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Pro Humanitate (for humanity) invites us to use our ideas, knowledge, talents and compassion on behalf of humanity in all its difference and diversity. 

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Our Winston-Salem, N.C., campus houses an academic community of almost 9,000 students, with more studying at Wake Forest locations in Charlotte, Washington, D.C., and around the world. Our undergraduate liberal arts curriculum inspires a holistic approach to preparing graduate and professional school students. We graduate leaders with integrity and courage who use their success to make an impact on society.



Educating Character Initiative announces 2024 grant recipients

The Educating Character Initiative (ECI), a part of the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University, has awarded 41 grants of up to $50,000 to institutions nationwide seeking to educate and embed character in their distinctive contexts of higher education.

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Shelby Horth awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship

Applied mathematics researcher Shelby Horth has earned a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award to study aeronautics. Horth, a May 2024 Wake Forest graduate, will pursue a doctorate in applied mathematics at the University of Arizona. Her research will explore complex mathematical models and their applications in aeronautics and aerospace.

Roksanna Keyvan (‘26), a Stamps Scholar from Coral Springs, Florida, who has designed her own major focusing on environmental and social justice, is one of 16 @yale Conservation Scholars this summer. 

As part of this early leadership initiative, Keyvan will engage for nine weeks in fishery regulatory policy work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Other scholars might be placed at a research laboratory, environmental nonprofit, or field site; all will receive a stipend, mentorship, professional development workshops and an invitation to the New Horizons in Conservation Conference.

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Applied mathematics researcher and private pilot Shelby Horth (‘24) has earned a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award to study aeronautics.

Horth, a May 2024 Wake Forest graduate, will pursue a doctorate in applied mathematics at the University of Arizona. Her research will explore complex mathematical models and their real-world applications in aeronautics/aerospace, potentially leading to breakthroughs in signal processing, information processing, optimization and predictive modeling. 

“Being awarded the fellowship is an incredible honor and a pivotal milestone in my academic and professional research career,” said Horth. “This fellowship validates the significance of my research in applied mathematics. It also provides the necessary resources and support for me to delve deeper into innovative problem-solving.”

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the reputation of the GRFP follows recipients as they become lifelong leaders who contribute significantly to scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.

NSF-GRFP fellowships provide a three-year annual stipend of $37,000 along with a $16,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, as well as access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students.

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Evan Harris (‘26), a rising junior communication major from Greensboro, North Carolina, will spend two months studying Indonesian language and culture in Malang, Indonesia, as part of the Critical Language Scholarship Program. 

The program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages by providing funded, immersive experiences virtually and around the world to help students improve their language skills.

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The Pulitzer Center has selected Melina Traiforos (‘25), English major and journalism and marketing communications minor, as Wake Forest’s 2024 Reporting Fellow.

Traiforos will receive a $3,000 stipend to report on Black maternal health disparities and inequalities low-income women face in the health care system. Her research project, titled “Black Mothers Are Dying. Here’s What NYC’s Doulas Are Doing About It,” will focus on the stories and outcomes behind an initiative taking place in New York City to address these inequalities.

Black women are nine times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women, according to the City of New York. 

“The Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellowship will allow me to report on Ancient Song Doula Services, an organization that partners with NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ year-old Citywide Doula Initiative to provide free, non-medical support to under-resourced pregnant people in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens,” said Traiforos.

The Pulitzer Center awards fellowships to students from its Campus Consortium partners to cover a wide range of issues including climate change, education, human rights and global health. They receive funding  and mentorship to report from the U.S. and around the world. The University’s journalism program also provides support for the fellowship.

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Why Wake Forest?


Wake Forest is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships, work-study, and subsidized loans.

Our Hometown

Within driving distance of both the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Coast, Winston-Salem offers the amenities of a larger city with the vibrant culture of an engaged community.

Facts & Figures

Get to know Wake Forest better by browsing a collection of quick facts, figures and rankings.

By the Numbers


is the number of student organizations that you can explore (or we’ll help you find a match) in order to discover your passion. Don’t find it? Apply to charter one!

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is our student-to-faculty ratio. More than half of our undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students. Only 1% have more than 50 students.

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of undergraduates have an academic study-abroad experience, many of them in our academic-residential houses in London, Vienna and Venice.

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