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Wake Forest University is among a small, elite group of American colleges and universities recognized for their outstanding academic quality. In this group, some schools offer intimate classes taught by full-time faculty -- not graduate assistants; an undergraduate enrollment of 4,000 or less; need-blind admissions; big-time athletic programs; and supportive alumni networks. Some schools offer joint research projects between undergraduate students and faculty, nationally-ranked graduate programs and worldwide study-abroad programs. Only Wake Forest brings together all of these qualities to offer a liberal arts education that is greater than the sum of its parts.    

Steeped in a rich history and tradition, Wake Forest is a private university with two campuses in Winston-Salem. The Reynolda Campus is home to the undergraduate College, the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, the Babcock Graduate School of Management and the Divinity School.  The Bowman Gray Campus is home to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

A leader among American educational institutions, Wake Forest has annually received recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 30 schools in the nation. Barron's Guide to the Most Competitive Schools has also ranked Wake Forest among the nation's 52 best public and private universities, one of just nine in the South. The Princeton Review lauds Wake Forest for excellence in academics and high student quality of life.

Exciting things took place on the Reynolda Campus during the 2001-02 academic year. The first class of the Wake Forest Divinity School graduated in May.  The twenty men and women, ranging in age from 21 to 65, and representing a wide array of Protestant denominations, reflected the school's decision to be Christian by tradition, ecumenical in outlook, Baptist in heritage. While some pursued careers in parish ministry, others are working in social agencies or acting as chaplains in hospitals or retirement communities.

The Kenneth D. Miller Center, formerly the Student-Athlete Enhancement Center, opened to provide academic services for student-athletes. It also features a state-of-the-art fitness center open to the entire Reynolda Campus community, with average use by over 500 students and faculty per day. The 65,000-square-foot Miller Center significantly expanded space for athletic academic services and for the student-athlete community outreach program, BALANCE. The Dave Budd Gymnasium, within the Miller Center, is a fabulous practice facility for the men's and women's basketball teams.

Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, became an affiliate of Wake Forest University.  Reynolda House was originally built as the early 20th century home of R. J. Reynolds, founder of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., and his wife, Katharine Smith Reynolds.  It is now home to a collection of American art dating from the mid-18th century that includes works by many of the nation's most distinguished artists, such as Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, Frederic E. Church, John Singleton Copley, Stuart Davis, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Gilbert Stuart and Grant Wood.  The collection has been described by preeminent art scholar John Wilmerding, of Princeton University, as the finest concentration of American art in a public collection south of Washington (D.C.).

The Calloway School of Business and Accountancy began construction on a project to add 50,000 square feet to Calloway Hall.  The three-story project will be named after the F.M. Kirby Foundation, which donated $5 million for the addition. It will include classroom and office space, and breakout space for group meetings, as well as an entrepreneurial incubator -- a special center designed for entrepreneurial business study. The expansion will allow the Calloway School, Wake Forest's largest undergraduate program, to exist in its own space for the first time. The addition will open for the fall 2003 semester.
In the 2002-03 year, Wake Forest will establish a center for vocational exploration for undergraduate students. The University received a $1.9 million grant from the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis that will support the opening of the Pro Humanitate Center, named for the University's motto, which means for the good of humanity. The Pro Humanitate Center will offer a variety of programs encouraging students to explore the nature of vocation as they consider possible careers, including the ministry. Seminars and workshops will stress the importance of values, spirituality and traditions in professional life.

A major, ongoing initiative on campus is "Honoring the Promise," the University's capital campaign. The original goal for the campaign was $450 million; however, due to the success of the campaign to date, the goal was raised to $600 million.  The capital campaign is focused on increasing endowment for students and faculty. Money raised for endowed financial aid will reaffirm Wake Forest's commitment to its historical constituency -- middle-class students, first-generation college students and those from rural areas -- and its need-blind admissions policy.

