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Wake Forest: true or false?

December 14, 2006

  1. Wake Forest was originally established near Raleigh.  True.  Wake Forest was founded in 1834 in Wake County, which is the same county where Raleigh serves as county seat and state capital.  Gradually, the town of Wake Forest developed around the school.

  2. Wake Forest moved to Winston-Salem in 1956.  True.  The move took place during the summer to a new campus begun in the early 1950s.  Although other colleges have moved their campuses, Wake Forest may well be the largest, most well-established institution to move nearly 100 miles to a new home and continue operating under the same name.

  3. Wake Forest is a Baptist school.  False.  Wake Forest is a private university that is independently governed by its board of trustees.  The university was founded by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.  Wake Forest established independent governance in 1986.  It is no longer a Baptist institution.  The university does respect its religious heritage.

  4. Wake Forest is the smallest Division I school in the NCAA.  False.  Wake Forest is the third smallest. 

  5. Wake Forest has a total of 4,000 students.  False, but close when only undergraduates are considered.  Undergraduates total 4,321.  When professional and graduate school students are included, the total student population is 6,739.

  6. Wake Forest has more than one campus.  True.  In Winston-Salem, Wake Forest has the Reynolda Campus and the Bowman Gray Campus.  The Reynolda Campus is home to the undergraduate College, the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, the School of Law, the Babcock Graduate School of Management, the Graduate School, and the Divinity School.  The Wake Forest University School of Medicine is located on the Bowman Gray Campus.   The university also has academic and research activities in other locations in the Winston-Salem area, including downtown Winston-Salem, and the Babcock Graduate School offers a Charlotte program.


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