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1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

(336) 758-5000


Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University

A collegiate university in Winston-Salem, North Carolina distinguished by small classes and faculty-student engagement.

An Undergraduate Experience Like No Other

As the nation's premier collegiate university, we offer the personal attention of a liberal arts college with the resources of a large research institution. 

The Wake Forest campus is a place of teachers and students, philosophers and scientists, artists and athletes, debaters and dancers. We are a community of communities.

Because of the size of the campus and the strong connections among schools and departments, students have access to a network of peers, faculty and administrators for a college experience that is fulfilling in all respects. Curricular and co-curricular opportunities abound.


Wake Forest is a university dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and in graduate and professional education. Its distinctiveness in its pursuit of its mission derives from its private, coeducational, and residential character; its size and location; and its Baptist heritage. Each of these factors constitutes a significant aspect of the unique character of the institution.

The University is now comprised of six constituent parts: Wake Forest College; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; the School of Law, the School of Medicine, the School of Business and the School of Divinity. It seeks to honor the ideals of liberal learning, which entail commitment to transmission of cultural heritages; teaching the modes of learning in the basic disciplines of human knowledge; developing critical appreciation of moral, aesthetic and religious values; advancing the frontiers of knowledge through in-depth study and research; and applying and using knowledge in the service of humanity.

Wake Forest has been dedicated to the liberal arts for over a century and a half; this means education in the fundamental fields of human knowledge and achievement, as distinguished from education that is technical or narrowly vocational. It seeks to encourage habits of mind that ask "why," that evaluate evidence, that are open to new ideas, that attempt to understand and appreciate the perspectives of others, that accept complexity and grapple with it, that admit error, and that pursue truth. Wake Forest College has by far the largest student body in the University, and its function is central to the University's larger life. The College and the Graduate School are most singularly focused on learning for its own sake; they, therefore, serve as exemplars of specific academic values in the life of the University.

Beginning as early as 1894, Wake Forest accepted an obligation to provide professional training in a number of fields, as a complement to its primary mission of liberal arts education. This responsibility is fulfilled in the conviction that the humane values embodied in the liberal arts are also centrally relevant to the professions. Professional education at Wake Forest is characterized by a commitment to ethical and other professional ideals that transcend technical skills. Like the Graduate School, the professional schools are dedicated to the advancement of learning in their fields. In addition, they are specifically committed to the application of knowledge to solving concrete problems of human beings. They are strengthened by values and goals which they share with the College and Graduate School, and the professional schools enhance the work of these schools and the University as a whole by serving as models of service to humanity.

Wake Forest was founded by private initiative, and ultimate decision-making authority lies in a privately appointed Board of Trustees rather than in a public body. Funded to a large extent from private sources of support, it is determined to chart its own course in the pursuit of its goals. As a co-educational institution, it seeks to "educate together" persons of both sexes and from a wide range of backgrounds --- racial, ethnic, religious, geographical, socioeconomic, and cultural. Its residential features are conducive to learning and the pursuit of a wide range of co-curricular activities. It has made a conscious choice to remain small in overall size; it takes pride in being able to function as a community rather than a conglomerate. Its location in the Piedmont area of North Carolina engenders an ethos that is distinctively Southern, and more specifically North Carolinian. As it seeks further to broaden its constituency and to receive national recognition, it is also finding ways to maintain the ethos associated with its regional roots.

Wake Forest is proud of its Baptist and Christian heritage. For more than a century and a half, it has provided the University an indispensable basis for its mission and purpose, enabling Wake Forest to educate thousands of ministers and lay people for enlightened leadership in their churches and communities. Far from being exclusive and parochial, this religious tradition gives the University roots that ensure its lasting identity and branches that provide a supportive environment for a wide variety of faiths. The Baptist insistence on both separation of church and state and local autonomy has helped to protect the University from interference and domination by outside interests, whether these be commercial, governmental, or ecclesiastical. The Baptist stress upon an uncoerced conscience in matters of religious belief has been translated into a concern for academic freedom. The Baptist emphasis upon revealed truth enables a strong religious critique of human reason, even as the claims of revelation are put under the scrutiny of reason. The character of intellectual life at Wake Forest encourages open and frank dialogue and provides assurance that the University will be ecumenical and not provincial in scope, and that it must encompass perspectives other than the Christian. Wake Forest thus seeks to maintain and invigorate what is noblest in its religious heritage.


