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Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It was founded in 1834. WFU is both a liberal arts college and a national research university.

Read more about Wake Forest University in articles from the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Public or Private: Private
Average High School GPA: No Information
Average SAT Score (Out of 2400): 1820-2100
ACT Score: 28-31
6-Year Graduation Rate: 88%
Acceptance Rate: 40%
Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Undergraduate Enrollment: 4775
Women's College: No
Religious Affiliation: None
Location: Suburban
Academic Quality
General Education Rating: C
Shakespeare: Yes
Academic Transparency: Somewhat Transparent
Financial Matters
In State Tuition: $44,928.00
Out of State Tuition: $44,928.00
Average Starting Salary of Graduates: $46,900.00
Average Student Debt of Graduates: $35,070.00
Good Economic Value?: Fair
Percentage of Funding Provided by Taxpayers: 16.00%
Percentage of Alumni who Give: 28.00%
FIRE's Free Speech Rating: Red
Alternative Newspaper: Yes
Student Political Involvement: Somewhat Political
Faculty Political Balance: Unbalanced: Democratic
Board of Trustees Political Balance: Unbalanced: Democratic
Pope Center for Higher Education Policy Articles

These articles are primarily about Wake Forest University:

Improved College Admissions Without SATs: A Wake Forest professor defends his school's decision to end SAT requirements against a Pope Center article. (July 20, 2008)

Dumping SATs is Political, Not Practical: The Pope Center's Jay Schalin defends an article against a professor's critique. (July 20, 2008)

Class Warfare Comes to College Admissions: Wake Forest’s decision to end the admissions requirement for SAT tests is more political than practical.  (July 1, 2008)

Legal Education in North Carolina: A Report for Potential Students, Lawmakers, and the Public (February 25, 2008)

Albright, Powell highlight N.C.graduation speakers: Two War on Terrorism leaders to speak (May 10, 2004)

These articles mention Wake Forest University:

The End of Summer Reading?: Disenchantment with freshman reading sets in across North Carolina. (June 30, 2013)

A Refreshing Commencement Season: This year's addresses in North Carolina colleges and universities featured big names but few politicians. (May 19, 2013)

Can English Majors Find Jobs?: A conference at Wake ForestUniversity promoted study of the liberal arts and helping graduates obtain employment. (May 6, 2012)

How Did Your School Do?: U.S. News and Forbes disagree about North Carolina's colleges, and we have another recommendation (September 29, 2011)

Out of School and Into the Red: Debt-to-salary ratios reveal which North Carolina schools give students a good payback. (September 2, 2011)

The Talk on Campus: A semester's worth of public lectures at North Carolina universities reveals the focus of academia. (May 27, 2011)

Subdued Beginnings: The times are somber and the commencement speakers are serious. (May 15, 2011)

The Winners Are...Democrats!: The Pope Center's College Finder project reveals that the faculty at North Carolina colleges are mostly Democrats. (April 8, 2011)

How Does Your University Measure Up?: The Pope Center and ACTA examine the state of general education at colleges and universities in North Carolina. (February 24, 2011)

The Truth about Campus Crime: In spite of the headlines, campuses are generally safe; watch out for the neighborhood, though. (December 6, 2010)

In Defense of Pervasive Sectarianism: A recent ruling by the North Carolina Court of Appeals places a needless burden on the state’s religiously based private colleges. (August 30, 2010)

North Carolina Bucks the Trend: While commencement speakers across the nation talked politics, North Carolina’s choices were more restrained. (May 27, 2010)

The Academic-Governmental Complex: Billions of federal dollars send too many unprepared students to college and distort scientific priorities. (March 21, 2010)

Do North Carolina Students Have Freedom of Speech? (February 17, 2010)

The Big Picture Ahead: Jane Shaw offers her top ten list of the major trends occurring in higher education. (January 1, 2010)

Democrats at the Podium: In today’s college environment, commencement speakers’ politics should come as no surprise. (May 4, 2009)

Putting the Civic Cart Before the Horse: A program encouraging students to get involved politically before they have the necessary civic knowledge misses the mark. (August 28, 2008)

Summer Reading Selections: A list of summer reading offerings at campuses across the state (July 20, 2007)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare in the English Department (September 27, 2007)

Students fight back against anti-war sentiment on campus: Many NC campus organizations get involved (November 9, 2001)