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U.S. News ranks Wake Forest 11th in undergraduate teaching

August 20, 2009

Among national universities, U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest University 11th in its commitment to undergraduate teaching in the 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s guide, “America’s Best Colleges.” The list, new this year, features colleges and universities that do the best job of teaching undergraduates. Wake Forest tied with several schools for 11th place.

In the overall rankings, Wake Forest ranks 28th among 262 national universities. Wake Forest is tied with Tufts University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The university had a strong showing in many categories, including alumni giving rates, faculty resources and graduation rates. Wake Forest was ranked 28th in last year’s edition and has been ranked in the top 30 in the national universities category since 1997.

“Undergraduate education is at the heart of Wake Forest,” said Wake Forest Provost Jill Tiefenthaler. “We are pleased that our commitment to the teacher-scholar ideal is being recognized in the rankings. We are also excited about our significant improvement in the faculty resources category, which includes class size, faculty salaries, student-faculty ratio and other factors. This is especially important in what are challenging times for higher education.”

As mentioned in the U.S. News guide, more than half of Wake Forest classes have fewer than 20 students. The student/faculty ratio is 11 to one. Ninety-three percent of Wake Forest freshmen return for their sophomore year.

Among national universities, Wake Forest was ranked 32nd on a list of “Great Schools, Great Prices.”

The U.S. News rankings are posted on The rankings will appear in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands Aug. 24. The issue will also include an essay by Wake Forest University Provost Jill Tiefenthaler on making SATs optional in college admissions. “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook will be available Aug. 26.

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