Winston-Salem, NC
Wake Forest University


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Recent Reviews

Ammar
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Summary: Wake Forest University is a focused school. I know its cliche, but people really do work hard, play hard. Unfortuna...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Summary: Wake Forest University is a focused school. I know its cliche, but people really do work hard, play hard. Unfortunately, this translates to a very large greek scene, and if you don't have a group or know who you are and find people with interests like yours, you'll often feel stranded if you aren't going out. Have no fear! There are people for you, you just gotta hunt for them. You won't feel pressured to go out or go to frats/parties if you aren't into that (unless its your own friends pressuring you, which is your choice). Due to the spring rush, frats do not push to attract people. The people who are into the scene distinguish themselves in the fall, leaving campus quieter and giving a more pleasant environment. Additionally, students from more diverse backgrounds will feel the campus is rather white-washed, and may feel isolated or different. This is an unfortunate truth to campus, and if you don't know where to go you will continue to feel that way. There are organizations and people for you, but I stress that you need to hunt diligently. Seek out places and people like the Black Student Organization (BSA), or the Intercultural Center (IC). Academically, professors are wonderful. Ask your seniors for recommendations on who to take, be wary of your class selection and you should be fine. You can feel like you have a lot of work to do at times, especially as a freshman, but you can overcome it with good scheduling. Its fairly easy to get on and off campus, with regular shuttles, and shuttles you can call late-night on the weekend. Which is great if you just want to go out eating with friends in town, or are old enough to get into the alcohol scene off-campus. (not that it isn't EASILY available on-campus, to a ludicrous degree.) There are also plenty of events on campus, but if you don't know where to look, you'll really get bored on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out the club registrar. Food is decent, with event food being pretty great. There have been steady improvements that are slowly raising the food to fairly strong level in my opinion. The student union and student government have pushed changes for diversity and bigger selection, and so far, so good. Freshmen live all together on the south side of campus, which is a phenomenal choice, since it allows them to live with people of their own experience and form friend groups, and keeps the freshmen out of everyone else's hair. Overall, fairly good. If they continue to expand the number of minorities on campus and remove some of the prevalence of frats, it will really be a superb place to be.

Brianna
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I like to rate schools based on the 4 C's: 1. Classes 2. Cuisine 3. Cool-Hang outs 4.Climate (social and weather) This is act...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I like to rate schools based on the 4 C's: 1. Classes 2. Cuisine 3. Cool-Hang outs 4.Climate (social and weather) This is actually the first time I will be using this method as I have just finished my very first year at Wake Forest University. First things first, classes. From my experience as well as my other classmates that attend WFU, most classes class sizes were comfortable. There are only a few extremely large classes and even those were on the small side in comparison to other large colleges and universities. There are always a few difficult/unreasonable teachers in every school. However I rarely hear of any at Wake. I have enjoyed all of my classes and all of my professors are extremely passionate about what they teach and how students learn. Next, cuisine. There are two main cafeterias. One on the North part of campus and one on the south side of campus. Both are affectionately called the "Pit." Both locations have pretty decent food. Actually exceptional food. There are a variety of healthy options and not-so-healthy options. There are specific stations for vegetarians and gluten-free diners. Aside from these two cafeterias there are PLENTY of restaurants to choose from. Chick Fil A, Moe's, Boar's Head, 2 Starbucks, a student run coffee shop, and student favorite's such as Shorty's, Zick's, and Bistro. Wake Forest is about 10-15 minutes away from downtown Winston-Salem. However there are shuttle services that run during the week and on the weekends to many different places in the Winston Salem area, ensuring that students are able to visit all the different “hang outs” Winston Salem has to offer. There are also plenty of parties and events that take place on campus tp ensure there is never a dull moment. Finally, the climate. We deal with your standard unpredictable North Carolina weather. Cold winters with a few inches of snow, sweltering summers, and confusing springs/falls. As for the social climate, greek life is not a MUST but is definitely common. There are hundreds of clubs and organizations to get involved in and many opportunities to discover your passions through the countless social interactions. Overall Wake Forest has been an outstanding, welcoming, and comfortable home away from home. It won’t be hard for anyone to find their place.

Azaria
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Wake forest was a beautiful campus and the students and faculty are so friendly! My family and I got lost and a group of stud...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wake forest was a beautiful campus and the students and faculty are so friendly! My family and I got lost and a group of students were kind enough to help us back to the group! The ZSR library is so beautiful and was filled with some kind of study group or students just studying. I would highly recommend everybody to go visit this school. It definitely moved up my list of colleges to apply to!

