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Wake Forest University Overview

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Wake Forest University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$59,262 Avg Cost After Aid
25% Acceptance Rate
  • Wake Forest University has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
  • The 0% student loan default rate at Wake Forest University is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Wake Forest University.
  • In <nil>, 71% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University makes roughly $81,964 a year. This is 101% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Wake Forest University student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Wake Forest University?


Contact details for Wake Forest University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: 336-758-5000

How Do I Get Into Wake Forest University?

You can apply to Wake Forest University online at:

Admission Requirements for Wake Forest University

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Wake Forest University?

25% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 25%, Wake Forest University is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 24%, and the acceptance rate for women is 26%.

Can I Afford Wake Forest University?

$59,262 Net Price
18% Take Out Loans
0.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Wake Forest University is $59,262. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Wake Forest University, approximately 18% of students took out student loans averaging $9,651 a year. That adds up to $38,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wake Forest University is 0.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Wake Forest University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,391 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,472 undergraduate students at Wake Forest University, with 5,391 being full-time and 81 being part-time.


There are also 3,475 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,391 full-time undergraduates at Wake Forest University, 46% are male and 54% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Wake Forest University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 209
Black or African American 320
Hispanic or Latino 451
White 3,640
International Students 494
Other Races/Ethnicities 277

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Wake Forest University. At this time, 47 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 70 countries are represented at Wake Forest University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Wake Forest University

737 Took All Classes Online
1,434 Took At Least One Class Online
62.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 1,434 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Wake Forest University has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 73rd most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Wake Forest University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Wake Forest University was 62.3%. This is the #578 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Wake Forest University regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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