Wake Forest University Admissions

Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, & More

Reynolda Hall at Wake Forest
Reynolda Hall at Wake Forest ( more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wake Forest rates as one of the top private universities in the Southeast. The university's name recognition comes partly from its accomplished Atlantic Coast Conference athletic teams, especially basketball.

But Wake Forest's academics shouldn't be underrated. The university is a member of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, and Wake Forest boasts of its small classes and impressive student to faculty ratio. Overall, the university provides an unusual balance of a small college academic atmosphere and a large university sports scene. You can explore the campus with a Wake Forest University photo tour.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 7,968 (4,955 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47 percent male / 53 percent female
  • 99 percent full-time

Costs (2016–17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $49,308
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,404
  • Other Expenses: $2,400
  • Total Cost: $66,512

Wake Forest University Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 47 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 39 percent
    • Loans: 25 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $40,596
    • Loans: $9,265

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Baseball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field, Field Hockey, Golf

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Wake Forest Mission Statement

Wake Forest is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs. The University 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 University continues to fulfill its ideal of a more diverse learning community, providing students an example of the world they will be called upon to lead. The University sustains a vibrant residential community with a broad-based program of service and extracurricular activities. The University recognizes the benefits of intercollegiate athletics conducted with integrity and at the highest level.

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics