At the heart of Wake Forest University is the College’s rich liberal arts core. Surrounding the college are the graduate and professional schools, each with its own distinctive program. Wake Forest functions as a Collegiate University, a community where scholars, both faculty and students, habitually cross the boundaries of their particular disciplines, schools, and programs to engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary work.
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Wake Forest College stands as the cornerstone of Wake Forest University. It is a distinctive academic institution that values and maintains the liberal arts tradition within the context of an internationally recognized research university. The College embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, valuing exceptional teaching; a commitment to outstanding and innovative research, discovery, performance, and creative activities; and personal academic interaction between students and faculty both in and out of the classroom.
Wake Forest College began as a manual labor institute in 1834, with an initial class of just 16 young men. Today, 177 years later, over 4600 undergraduates and a faculty of over 450 comprise the cornerstone of our collegiate university, Wake Forest College. Wake Forest remains dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of education and to preparing our students for life in a challenging, global environment.
Wake Forest Institute was founded in 1834 and opened its doors on February 3 with Dr. Samuel Wait as principal. Classes were first held in a farmhouse in Wake County, North Carolina, near which the village of Wake Forest later developed. It was re-chartered in 1838 as Wake Forest College. Today, Wake Forest College, located in Winston-Salem NC, is the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences school of Wake Forest University.