Facts and Figures about the College
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.
Here are some facts about the recent academic experience and graduation outcomes of the students of the College:
- Over 9,500 undergraduate admissions applications for the 2011-2012 academic year
- Undergraduates representing 48 states and 28 foreign countries (2011-2012)
- Of all first year students entering the fall 2011, 21.5% represented ethnic minorities
- Undergraduates may select among 35 major fields and 49 interdisciplinary and other minors
- 55% of graduating seniors (2010-2011) received degree credits abroad
- Student/faculty ratio of 10.1:1 (2011)
- Average class size in the College is 21 (2011)
- Over 90% of full time faculty hold Ph. D. or other terminal degree (2010)
- Over the past ten years, more than 800 students have collaborated with faculty in research projects funded through the University. Numerous others participate in research funded through faculty grants.
- Since 2000, students, or recent alumni, received U.S. Fulbright (67), Rhodes (5), Truman (6), British Marshall (3), Rotary Ambassadorial (16), National Science Foundation (8), Barry Goldwater (8), and Gates Cambridge (1) scholarships
- 91% of the graduating class (2010) were attending graduate or professional schools or were employed within six months of graduation
- Of the 97 seniors or recent graduates who applied to medical school, 61 were accepted and matriculated (62.8%).
- 50 seniors (91%) were accepted to ABA law Schools (2010-11), out of 55 seniors who applied to law schools