Gifts for endowed faculty support will help attract, retain and reward teacher-scholars, increase existing faculty salaries, recognize exceptional young and senior-level faculty and offer additional professional development activities. Ongoing support of the University's annual funds -- the College Fund, Calloway Fund, Law Fund, Babcock Fund, Divinity Fund and the Medical Alumni Association Annual Fund -- continues to come in the form of unrestricted gifts.

A strong network of supporters is one way Wake Forest is able to continue to combine the best aspects of a liberal arts college -- access to professors, individualized attention, a strong sense of community -- with the technological resources and state-of-the-art facilities of a large university. With a 10 to 1 undergraduate student/faculty ratio, Wake Forest's focus on one-to-one relationships between faculty and students continues. With the exception of one-credit health classes and some labs, all classes are taught by university faculty, not graduate students.

Wake Forest students have received international recognition for prestigious academic achievement. In the last academic year two students won the Fulbright Award, one won the Truman Scholarship, and another won a Goldwater Scholarship. Seven students have received the Rhodes award in the past 15 years. Students have also won Marshall Scholarships and fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.

In addition to first-class academics, Wake Forest offers endless opportunities for students and faculty to participate in social and service activities. While much of their learning takes place on Wake Forest's campus, many students also make the world their classroom. More than 1,100 students regularly volunteer with the university's Volunteer Service Corps (VSC). One popular VSC program is Project Pumpkin, which brings local disadvantaged children to campus to trick-or-treat in residence halls along University Plaza. Since 1988, more than 35 social service agencies have referred children for the project, including the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs, the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem and Hispanic Outreach.

The University's commitment to public service is expanding with the help of a $384,000 grant received in 2001. The new Pro Humanitate Fund for Service-Learning in Action is helping more faculty integrate community service into their courses. The program is building on the success of the Academic and Community Engagement (ACE) Fellowship program, which introduces selected faculty to service-learning techniques so they can include community service as part of their course requirements.  Approximately 30 faculty are incorporating service into their teaching.  The Fund has also created the Pro Humanitate Scholars program, which allows a select group of student and faculty service-learning partnerships to embark on summer projects linking academics and volunteerism.

Wake Forest students already volunteer all over the world each year. Approximately 45 students and five faculty/staff members participate in annual international service programs like City of Joy in Calcutta, India; HOPE in Honduras; Casa de Caridad in Mexico City, and at a youth refugee home in Tbilisi, Georgia, in Eastern Europe.

Wake Forest also offers extensive traditional study abroad programs. About 50 percent of graduating seniors have studied outside the United States. Many study at the university's international residential centers - Flow House in Vienna, Casa Artom in Venice and Worrell House in London. Others travel to Benin, Mexico, Cuba, Japan, Russia, Spain and France.

Numerous opportunities for personal growth are found on campus through more than 60 student organizations. From academic achievement to social development and spiritual growth, Wake Forest University offers a unique college experience. Students find outstanding academic programs, sophisticated computing and networking technology, intimate class settings, a strong sense of community and active social life. They experience an ethically informed education of the whole person inspired by religious heritage, volunteer service and honor codes. Only at Wake Forest can they find it all.

Wake Forest Quick Facts

Location: Winston-Salem, NC

Founded: 1834, Wake Forest, NC

Status: Private, coeducational

Motto: "Pro Humanitate" (for humanity)

Team Nickname: Demon Deacons

Athletic Conference: ACC

Fight Song: "O Here's To Wake Forest."

Alma Mater: "Dear Old Wake Forest."

School Colors: Old Gold and Black

Undergraduate Tuition (2002-03): $24,750

Enrollment (2002-03) Undergraduate: 4,080
 Graduate & professional: 2,229
 Allied Health: 144
 Total: 6,453

In-state/out-of state: 26%/74%

Undergraduate faculty (full-time):  357

Academic majors: 34

Library holdings: 1.5 million volumes

Endowment: 788.5 million

Student/faculty ratio: 10:1

Undergraduates receiving financial aid: 67%

What They Say About Wake Forest

Wake Forest was ranked 28th in U.S. News & World Report's 2001 guide to colleges.  The publication groups schools into categories, and ranks them by evaluating average test scores, acceptance rates, number of faculty with Ph.D.s, student/faculty ratio, academic reputation, graduation rates, and other factors.

