Wake Forest University

World University Rankings 2024
US College Rankings 2022
1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27109, United States

About Wake Forest University

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University was first established outside Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, before re-establishing itself in the city of Winston-Salem, its current location.

It is a private, coeducational collegiate university with a liberal arts curriculum and enrols around 7,500 students through its undergraduate, graduate and professional schools.

Undergraduates make up the bulk of the enrolment with up to 5,000 hailing from almost every state in the US and around 47 different countries.

The graduate school of Arts and Sciences offers 30 post-graduate programmes and there are the schools of business, law, divinity and medicine.

The law school is private and accredited by the American Bar Association. The school of medicine is responsible for educating nearly 2,000 students and fellows. The business school houses both graduate and undergraduate courses, and the school of divinity has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

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.

and is renowned for having a deep commitment to the arts and entertainment, with a wide range of art galleries, performance art spaces, music and dance venues on offer.

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 prides itself on friendliness, the stimulation of intellectual discussion, athletic competition and the satisfaction of service to others. Its motto ‘Pro Huminatate’ means ‘For Humanity.’

Wake Forest’s colours are gold and black and its mascot is the ‘Demon Deacon’.

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Key statistics

  • 4.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 9%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 8%
    Proportion of ISR Publication
  • 8,293
    Number of FTE Students
  • $55,440
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • $15,018
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $61,267
    Salary after 10 years
Based on data collected for the (1) 2024 World University Rankings and (2) 2022 US Rankings

Subjects taught at Wake Forest University

  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
    • Other Health
  • Social sciences

    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Physical sciences

    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Chemistry
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Business & economics

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Arts & humanities

    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Life sciences

    • Sport Science
    • Biological Sciences
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
  • Education

    • Education
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Law

    • Law