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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most of the kids here are conservative and are accepting of other races, religions, and sexual orientation. No one cares what you are, but you will hear insensitive comments here and there, but nothing that you wouldn't hear from any other school and no one is outwardly screaming slurs at people.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity, but at the same time there is not that much diversity.

3 College Junior

Diversity: People are pretty much open to anything and everything.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Wake's not the most diverse place, but it is what it is. The stereotype of everyone at Wake being rich white kids from super republican families isn't necessarily true, the diversity is there if you seek it out.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The Diversity is there if you look for it and seek it out.

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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
8%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
5%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
76%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
81%
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
34%
Male Faculty
66%
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 43 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 23% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 16% Conservative
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 14% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 6% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 45% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 50 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 16 responses

  • 44% Republican
  • 12% Democratic
  • 38% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 6% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 83% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 12% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 69% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 19% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 43 responses

  • 16% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 30% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
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