The current edition places Wake Forest among only 52 colleges and universities in the nation, and one of just nine in the South, on their "most competitive" list.  This guide lists university key facts along with passages written Wake Forest graduates.  One writes, "I remember one evening my Italian teacher invited our class over for dinner. … In my mind, the remarkable thing about Wake Forest is that these kinds of occasions are quite common.  Part of what it means to be a Wake student is to have the opportunity to have frequent contact with your professors"

This guide, titled, "The Princeton Review: The Best 331 Colleges," lauds Wake Forest for excellence in academics and high student quality of life.  The guide ranks Wake Forest students among the highest in the nation for the number of hours spent studying outside of class.  It also ranks Wake Forest as having one of the highest participation rates in campus intramural sports.

In the 2000 Fiske Guide to Colleges, Wake Forest receives high ratings for academics, faculty accessibility, use of technology, and quality of life.  The guide does not rank schools, but instead, presents university-provided statistics and information along with quotes from student surveys.  "I still haven't figured out when professors do their research - all are published authors and research professors, yet they are always in their offices, willing to help or simply chat with students," one Wake Forest student wrote.

Yahoo! Internet Life magazine ranked Wake Forest 19th among universities in its 2000 annual survey of "America's 100 Most Wired Colleges."


The Wake Forest University athletics program has long been recognized not only for its athletic achievements, but also for the outstanding academic achievements of the program's student-athletes.
Such impressive achievements do not come easily or without tremendous support from the athletic department, where a staff of highly committed people in the area of academic counseling play a significant role in the academic progress and ultimate reward, a degree.
The very capable director of Wake Forest's Academic Counseling program is Dwight Lewis, who joined the University in the fall of 2000.  He replaced Doug Bland who, after serving as the director of the program for 12 years, is now an Associate Athletic Director for Administration.
Along with his staff, Lewis administers academic assistance, advice and counseling to the more than 300 student-athletes who play varsity sports at the university.
In addition to the academic responsibilities Lewis and his staff undertake, they will take on the administration and development of the CHAMPS program, helping Wake Forest student-athletes to fulfill not only the University's rigorous academic commitments, but also commitments to personal development and service to the community.
"At Wake Forest, students have the opportunity to receive a rich educational experience that will provide them with a foundation for future success, and we're excited to help them develop and grow," Lewis said.
Their headquarters is in the new 50,000 square foot Miller Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement. 
The facility includes computer labs, private study carrels, work areas for individual and small group tutorial sessions, and larger conference rooms. 
The facility enables all the Demon Deacons to give their best effort in the classroom just as they do on the field.
"As we move forward, we will continue to provide our student-athletes with the support and encouragement they need," Lewis said.

The Miller Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement
The most recent addition to the Demon Deacon athletic complex is the Miller Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement, a 50,000 square foot facility which was completed in the fall of 2001. Crowning the east end of Kentner Stadium, the facility houses a new 15,000 square foot Academic Services and Student-Athlete Development Hall. A practice gym and locker rooms for Wake's basketball teams are included in the building.
"I believe that the Miller Center is a move in the right direction for Wake Forest," Lewis said.  "It provides our student-athletes with one of the finest academic facilities in the nation. 
"Our staff wants to make sure that Wake Forest student-athletes continue to have a comfortable place where they can get the assistance they need to continue their academic success. The Miller Center reinforces our commitment to providing facilities that all of student-athletes need in order to be their best in the classroom as well as on the playing field."

