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Wake Forest University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Wake Forest University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Wake Forest University offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Wake Forest University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Wake Forest University was awarded 115 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is communication and media studies.

Overall Quality

Wake Forest University landed the #37 spot in College Factual's 2020 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,727 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

Out of the 55 colleges in North Carolina, Wake Forest University is ranked at #2.

See all of the rankings for Wake Forest University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Wake Forest University?

Acceptance Rate

Wake Forest University has a very low acceptance rate of 28%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Wake Forest University just in case you don't make the cut.

Learn more about Wake Forest University admissions.

Wake Forest University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Wake Forest University it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Wake Forest University is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Wake Forest University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Wake Forest University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Wake Forest University the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 82%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  82 out of 100
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Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Wake Forest University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Wake Forest University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,102 undergraduates at Wake Forest University with 5,046 being full-time and 56 being part-time.

Wake Forest University Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 94.26 out of 100, Wake Forest University is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  94.26 out of 100
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How Much Does Wake Forest University Cost?

The overall average net price of Wake Forest University is $33,382. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Wake Forest University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,979 $7,595 $19,466 $24,816 $48,756

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Wake Forest University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Wake Forest University, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $10,352 a year. That adds up to $41,408 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wake Forest University is 1.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Wake Forest University Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Wake Forest University make around $63,800 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Wake Forest University graduates since it is 56% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.

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See which majors at Wake Forest University make the most money.

Location of Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Winston-Salem is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Location of Wake Forest University

Contact details for Wake Forest University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: 336-758-5000
Website: www.wfu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wfuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WakeForest1834

Wake Forest University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 51 majors graduated from Wake Forest University. Of these students, 1,414 received undergraduate degrees and 1,192 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 164 $51,700
Political Science & Government 124 $42,900
Finance & Financial Management 114 $71,900
Communication & Media Studies 113 $37,700
General Psychology 113 $32,600
General Business/Commerce 102 $60,100
General Biology 102 $34,700
Health & Physical Education 60 $26,300
Computer Science 52 $69,900
Romance Languages 45 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Wake Forest University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Wake Forest University

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 511 students took at least one online class at Wake Forest University. This is an increase from the 433 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 511 415
2016-2017 433 332
2015-2016 369 293
2014-2015 321 225
2013-2014 222 177

Learn more about online learning at Wake Forest University.

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