Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University was established on February 3, 1834 as the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute. It became Wake Forest College in 1839 and gained university status in 1967. The main campus of the university encompasses more than 300 acres in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest University is divided into the following academic units:

  • Wake Forest Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Professional Schools
  • School of Law
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Babcock Graduate School of Management
  • Wake Forest Divinity School

Wake Forest University competes in the NCAA Division I. Its sports teams are known as the Demon Deacons and participate in basketball, football, soccer, golf and hockey.

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Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston Salem , NC 27106
General Phone: (336) 758-5000

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Wake Forest University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management529business, business management, accounting, finance, management science
Liberal Arts428East Asian languages, Chinese language, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, Ancient Greek language, Latin language, ...
Law172law, foreign lawyers
Science167biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, call and molecular biology, microbiology and immunology, molecular genetics, oncology, pharmacology, ...
Medicine111neuroscience, medicine
Therapy and Counseling108psychology
Media81communication studies
Religion and Philosophy66philosophy, religion, ministry
Education and Teaching64school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, social studies teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy61exercise science
Medical Support and Technology47physician assistant
Fine Arts24fine arts, art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering15computer and info science
Engineering6biomedical engineering
Music5music performance
Drama and Performing Arts3drama

Number of programs and degrees for Wake Forest University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,02836
Master's degree53121
Doctor's degree5612
First-professional degree2883

Wake Forest University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Wake Forest University had a total enrollment of 6,788 students (5,556 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 63%
Graduate 22%
First Professional 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 7%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 31%
22-24 18%
25-29 13%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

North Carolina22%
New Jersey6%
New York5%
South Carolina2%
(International Students)1%

Wake Forest University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 94 %
Part-Time 100 %

Wake Forest University Room and Board (2007)

Wake Forest University offers campus housing for 3,128 of its 5,556 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 17 meals per week.

Wake Forest University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal610690
SAT Math630710
ACT Composite2731

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT72%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT28%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Wake Forest University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,975
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,975
Room and board $ 9,945
Room charge $ 6,270
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,190
Books and supplies $ 850
Other expenses $ 2,050

Financial Aid:
Wake Forest University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 297800)

Wake Forest University Faculty

Wake Forest University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year124$134,12341$118,016
Associate professoracademic year79$97,56849$89,105
Assistant professoracademic year55$63,51037$70,228
Instructoracademic year4$41,2696$45,361
Lectureracademic year18$55,47233$47,381
No academic rankacademic year14$61,01811$71,287
All faculty totalacademic year294$101,531177$81,487

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Wake Forest University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference
Baseball Atlantic Coast Conference
Track Atlantic Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports355893

Wake Forest University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Science, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education

Biomedical/Medical Engineering

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Physician Assistant

Medicine (MD)

Music Performance, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other
Molecular Biology
Molecular Genetics
Oncology and Cancer Biology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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