Since its founding in 1834, Wake Forest University has built on its tradition of academic excellence and service to humanity. The University provides the highly personalized attention characteristic of America’s most selective private institutions coupled with the breadth and depth of a large research institution. The University is recognized for its outstanding academic reputation and challenging liberal arts curriculum.
Wake Forest embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, prizing personal interaction between students and faculty. It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.
The Graduate School for Arts and Sciences, along with professional schools in law, medicine, business and divinity enrich the intellectual environment and provide robust resources to undergraduates, as do extensive programs in the humanities, international studies, entrepreneurship and undergraduate research. The University further distinguishes itself through its beautiful residential campus, sophisticated computing and networking technology and Atlantic Coast Conference athletic programs.
Wake Forest also has a broad study abroad programme, which gives students the opportunity to travel all over the world via 400 study abroad options in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Outside of the lecture theatre, there are 194 clubs and organisations for students to join and participate in – there is a lot to do for fun on campus and near. Its location in the middle of the state – known as the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina – means it also benefits from being just a short drive away from both the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
The university is proud on friendliness, the stimulation of intellectual discussion, athletic competition and the satisfaction of service to others.
U.S. News National University Rankings 2016 place Wake Forest the 27th nationally. Forbes America's Top Colleges ranking 2016 place it the 61st. In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges report, Wake Forest ranked tied for the 10th in terms of "Best Undergraduate Teaching" in the U.S. and for the 27th overall among national universities.
Notable graduates of Wake Forest University include television journalist Melissa Harris-Perry; Aqua Teen Hunger Force co-creator Dave Willis; DISH Network co-founder Charlie Ergen; basketball players Muggsy Bogues, Tim Duncan, and Chris Paul; governors such as Charlie Crist and Bob Ehrlich; and several United States senators including Kay Hagan, Richard Burr, and Jesse Helms. Notable attendees include legendary golfer Arnold Palmer; actor Carroll O'Connor; and The Sopranos creator David Chase.
Wake Forest offers more than 35 major areas of study in the undergraduate programs leading to the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Most popular majors include business/commerce, communication, psychology economics, political science and government, and finance.
Wake Forest is made up of six schools. Its graduate programs include those in the highly ranked School of Law, School of Business and School of Medicine. Undergraduates are enrolled in either Wake Forest College or the business school.
In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges report, Wake Forest ranked tied for the 10th in terms of "Best Undergraduate Teaching" and for the 27th overall among national universities. The School of Law is tied for the 40th in the country and the School of Medicine is tied for the 52nd best in research and for the 74th best in primary care.
The part-time MBA program was ranked by U.S. News in 2016 as tied for the 19th best in the U.S., while the nursing anesthesia program was tied for the 10th.