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Rank: 91

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NCwww.wfu.edu
Wake Forest University, known by those who go there as "Work Forest," is a private liberal arts college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Classes are difficult but small, allowing the school's some 5,000 undergrads to have one-on-one interaction with their professors, if they choose to do so. Students say their profs are accessible and willing to go out of their way to help. A lush green landscape and stately brick buildings provide the backdrop for a mostly homogeneous, upper-middle-class student body. The aesthetic is preppy and conservative Southern country club, but you can bet the students at Wake know how to shake it up. Nearly half of the undergrads go Greek, although fraternity parties are open to all students. "Wake Wednesdays" are the big weeknights to go out, either to a frat house or for a change of scenery, a local bar such as the popular Opera House. Most students love the Old Black and Gold, even if they say they live in a "Wake Bubble." Wake Forest's graduation rate of 88% is 11% higher than universities with similar student demographics, according to MONEY's analysis. Its recent graduates make a median income of $56,000, which is 9% higher than students at similar schools.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$70,800
% of students who get any grants
49%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$25,600
Average price for low-income students
$10,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
30%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
5,068
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
9%
Average merit grant
$12,582
student success
Graduation rate
88%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$23,000
Average salary within 3 years
$56,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
40%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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