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Overall Score: 76.67

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC http://www.wfu.edu/
Wake Forest University, known by those who go there as "Work Forest," is a private institution in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Classes are difficult but small, allowing the school's over 5,000 undergrads to have one-on-one interaction with their professors, whom students say are accessible and willing to go out of their way to help. The university’s College of Arts and Sciences features 29 academic departments and 16 interdisciplinary programs. Some of the choices you’ll have at Wake Forest include anthropology, economics, entrepreneurship, computer science, creative writing, film and media studies, and communication. A lush green landscape and stately brick buildings provide the backdrop for a mostly homogeneous student body. The aesthetic is preppy and Southern country club, but you can bet the students at Wake know how to shake it up. Nearly half of the undergrads go Greek, although students say most fraternity parties are open to everyone. "Wake Wednesday" is the big weeknight to go out, either to a frat house or, for a change of scenery, a local bar such as the popular West End Opera House. Most students love the Old Black and Gold, even if they say they live in a "Wake Bubble."

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$79,400
% of students who get any grants
48%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,800
Average price for low-income students
$10,400

Admissions

Acceptance rate
30%
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
5,290

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
5%
Average merit grant
$23,220

Student Success

Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Median student debt
$21,226
Early career earnings
$74,970
% earning more than a high school grad
82%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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