Wake Forest students light up Wait Chapel every year with thousands of candles and put on the largest Moravian Lovefeast in North America. Jane Sherrill Stroupe started the tradition in 1967. 

The 12-ton carillon is made up of 48 bronze-cast bells. The carilloneur plays at 5:00 p.m. to signal the end of the academic day. There are only 100 carillons like it in the nation.

Rolling the Quad: After a win against Duke University, Wake Forest students preemptively rolled the trees on campus upon learning that Duke students were going to roll the trees in retaliation for the game’s result.

Project Pumpkin: Project Pumpkin is an annual event sponsored by the Volunteer Service Corps around Halloween. It brings approximately 1,500 children from the Winston-Salem community onto campus and pairs them with Wake Forest undergraduates for trick-or-treating and carnival games.

Hit the Bricks: “This is College!” So were the words of a first-year student while racing around the Quad as a member of his residence hall’s relay team. Over 1,000 students, faculty, and staff join together in Wake Forest’s annual 8-hour team relay event to benefit the Brian Piccolo Cancer Drive.

Wake ‘N Shake: What do over 1,200 students do together in Reynolds Gym for 12 continuous hours in March? They dance, sing, play games, hear inspirational stories, and have an outrageous time, all to help find a cure for cancer. So get on your feet and get ready to dance!

START Gallery: The Wake Forest University Student Art Gallery, founded in 2009, is dedicated to providing Wake Forest students with an opportunity to display and sell their artwork, thus gaining experience and transferable skills. The gallery strives to create a unique experiential learning laboratory in which engaged students have formative experiences while participating in the management and operation of the gallery as they prepare to become viable artists and/or professionals aspiring to leadership roles in art galleries. The gallery presents 12-15 exhibitions per year and most of the art work displayed has been generated through studio course work and is therefore a product of close instruction by members of the studio art faculty.

Homecoming Bonfire: Before the big homecoming football game everyone gathers together to burn the opposing team’s mascot, tailgate, and have a good time.

Student Life:

Wake Forest has a three-year on-campus residency requirement. It guarantees housing for eight semesters for all undergraduates admitted as resident students. Seniors are eligible for off-campus housing.

All the campus is a stage. Or a canvas, a dance floor or a concert hall. As a student at Wake Forest, you’ll find yourself within arm’s reach of artistic expression at all times, and that includes the greater Winston-Salem community and its many opportunities to experience or participate in the fine arts.

One of every 13 Wake Forest students is an intercollegiate athlete and 88% of undergradutes participate in at least one intramural sport during their time on.

There are 194 (and counting) student organizations across the campus of Wake Forest. From service-oriented organizations to political groups to fraternities and sororities to religiously affiliated groups, you’re bound to find several organizations that meet your interests and needs.



The Demon Deacon
The Demon Deacon has evolved greatly since his early years, flavoring our university's traditions with an air of sophistication and spirit that can only be found at Wake Forest. From climbing and hanging from goalposts in the 1950s and dropping trough in the 1960s to riding a unicycle in the 1970s and a gold and black motorcycle today, our mascot has never failed to represent the true passion and enthusiasm that is shared across the Demon Deacon family.

Wake Forest today:

Today Wake Forest is composed of six schools- Wake Forest College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine.


Wake Forest has an enrollment of more than 4,800 undergraduate students and 2,800 graduate and professional students, with a total enrollment of more than 7,600 students.

Famous graduates:

Chris Paul (born May 6, 1985) grew up in a tight-knit family. Although as a child he played football, Paul later took his older brother's lead and became a basketball standout. Following a high school stint as a star, he was recruited to Wake Forest University, where he became a key part of the team's effort to rebuild. Paul was drafted into the National Basketball Association in 2005, by the New Orleans Hornets, where he played for six seasons before becoming a key part of another rebuilding effort, with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Arnold Palmer (born September 10, 1929): The son of a country club groundskeeper, Palmer was the first golfer to win the Masters Tournament four times and is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men's professional golf. Nicknamed "the King," Palmer won 92 tournaments during his career.

Interesting facts about Wake Forest University:

Freshman orientation was never this fun! The library becomes your battle ground as the Freshman take part in an epic game of capture the flag.

Stressed about exams? Wake Forest has you covered! With an abundance of coffee and snacks, the library is decorated during exam season to lighten up the mood. They even put boxes around the library for you to have a private study session (yes, literally a box).