Karin
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I would recommend Wake Forest to any student looking for a great education. I loved my time on campus. Going to Wake Forest m...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I would recommend Wake Forest to any student looking for a great education. I loved my time on campus. Going to Wake Forest made me a stronger person over the four years I attended. During my time at Wake I studied abroad, joined a sorority, and received an excellent education. My criticisms come mostly from my experience with the student body. Social dynamics are a big part of Wake Forest, and I felt like an outlier for not being part of 15 different clubs or events. There's a work hard, party harder attitude in the student body, so if you're not into the frat scene it will be a bit more challenging for you to socialize on the weekends. At least, that's true early on. By senior year people mostly grow out of that. In terms of the university my only complaint is that they don't provide much career support. Since I was in the business school I was prepared for the job search, but my liberal arts friends seemed to be on their own when it came time to find employment. If you're looking to meet intelligent people and engaging professors, then Wake Forest is the place to be. I still communicate with my professors, and I love the friends I made - both within and outside my sorority. I'd definitely recommend attending Wake Forest University.

Meredith
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I love Wake Forest. We are currently expanding and renovating our campus. A new "innovation center" downtown just opened whe...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love Wake Forest. We are currently expanding and renovating our campus. A new "innovation center" downtown just opened where there are now more courses offered and provides more locations to study off campus. There is a shuttle that runs every 15 minutes from campus to downtown allowing for an easy commute. We provide a community where everyone wants to see each other thrive. There is little academic competition between the students, rather we work together to help our friends to excel. It is a very friendly campus where people in Greek life are friends with members in other fraternities/soroities as well as people who are not in Greek life. I love everything about Wake forest, there is definitely a "work hard, play hard" atmosphere but academics always comes first. There is very little pressure to do something that you don't want to do because we all understand the Wake is a hard school. But when the test is over, we do know how to enjoy the short lived freedom. I could not imagine going to another school, I love it.

Dominique
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Work Forest - where your best hasn't been good enough since 1834. As a rising senior I can confirm that Wake has definitely ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Work Forest - where your best hasn't been good enough since 1834. As a rising senior I can confirm that Wake has definitely earned its nickname "Work Forest". I graduated from high school with a grade point average of over a 4.0, and here at Wake... let's just say it's not that. During these four years students try to combat the academic stress being inflicted upon them, while parents are annually and increasingly victimized by the financial assaults that Wake calls “tuition”. (During my freshman year, tuition was $65,072. It is now $70,380.) Diversity could also be improved. I know every minority on campus by name because it feels as though there are only ten of us. Most students are fabulously wealthy and Caucasian. They drive Porches, Mercedes, and BMWs; and you will often find them wearing lululemon, Vineyard Vines, and sorority/fraternity paraphernalia. Nonetheless, I cannot think of a university that I would rather attend. Ranked twenty-seventh in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, there is no doubt that Wake Forest is a great institution. Wake has a faculty to student ratio of 10:1; they offer hundreds of study abroad programs and hundreds organizations to participate in; the campus is beautiful; we have a ninety-eight percent employment rate upon graduation, etc. Wake also has resources for any need a student could possibly have (i.e. the Learning Assistance Center, the Office of Personal and Career Development, the LGBTQ center, the Intercultural Center, etc.) If a faculty member cannot solve a student’s dilemma, he or she will put the student in contact with someone who can. Professors also genuinely want to get to know their students. In fact, last night my professor had myself and a group of students over at his house for dinner. Because of Wake Forest and the opportunities given by the institution, I have been able to double-major in Politics & International Affairs and Sociology, with concentrations in American Government and Crime & Criminal Justice. I am a third-year member of WFU’s dance team; I work for the WFU Police Department as the student supervisor of Deacon Student Patrol; I mentor freshman international students through a program called Friendship Beyond Borders; I am a third-year member of a Christian worship group called Athletes in Action; and I am a tour guide for WFU’s athletic department. This summer I will be participating in a law internship in Dublin, Ireland. In the fall of 2017 I will be studying abroad in Venice, Italy, while residing in a house (located on the canal,) that Wake Forest owns. I love Wake Forest, and the opportunities and connections students can obtain by going here are unbeatable. GO DEACS!

Julia
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Wake Forest University's motto is "Pro humanitate", or, "for humanity", which is very fitting. Another very fitting motto is ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Wake Forest University's motto is "Pro humanitate", or, "for humanity", which is very fitting. Another very fitting motto is "Work Forest", as it is lovingly referred to by us students. There's always work to be done, but don't take that negatively. If you come to Wake you will be busy. Always. A student is never without something to do, be it homework, a party, hanging out with friends, bunking away on of Z. Smith Reynolds Library's eight floors, extracurriculars, a job, greek life, anything. Mother So Dear is never without activities to fill your every waking, and sometimes sleeping, hour.

Brittany
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Excellent academics, amazing campus resources. Winston is a great place for all kinds of activities, with good mountain trail...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Excellent academics, amazing campus resources. Winston is a great place for all kinds of activities, with good mountain trails, a lake, and good shopping and food nearby. Class sizes are great, although the campus is growing and therefor class sizes are also increasing.

Melissa
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I just started my master's program at Wake Forest University. So far, it has been a pleasure working with my academic adviser...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I just started my master's program at Wake Forest University. So far, it has been a pleasure working with my academic adviser. The application process was a breeze and the webcam interview wasn't too bad. I'm looking forward to beginning. Everyone I have reached out to for questions have been prompt in their response time.

N
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Beautiful campus and the students seemed happy

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Beautiful campus and the students seemed happy

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