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Wake Forest University is located on a suburban campus in the north western area of North Carolina. The campus is halfway between the mountains and beaches; many students participate in outdoor activities.

Key Facts


  • #47 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #31 in Best Undergraduate Teaching 
  • #64 in Best Value Schools 
  • #14 in Best Undergraduate Engineering programs

Year founded

  • 1834

School type

  • Private (non-profit)

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 5,472

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 3,475

Student-faculty ratio

  • 10:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 25%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1350 and 1500 / ACT 30-33

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.80

International student population

  • 9.1%

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 97% employed or in graduate school 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $54,100 

Popular majors

  • Social Sciences, Business, Communication, Psychology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $62,128/ $10,448


About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include Undergraduate College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, School of Medicine.

  • Wake Forest University has over 243 student organizations
  • There are more than 35 undergraduate degree programs and about 30 graduate programs 
  • Famous alumni include Chris Paul, professional basketball player for the NBA’s Houston Rockets; Melissa Harris-Perry, author, television host, and political commentator 
Kings alumni at Wake Forest University

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