“The positive relationships between faculty and students are a hallmark of the Wake Forest University education,” says Professor Sloan. “Students enjoy a suite of opportunities to embrace mentored research and learning beyond the classroom.” Indeed, the most common comment among the students we surveyed was praise for the “fantastic professors—devoted to their students, very accessible, and passionate about what they do,” according to an English major. Professors “demand a lot of work,” and classes “are not easy and good grades are tough to come by.” The small school atmosphere matched with the large school resources, and reputation are “some of the greatest aspects of Wake Forest.” “I feel that I could ask any professor I’ve had at Wake for a letter of recommendation, and they would know me personally enough to do so,” says a student. “Wake Forest is a campus where some of the most academically impressive and competitive students assemble, the community is an encouraging atmosphere evident to anyone who steps on the grounds, and the social life is unbeatable,” says a student.
The Division I athletics—perhaps you’ve heard of them?—lend Wake Forest a “big-school sports feel at a small school”; and many students play intramural sports or exercise fairly regularly. While Greek life is highly visible here, there are also organizations like the Student Union that “promote other fun aspects of campus life (i.e. Movie nights, guest speakers, campus carnivals, etc.)."