always very popular. There are also always some great musical acts who play at Wake Forest or at the Joel Colosseum. Past artists include Lupe Fiasco, Ben Folds, Third Eye Blind, O.A.R., and Ludacris.

Some of students' fondest memories come from watching the Demon Deacons take on opponents at BB&T Field (for football) and the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Colosseum (for basketball). Members of the student group called the Screamin' Demons are particularly exuberant and help make both BB&T Field and "The Joel" formidable home venues. After a win, you can expect to see hoards of students toilet-papering the Quad.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
Old Gold and Black
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
While the most popular groups on campus are Greek organizations, religious organizations, and political groups, there is a plethora of different options for students to explore. Most students really enjoy trying out new things and getting involved with new activities during their first few semesters at Wake.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • There is a series of underground tunnels over a mile long that run underneath campus. (Hint: An entrance is on the east side of the library's first floor.)
  • Wake Forest has more than 180 clubs, student organizations, and groups.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 36 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 44% Z. Smith Reynolds Library Student Assistantship
  • 22% Positions in your academic department
  • 22% Residence Life and Housing
  • 11% Campus Grounds

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 20% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 60% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 40 responses

  • 22% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 52% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 25% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 39 responses

  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 54% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% The tunnels



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