Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest University


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Recent Reviews

Sarah
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academics, Basketball and Football, Social Life, Sororities and Fraternities.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Academics, Basketball and Football, Social Life, Sororities and Fraternities.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do not allow your student to transfer within the first year. Make sure he or she waits out a year and tries different activites and social groups before looking into transfering.

Max
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A place of intellectual stimulation in the classroom and carefree fun on the weekends.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A place of intellectual stimulation in the classroom and carefree fun on the weekends.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The modern day college process is in need of serious reform. Activities like paying thousands of dollars to a specialist , combing through endless books, or going on college trips freshman year of high school may help you get into the "perfect" school. They also might make absolutely no difference and distract you from the important pieces of the college selection process. The immense pressure that high schoolers put on themselves to get into a specific college is simply counterproductive. Worrying will not help your GPA, or get you through the gilded gate of your choice university. Instead of that behavior, simply start the process with an open mind. When you remove those burdens you'll find that there is not a handful but dozens of institutions in which you would be happy. Your first action should be to go to your school counselor. There you can establish a broad definition of where you could be accepted. After that do research online and get one or two good books to give you a feel for what you might like. Simply visit these places, and you will soon be surprised by the plethora of fantastic options for those joyous for years.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the balance between time spent with the community and time spent studying. There's just enough work to keep the students busy, even the really bright ones. However, there's never so much classwork that people don't have time for fun. The majority of people I know, if they manage their schedule well, can get great grades and have lots of time for other persuits.

Nicole
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A wonderful place to learn about yourself and grow as an individual, where academics are placed above all else.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A wonderful place to learn about yourself and grow as an individual, where academics are placed above all else.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Small class sizes, but large resources.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If the school feels right for you, go for it, regardless of anyone else's opinions.

Ali
Describe the students at your school.

Friendly, helpful, acadmic minded

Describe the students at your school.

Friendly, helpful, acadmic minded

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would say, look at the size of a school and whether or not it is in a city environment or a college town. Also, look at the different majors offered and how involved the school is in helping you find a career. Once at school I would try to be involved with as many activities as possible to try and network. Become close with some professors so they can you help you find a job or write you a recommendation. Always put academics first, but still be social and take time to have fun with friends.

Lindsay
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In my experience, making the college decision was about finding the "perfect fit" where I would be guaranteed happiness--a sc...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

In my experience, making the college decision was about finding the "perfect fit" where I would be guaranteed happiness--a school with a well-rounded student body, smaller classes to facilitate teacher-student relations, respected academics, and strong school spirit. I also looked for parts of the country I would voluntarily live post-graduation in the event that my first job surfaced there--temperature and location ARE worthy factors. However, in looking back at my own decision and those of my friends, it seems that there really is no completely wrong answer. There is no way to "fail" in picking out a college because in reality, choosing to take the path of education is the most valuable decision to make. There will be great professors & there will be not so great professors, just as there will be great people and not so great people to befriend. Dig deep and ask probing questions--remember, the tour guides are instructed to steer away from answering questions that shed a poor light. Don't ask about what they like about the school, ask what changes they would like to see on campus. Know yourself, have your priorities, and you won't go wrong!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Those who apply may know its reputation as "Work Forest", however, students don't truly realize the meaning behind that nickname until they come to the school. Classes are difficult and the studying/homework produces a stress level is often seen as an "unhealthy obsession." In addition, students do not have much to show for it when it comes to the GPA. For at Wake Forest, we do not have GPA inflators, but rather, GPA DEFLATORS. And with the economy as it is, the job market is even more competitive than ever. Low GPA's do not help our situation.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

The grad deflation makes it that much more stressful to earn a 3.2 while my highschool friends at public universities make 4.0's without working half as hard as I do. It is definitely something to think about--a 4.0 at a big state school usually looks better than a 3.0, even at a top school like Wake. And more free time to actually enjoy college would be an added bonus. Not to say that I don't enjoy Wake, I am, but not as much as I would like.

Martha
What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The academic quality. I am well prepared for graduate school

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The academic quality. I am well prepared for graduate school

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The cost and lack of financial aid that was not in the form of loans.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It is perfectly understandable that the prospect of selecting a college can be overwhelming. You are essentially selecting an institution that will be responsible not only for your academic advancement, but for placing you with individuals who will become your future best friends, spouses and colleagues. Because it is such an important decision, give yourself time to analyze the different options. Of course look at the typical characteristics -- the dorms, the meal plans, the fitness facilities. But more importantly, go and speak with professors, see if they are willing to take time out to speak with you. Approach a student on campus, and see how friendly and willing to help they are. These are the people and the interactions that will truly shape your college experience, not how impressive the recreatonal facilities are. If you find an institution where you feel welcomed, and the individuals around you are excited to have you there, then you have probably found a school worthy of the most important four years of your edicational life.

Danielle
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It was small in size and academically prestigious but also had many features of a large state school, such as dynamic Divisio...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It was small in size and academically prestigious but also had many features of a large state school, such as dynamic Division I athletics and research facitlites.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

While ranking and prestige are factors are something to consider, parents and students should think of 'fit' before either. It is more important to consider where each individual student will thrive academically and socially.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that the greek life was as omnipresent as it is.

Mason
What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The dining staff is subcontracted and not necessarily composed of university staff. For this reason, they are not always held...

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The dining staff is subcontracted and not necessarily composed of university staff. For this reason, they are not always held to the standards of demeanor that other faculty and staff may be. It is often frustrating to interact with them when you have had a day just as bad or worse than they seem to be having.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Although there are a great number of scholarships available to graduating high school seniors, there are also scholarships or other types of easily accesible funding that can be applied for depending on your chosen major(s). Some of these scholarships may even be applied to study abroad which does not necessarily have to be under the direct administration of the university to be eligible for course credits.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Beginning with the summer prior to your junior year of high school, you will begin to receive an umlimited amount of advice as to your collegiate future. It will likely range in form from themes such as, "If you hate high school, then you will love college" and "College will be the best four years of your life" to "Follow the money: you should choose whichever school offers you the most financial aid." During my time in college, however, I have found that the reality you will eventually live with does not always agree with the misleading, albeit honest, advice that you once received. The decision as to the right college for YOU should ultimately be left up to YOU. Take your time and outline those characteristics that you find most attractive in an academic environment and potential home, because it will be both of things, and more. The decision you make is not only for your academic training, but for your social, emotional, and otherwise personal development, as well. Ultimately, remember that the decision is for YOU, so that you can decide how you will spend the best years of your life--whether they are during college or afterwards.

Beili
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think my school is well known around the area as a prestigious school, with a big work load.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think my school is well known around the area as a prestigious school, with a big work load.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit colleges you're interested in. Make sure the college is a good match for you, whether academically, culturally, or geographically.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I think the most frustrating thing for me is the registration system. The school often underestimates how many students can take a certain class, so there is much waitlisting and contacting professors.

Sara
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Southern, rich private school that has small classes and great professors. It is very conservative, and not very diverse in ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Southern, rich private school that has small classes and great professors. It is very conservative, and not very diverse in regards to the student population.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look for a school that offers a program you wish to pursue, is the right size, and you feel will give you the best education possible. Location is also important, whether you want to be in a city or the middle of nowhere, but it is nice to have a school in a place where getting off campus is also fun and that offers a variety of activities.

What's unique about your campus?

The small classes, and the great professors.

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