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.

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collegeType
Private
studentType
Coed
5,472
Undergraduates
2,501
Men - 45.7%
2,972
Women - 54.3%
3,475
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
25% of 15,156 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
680-770 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
670-730 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
30-33 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
$84,104
Tuition and Fees
$63,244
Room and Board
$16,652
Average Percent of Need Met
98%
Average Freshman Award
$55,478
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$36,609
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
634
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
15%
10-19
44%
20-29
26%
30-39
10%
40-49
4%
50-99
1%
Over 100
0%
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Winston-Salem Population
248,112
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
76% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
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Demon Deacon
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.1%
Asian
4.2%
Black/African-American
6.4%
Hispanic/Latino
9.3%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
5.3%
White
74.4%
Unknown
0.3%
International Students
9.1%
First-Year Students Returning
93.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
86.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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