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Wake Forest University Overview

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

What Is Wake Forest University Known For?

1,431 Undergraduate Awards
$56,976 Avg Cost After Aid
28% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Wake Forest University have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Wake Forest University.
  • In 2017-2018, 76% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Wake Forest University with a bachelor's degree make about $63,800 a year. That's 56% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Wake Forest University student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Wake Forest University Rankings

We have ranked Wake Forest University as #79 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. Out of the 64 colleges in North Carolina, it is ranked at #2.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Wake Forest University has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#29 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#172 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#243 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Wake Forest University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best General Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Wake Forest University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#18 Best Colleges for General Psychology College Factual
#20 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#34 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#39 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Wake Forest University?

Location of 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
Website: www.wfu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wfuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WakeForest1834

How Do I Get Into Wake Forest University?

You can apply to Wake Forest University online at: admissions.wfu.edu/

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 neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Wake Forest University?

28% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
If you plan to apply to Wake Forest University, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 28%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 30%, and the acceptance rate for women is 26%.

Can I Afford Wake Forest University?

$56,976 Net Price
23% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Wake Forest University is $56,976. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Wake Forest University, approximately 23% of students took out student loans averaging $10,879 a year. That adds up to $43,516 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wake Forest University is 1.4%. 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

5,240 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,287 undergraduate students at Wake Forest University, with 5,240 being full-time and 47 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Wake Forest University

There are also 3,208 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,240 full-time undergraduates at Wake Forest University, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Wake Forest University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Wake Forest University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 173
Black or African American 332
Hispanic or Latino 394
White 3,629
International Students 509
Other Races/Ethnicities 203

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

415 Took All Classes Online
511 Took At Least One Class Online
23.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 511 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.

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This school is the 53rd most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Wake Forest University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Wake Forest University was 23.9%. This is the #809 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Wake Forest University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Wake Forest University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Education 28%
Legal Professions 11%
Legal Research 29%
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 19%
Student Counseling 32%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Wake Forest University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Wake Forest University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Student Counseling #8
Education #173

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%.

Wake Forest University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 259 0 259
Law 0 0 0 163 163
Economics 152 0 0 0 152
General Biology 90 0 53 2 145
Communication & Media Studies 130 0 12 0 142
Accounting 30 0 110 0 140
General Psychology 121 0 11 0 132
Medicine 0 0 0 121 121
Political Science & Government 113 0 0 0 113
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 20 0 89 0 109
Finance & Financial Management 108 0 0 0 108
Student Counseling 0 0 105 0 105
General Business/Commerce 104 0 0 0 104
Allied Health Professions 0 0 86 0 86
Health & Physical Education 62 0 8 0 70
Computer Science 54 0 2 0 56
General English Literature 45 0 6 0 51
Sociology 50 0 0 0 50
Legal Research 0 0 40 5 45
History 42 0 0 0 42
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 40 0 40
Fine & Studio Arts 37 0 0 0 37
Mathematics 29 0 7 0 36
Romance Languages 34 0 0 0 34
Chemistry 25 0 2 7 34
Statistics 23 0 7 0 30
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 20 0 0 8 28
Nursing 0 0 23 0 23
Teacher Education Grade Specific 10 0 12 0 22
Philosophy 22 0 0 0 22
Religious Studies 18 0 4 0 22
Physics 14 0 3 4 21
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 6 11 17
Area Studies 16 0 0 0 16
Anthropology 16 0 0 0 16
Liberal Arts General Studies 9 0 6 0 15
Sustainability Science 0 2 11 0 13
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 11 11
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 11 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 11 0 0 0 11
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 4 6 10
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 8 0 8
Ethnic Studies 7 0 0 0 7
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 1 6 0 7
East Asian Languages 6 0 0 0 6
Public Health 0 0 6 0 6
Classical Languages & Literature 5 0 0 0 5
Germanic Languages 5 0 0 0 5
Music 3 0 0 0 3
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0
Genetics 0 0 0 0 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,431 3 937 338 2,709

References

*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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