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Wake Forest welcomes new students


August 14, 2008

Wake Forest University begins the 2008-2009 academic year on Aug. 21 with the arrival on campus of approximately 1,200 incoming freshmen.  Freshman will move into their residence halls throughout the day beginning at 8 a.m.  Nearly all freshmen will live on campus.  Residence halls open Aug. 23 for returning sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Orientation week activities include laptop computer pickup, academic placement testing, advising sessions and an introduction to Wake Forest traditions and student organizations.  Classes for all undergraduate students will begin Aug. 27.

This year’s freshman class represents 44 states and 12 foreign countries.  Twenty-six percent are North Carolina residents.  Thirty-seven percent of the students graduated within the top five percent of their high school classes, and 65 percent graduated within the top 10 percent.  Eighteen percent are minorities.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on the Reynolda Campus begins orientation for approximately 140 new students on Aug. 26.  Classes begin Aug. 27.  Forty-seven percent of the incoming graduate students are from North Carolina.  Eight percent are minorities.  The class includes 14 international students from 10 countries.

Orientation for the School of Divinity’s 39 new students begins the evening of Aug. 21 with dinner with the dean.  Twenty-eight percent of the students are from North Carolina, one student is from Mexico and one is from Germany.  Ten percent of the incoming students are minorities.  Academic Dean Jill Crainshaw will lead the Service of Beginnings at 11 a.m. Aug. 26 in Davis Chapel.  Classes for the School of Divinity begin Aug. 27.

The Babcock Graduate School of Management expects 81 new full-time MBA students to arrive for orientation beginning Aug. 18.  Thirty-three percent of the students in the incoming class are women, 15 percent are international students and 9 percent are minorities.  Their average post-graduate work experience is four years.  Classes for the full-time program in the Babcock Graduate School of Management begin Aug. 25.  Additional MBA programs offered for working professionals include the fast track and evening programs in Winston-Salem and evening and Saturday programs in Charlotte, and have varying start dates during the month of August.

Although the Master of Arts in Management program started July 21, its students will attend the orientation sessions for new MBA students.  The Master of Arts program has 28 students this year, who come from 10 different colleges and universities.  Thirty-six percent of the students are women and 18 percent are minorities.

The Master of Science in Accountancy program has 70 new students this year.  Seventeen percent are minorities and two are international students.

The School of Law will begin orientation for the approximately 150 first-year students Aug. 15, with classes beginning Aug. 18.  Thirty-nine percent of the incoming law students are women, 28.5 percent are from North Carolina and 12 percent are minorities.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Wake Forest freshmen move into their residence halls on Thursday, August 23, 2007.
Wake Forest freshmen move into their residence halls on Thursday, August 23, 2007.
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