About Wake Forest

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, N.C., with nearly 8,000 students from 48 states and 46 countries. We are a vibrant and diverse academic community where our students study in one or more of the 42 majors and program we offer within our six colleges and schools.

In September 2017, U.S. News ranked Wake Forest #27 in the country in their “Best Colleges” listings. From the same report, we were also ranked #12 in “Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” and #23 in “Best Value”.

More facts at a glance about Wake Forest University are provided below.

Reynolda Hall in the Fall

The Basics

  • Founded: 1834 (Wake Forest, NC)
  • Relocated: 1956 (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • School Colors: Old Gold, Black
  • Type: Private
  • Motto: Pro Humanitate (For Humanity)
  • Campus Size: 340 acres

Quad Roll

Who We Are

  • Enrollment (2016-17): 7,968 (4,955 undergrad, 3,013 graduate)
  • 48: States represented in undergraduate population
  • 46: Foreign countries represented in undergraduate population
  • 28%: Ethnic diversity
  • 6,281: Full-time faculty and staff*

*Includes Reynolda Campus and Medical Center

Physical Chemistry Lab

How We Learn

  • 42: Majors offered (Undergrad)
  • 63: Minors offered
  • 6: Colleges and schools
  • 10 to 1: Student: Faculty ratio
  • 99%: Portion of all undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students.
  • 57%: Portion of Class of 2016 graduates who studied abroad.

WF Ironworks in the Fall

How We Rank

  • #27: Best National Universities*
  • #12: Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching*
  • #23: Best Value*
  • #39: High School Counselors’ Top Picks*
  • #1: Study Abroad Participation**
  • #12: Need-Based Financial Aid**
  • #1: National rank in Fall Campus Beauty

*U.S. News, Sept. 2017, **U.S. News, Sept. 2016

Demon Deacon at BB&T Stadium

How We Play

  • Division: NCAA D1
  • Region: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
  • Nickname: The Demon Deacons
  • Mascot: The Demon Deacon
  • 8: National Championships
  • 94%: Student-athlete graduation rate as measured by the NCAA

Statue of Arnold Palmer on WFU Campus

Who We Become (Alumni)

  • 70,793: Living degree recipients
  • 50: U.S. states in which they live
  • 39%: Portion who live in North Carolina
  • 97: Foreign countries in which they live
  • Notable Alumni: Richard Burr (‘78): Tim Duncan (’97); Robert Ehrlich (JD ’82); Charlie Ergen (MBA ’76); Emily Giffin (‘94); Kay Hagan (JD ‘78); Thomas Marshburn (MD ’89); Arnold Palmer (‘51); Chris Paul (’07)

Pro Humanitate

It’s about us, and the greater meaning what it means to be human. Our motto, Pro Humanitate (For Humanity), is a calling to use our knowledge, talents and compassion to better the lives of others. It can mean donating time and resources to our communities or simply a lifelong commitment to pursuing our best self. No matter your personal interpretation, it’s an opportunity to leave the world better than we found it.

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