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IPEDS ID: 199847
OPE ID: 00297800
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Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27106
General information:  (336) 758-5000
Website:  www.wfu.edu/
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  8,789 (5,441 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  11 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
10%
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Distance education – undergraduate courses offered, programs not offered
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2020Full timePart time
Total faculty2,150356
Instructional1,919339
Research and public service23117
Total graduate assistants-509
Instructional-221
Research-288
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
Tuition and fees$51,400$53,322$55,440$57,7604.2%
Books and supplies$1,404$1,500$1,500$1,5000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,926$14,416$15,018$15,5203.3%
Other$2,400$2,400$2,400$2,4984.1%
Off Campus
Room and board$13,926$14,416$15,018$15,5203.3%
Other$2,400$2,400$2,400$2,4984.1%
Off Campus with Family
Other$1,770$1,770$1,770$1,8303.4%
Total Expenses2017-20182018-20192019-20202020-2021% change 2019-2020 to 2020-2021
On Campus$69,130$71,638$74,358$77,2783.9%
Off Campus$69,130$71,638$74,358$77,2783.9%
Off Campus with Family$54,574$56,592$58,710$61,0904.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2020-2021
Tuition$38,650
Fees$566
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2019-2020
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid159344%————
Grant or scholarship aid46434%$22,194,015$47,832
Federal grants1249%$750,583$6,053
Pell grants1158%$565,303$4,916
Other federal grants1048%$185,280$1,782
State/local government grant or scholarships534%$290,648$5,484
Institutional grants or scholarships46134%$21,152,784$45,885
Student loan aid24418%$3,128,333$12,821
Federal student loans23217%$1,169,705$5,042
Other student loans564%$1,958,628$34,976
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,539$96,176,673$37,880
Pell grants488$2,322,798$4,760
Federal student loans1,042$6,390,406$6,133
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2017-20182018-20192019-2020
Average net price$27,354$24,800$26,324
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2017-20182018-20192019-2020
$0 – $30,000$8,349$5,250$10,401
$30,001 – $48,000$13,837$5,981$5,612
$48,001 – $75,000$19,650$12,004$10,228
$75,001 – $110,000$24,987$23,550$24,718
$110,001 and more$47,934$50,359$52,236
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2020
Total enrollment8,789
Undergraduate enrollment5,441
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment19
Graduate enrollment3,348
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 99%
Part-time: 1%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 46%
Female: 54%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 69%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 9%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 100%
25 and over: 0%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 17%
Out-of-state: 74%
Foreign countries: 9%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2019.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 80%
Part-time: 20%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 11%
Enrolled in some distance education: 88%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 2%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 24%
Enrolled in some distance education: 43%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 33%
Undergraduate application fee (2020-2021): $65
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2020
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants11,9595,1386,821
Percent admitted32%33%31%
Percent admitted who enrolled38%37%38%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 95%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 and Returned in Fall 2020
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 99 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2020.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 89%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 85%
6-year: 89%
8-year: 89%
[Began in Fall 2014]
4-year: 85%
6-year: 89%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2012 or Fall 2014
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 86%
Female: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 90%
Black or African American: 81%
Hispanic/Latino: 87%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 89%
Two or more races: 83%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 83%
Non-resident alien: 91%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 89%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 9%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 85%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 10%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 89%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 9%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 91%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 4%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 90%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 5%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2012-13
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 50%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 50%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2019-2020
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies
French Studies4---
German Studies0---
Women's Studies3---
Category total7---
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology16-0-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General9425-
Biomedical Sciences, General-55--
Biophysics1---
Molecular Biology-04-
Molecular Genetics--2-
Neuroscience-172-
Oncology and Cancer Biology--2-
Physiology, General--3-
Category total1117418-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting42121--
Business Administration and Management, General-245--
Business/Commerce, General112---
Finance, General108---
Management Science3094--
Category total292460--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General10012--
Category total10012--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science309--
Category total309--
Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-97--
