Wake Forest University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Winston-Salem, NC

$57,760

Avg tuition

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About Wake Forest University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Wake Forest University is a mid-sized private university located on a city campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. WFU was founded in 1834, originally named Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute. The university is now home to around 8,000 students. With a strong focus on Social Science and Business Management, WFU is home to a number of other renowned programs, including Marketing and Journalism. In total, WFU has 45 undergraduate majors, 60 undergraduate minors, and 30 graduate programs. Wake Forest University currently has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,472 students. Admissions are highly competitive, with an acceptance rate of 30%. WFU has an average graduation rate of 88%, with a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Tuition and fees for students are estimated at around $55,440.

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Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

32% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

Students remain enrolled in this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This typically means students are happy with their school selection and wish to continue their education there.

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95% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

Students graduate from this school at a higher rate than other schools.

This is typically an indication of a school's quality and means most students finish their degree in a timely manner.

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89% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Not required or recommended

High school rank Required

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Recommended

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Required

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile Currently Unavailable

SAT 25th-75th Percentile Currently Unavailable

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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9k

Students enrolled

86%

Online student enrollment

11:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

On-campus Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

66%

Non-U.S. Citizen

9%

Black

8%

Hispanic

8%

Asian

5%

Two or more races

3%

Unknown

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

0%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

54%

Socio-economic diversity

8% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

9%

State Grant Aid

4%

Institution Grant Aid

34%

Pell Grant

8%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $6,053
State Grant Aid $5,484
Institution Grant Aid $45,885
Pell Grant Aid $4,760

Financial Outlook

$20k

Average student debt after graduation

$63k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.