Wake Forest University Profile


Wake Forest University, founded in 1834, is a private liberal arts university. Though small, it has the resources of a much larger institution. Students choose Wake Forest over other similar schools for many reasons, including its small classes, the breadth and availability of its study abroad programs, the strength of its academic programs (particularly accounting and other preprofessional programs) and the commitment to community service, reflected in its 700-member Volunteer Service Corps. Other factors, such as individualized instruction and Atlantic Coast Conference sports, also distinguish Wake Forest. In 1996, Wake Forest launched a comprehensive plan to enhance undergraduate education. The plan has brought greater use of computer technology to the university. All freshmen receive IBM ThinkPads when they arrive on campus, and students have quick and easy access to the university’s sophisticated computer network from practically anywhere on campus, including classrooms and residence halls. The plan’s many other features include the introduction of first-year seminars (many of which give freshman their first opportunities to use their new laptop computers), the hiring of additional faculty and new scholarships. The 340-acre campus is located in Winston-Salem, adjacent to 150-acre Reynolda Gardens, and has many modified Georgian buildings.


Entrance Difficulty: Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 40% of 10,566 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: Yes
Regular Admission Deadline: January 1
Factors Considered for Selection of Students
Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Considered
Essay: Very Important
Extracurricular Activities: Important
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA: Not reported
SAT Math: 613-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading:  600-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: Not reported
ACT Composite: 28-31 range of middle 50%

Cost of Attendance:  $56,236
Tuition and Fees: $41,576
Room and Board: $9,240
Average Percent of Need Met: 100%
Average Freshman Award: $34,652
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: $32,237

Academic Calendar System: Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum: Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 505
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 44% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-59 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts
E-mail: financial-aid@wfu.edu
Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process
Application Deadline: Priority deadline February 15 – Final deadline March 15
Award Notification: On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Institutional Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 002978: Free

University Web Site: www.wfu.edu/

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