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Wake Forest University Data & Information Overview

454 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
25% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Wake Forest University Ranked?

#128 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in NC
Education Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Wake Forest University was awarded 454 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Wake Forest University as #128 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 93 colleges in North Carolina, Wake Forest University is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Wake Forest University?

25% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

Wake Forest University has a very low acceptance rate of 25%, 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

10 to 1 Student to Faculty
74% Full Time Teachers

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 10 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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Wake Forest University is 74%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  74 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wake Forest University

94% Freshmen Retention
84% On-Time Graduation Rate

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

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Wake Forest University for first-time, full-time students is 84%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100

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Wake Forest University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,367 Full-Time Undergraduates
22.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,441 undergraduates at Wake Forest University with 5,367 being full-time and 74 being part-time.

How Much Does Wake Forest University Cost?

$32,845 Net Price
18% Take Out Loans
$38,604 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Wake Forest University is $32,845. 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 +
$10,401 $5,612 $10,228 $24,718 $52,236

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 18% of students took out student loans averaging $9,651 a year. That adds up to $38,604 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wake Forest University is 0.6%. 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?

$74,968 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University make about $74,968 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Wake Forest University graduates since it is 76% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Wake Forest University

North Carolina State
5,367 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit institution. Winston-Salem is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Wake Forest University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: 336-758-5000

Wake Forest University Majors

53 Majors With Completions
1,356 Undergraduate Degrees
1,075 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 53 majors graduated from Wake Forest University. Of these students, 1,356 received undergraduate degrees and 1,075 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
Communication & Media Studies 150 $43,075
General Business/Commerce 131 $65,533
Political Science & Government 125 $49,727
Economics 117 $57,100
Finance & Financial Management 115 $73,169
General Psychology 114 $26,694
Health & Physical Education 59 $24,425
Computer Science 46 $70,098
General English Literature 45 $43,018
General Engineering 42 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

16% Take At Least One Class Online
8% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 1,434 students took at least one online class at Wake Forest University. This is a decrease from the 7,591 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,434 737
2019-2020 7,591 1,370
2018-2019 579 455
2017-2018 511 415
2016-2017 433 332

Learn more about online learning at Wake Forest University.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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