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Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NChttps://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."
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The university gave faculty members and students flexibility to choose their desired method of instruction. Courses are offered face-to-face, blended and fully online. The academic calendar was revised to start the semester early and end before Thanksgiving.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$73,200
% of students who get any grants
49%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,600
Average price for low-income students
$8,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
29%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
5,230
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
9%
Average merit grant
$13,250
student success
Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$19,490
Average salary within 5 years
$55,900
% earning more than $28,000
88%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The university gave faculty members and students flexibility to choose their desired method of instruction. Courses are offered face-to-face, blended and fully online. The academic calendar was revised to start the semester early and end before Thanksgiving.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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