WFU's Nationally-Ranked Academic Programs
* The Calloway School of Business is ranked among the top 10 percent of undergraduate business programs in the United States. 
* Students in the accounting program, which ranks among the top 20 programs in the nation, have scored the highest passing rate in the country on the CPA exam for two consecutive years.  The Calloway School is ranked 28th in U.S. News and World Report.
* The medical school was in the top 50 by U.S. News and World Report.
* The Wall Street Journal ranked Wake Forest's graduate business school No. 11 overall, the highest ranked school in the Southeast.

Community Outreach
Student-athletes at Wake Forest University have necessarily full calendars: classes, labs and study groups, plus practices, workouts and team meetings. Nonetheless, most Demon Deacons find time in their schedules to reach out to their community and prepare for life after their careers at Wake Forest.

CHAMPS/Life Skills
CHAMPS (CHallenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success) was implemented in NCAA institutions beginning in 1994. The CHAMPS/Life Skills program was created to improve and enhance the student-athlete experience within their selected university.  The program was founded at Wake Forest University in 1995 and is now under the guidance of Coordinator Julie Griffin.
"The purpose of CHAMPS/Life Skills is to prepare student-athletes for life after athletics," says Lewis. "In doing so, they are realizing that they are more than just student-athletes. They can have a positive impact on the community and the world, if they so choose."
The CHAMPS/Life Skills program has five commitments for the establishment of a well-rounded student-athlete.  Those commitments include academics, athletics, career development, personal development, and community service. It is through those five areas that the program works to develop not only quality student-athletes, but also exceptional individuals.
Approximately three out of five student-athletes contribute their time to impacting the lives of Winston-Salem youth.  For 14 years, the Santa's Helper program - created by former Deacon football player Chip Rives - has arranged for a visit from Santa (our student-athletes dressed up in a Santa suit) to underprivileged children in the Winston-Salem area.  For the last 10 years, student-athletes have volunteered one hour a week each semester to become a friend and a mentor to local elementary school students.  Student-athletes also participate in nighttime tutoring at a local recreation center and volunteer at a school for disabled children.  Several student-athletes also provide tutoring that involves an eight-week commitment to at-risk students in nearby elementary schools.
Another successful program instituted four years ago is "Eat with the Deacs."  Middle school youngsters visit Wake Forest for a tour of the campus, attend a team practice in the sport of their choosing, and then have dinner with Demon Deacon student-athletes in the campus cafeteria.  The CHAMPS Speakers Bureau increases the positive impression children have of our student-athletes as they spread the message of being the best they can be.
The student-athletes involved with the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program also assist with existing programs on campus such as Wake Forest's Project Pumpkin, Special Olympics and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Track/Field Day.

Student-Athlete Advisory Council
CHAMPS offers student-athletes the opportunity to enhance their experience as Demon Deacons through leadership opportunities. CHAMPS has a Student-Athlete Advisory Council that meets once a month to discuss issues dealing with the student-athletes welfare.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Council is a representative body of every varsity sport at Wake Forest University.  Each team is guaranteed two seats on the Council, except for football that is allowed three representatives.  The Council is governed by a Constitution and is student-athlete led.  The Council has four active committees that plan activities, career seminars, speakers, self-development workshops and other events of the benefit of all student-athletes.
Involvement in the CHAMPS/Life Skills program is voluntary, yet each year over 200 student-athletes participate. In 2001-2002, CHAMPS/Life Skills members volunteered nearly 2,000 hours, reaching 10,000 children, tutoring for over 1,050 hours and bringing over 2,500 children to Wake Forest events.
"We've been fortunate," says Lewis, "that we have quality people who come to Wake Forest to excel in academics and athletics, but they realize that they can do more. With all that we ask of them, they still look to help others. Everything we do is voluntary, and the student-athletes truly have the power to decide what programs we undertake.
"The commitment, talent and humility of our student-athletes never ceases to amaze me," says Lewis. "Their involvement is so important, both for them and for those that they serve. They have taken pride in what they've accomplished through giving of themselves and the huge impact they've made on the community through the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program."