Elementary Education and Teaching10---
Secondary Education and Teaching-11--
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other-7--
Category total10115--
Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-68-
Engineering, General0---
Category total068-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General415--
Category total415--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature0---
Chinese Language and Literature1---
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General4---
German Language and Literature1---
Japanese Language and Literature0---
Language Interpretation and Translation-11--
Latin Language and Literature1---
Russian Language and Literature1---
Spanish Language and Literature4---
Category total1211--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Bioethics/Medical Ethics-8-0
Medicine--115-
Nurse Anesthetist-24--
Physician Assistant-84--
Public Health, General-6--
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-7--
Category total-1291150
History
History, General26---
Category total26---
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General-3141
Law--151-
Programs for Foreign Lawyers-16--
Category total-471551
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies6---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-11--
Category total611--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematical Statistics and Probability256--
Mathematics, General2811--
Category total5317--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Sustainability Studies-10-0
Category total-10-0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology
Exercise Science and Kinesiology707--
Category total707--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy23---
Religion/Religious Studies43--
Category total273--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General2703-
Physics, General601-
Category total3304-
Psychology
Psychology, General827--
Category total827--
Social Sciences
Anthropology, General15---
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics18---
Economics, General105---
Political Science and Government, General129---
Sociology, General42---
Category total309---
Theology and Religious Vocations
Divinity/Ministry-34--
Category total-34--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation9---
Documentary Production-0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General5---
Fine/Studio Arts, General2---
Music History, Literature, and Theory1---
Music Performance, General0---
Category total170--
Grand total1,2269573001
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2019-2020
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 41
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 46
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $23,517
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $24,260
2019-2020 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-FBSMenWomen
All Track Combined7395
Baseball36
Basketball1714
Field Hockey23
Football125
Golf118
Soccer2929
Tennis1810
Volleyball19
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on CollegesAccredited since (01/01/1921)12/08/2026
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schoolsAccredited since ((!)01/01/1936)08/31/2025
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theologyAccredited since (01/01/2005)07/31/2030
Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levelsAccredited since ((!)05/30/2014)10/31/2025
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degreeAccredited since (07/01/1942)06/30/2024
 No Longer Recognized  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schoolsAccredited since (01/01/1991)6/20/2015
Internship/Residency
Accreditor / Program / DepartmentStatusNext Review Date
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
Post Doctoral - Advanced dental education programs (advanced education in general dentistry and general practice residency) General Practice - School of MedicineAccredited since (12/04/1980)TBD
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programsPreaccredited (04/07/2019 - 04/11/2021)
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programsAccredited since (04/11/2021)12/31/2024
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/134291.
On-Campus
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter001
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape3713
d. Fondling312
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery100
h. Aggravated assault201
i. Burglary251010
j. Motor vehicle theft1162
k. Arson010
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence010
b. Dating violence241
c. Stalking611
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations178
c. Liquor law violations3146
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.011
b. Drug abuse violations553777
c. Liquor law violations441372567
On-Campus Student Housing Facilities
  • On-campus Student Housing Facilities statistics are a subset of On-Campus statistics.
Criminal Offenses201620172018
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Rape2713
d. Fondling312
e. Incest000
f. Statutory Rape000
g. Robbery000
h. Aggravated assault000
i. Burglary1068
j. Motor vehicle theft000
k. Arson010
VAWA Offenses201620172018
a. Domestic violence000
b. Dating violence030
c. Stalking200
Arrests201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.000
b. Drug abuse violations155
c. Liquor law violations064
Disciplinary Actions201620172018
a. Weapons: carrying, possessing, etc.011
b. Drug abuse violations363459
c. Liquor law violations400339526
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • The crime statistics displayed only includes On-Campus data associated with the main campus as listed on College Navigator. For statistics associated with each campus location, off campus data, and for additional information covering Hate Crimes, and Fire statistics see https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety.
  • The On-Campus data do not include incidents that: (a) took place on public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus; (b) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) took place on any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201820172016
Default rate0.6%1.6%1.4%
Number in default82117
Number in repayment1,1861,2461,197
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)