Welcome to Wake Forest


Our motto means more.

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.

Dozens of elementary students in Forsyth County are getting a boost with their summer reading skills and getting a glimpse of college life on campus at Wake Forest. They are participating in a six-week program known as Freedom School.

It’s part of a national initiative developed by the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF). The Wake Forest program began seven years ago and today, serves nearly 70 students in grades K-5 in Forsyth County.

Students from Wake Forest and other universities serve as teachers and provide mentoring, leadership development and academic support during the Freedom School.

There are lots of learning opportunities, fun-filled courses, and interactive group activities, but the main focus is reading. The children read books with meaningful and relatable narratives that allow them to gain insights into their own heritage, history and traditions. 

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Have a happy and safe 4th, Deacs! 🎆
La semana pasada visitamos Segovia y nos sentimos como la realeza. - @wfusalamanca 

Last week we visited Segovia and felt like royals! 

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The quiet beauty of Summer in the Forest. #MotherSoDear
Celebrating Juneteenth with commentary from @wakediv Dean Corey D. B. Walker. #ProHumanitate
Wendy Wei (‘25), a Reynolds Scholar majoring in applied statistics and philosophy from Lexington, Kentucky, is spending the summer at @carnegiemellon completing a Data Science-focused Junior Summer Institute sponsored by the Program for Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA). 

This national fellowship program prepares students for careers that serve the public good by providing rigorous academic training and professional development over seven weeks. Students who successfully complete the PPIA-JSI and are admitted to Heinz College’s full-time master’s program will receive a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend of $8,000 per year.

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Bringing back this gem in honor of all the Deacon Dads who just get more done. Happy Father’s Day! #GoDeacs

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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