College Freshman 2013-10-29T01:51:22Z
The think pads that the school supplies are brand new, but they are typical PCs: slow and bulky.
College Freshman 2013-10-29T01:50:15Z
I did not receive any scholarships. They are somewhat hard to obtain if you are not an athlete.
College Freshman 2013-10-29T01:49:36Z
Transportation isn't usually necessary. It is somewhat difficult to get to places like Target or the grocery store during the week, though.
College Freshman 2013-10-29T01:48:18Z
I am on an athletic team at Wake! The athletics are really fun and well run. The student-athlete privileges are awesome!
College Freshman 2013-10-29T01:46:35Z
The frat parties are very fun. It is somewhat inconvenient that they are off campus, but the pledge drivers make it easy to get to and from parties.
College Freshman 2013-10-29T01:45:34Z
Health & Safety:
Generally feel very safe on campus! I usually like to be with other people at night, though!
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-14T04:16:27Z
Wake Forest is separated from the actual city. Wake forest provides nice and safe facilities to learn. Sometimes it can get a little crowded.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-14T04:11:51Z
Wake Forest's facilities tend to vary. The more "popular" buildings are very aesthetically pleasing such as the student center and the business school. The athletic facilities are also fairly nice. Some facilities are rather outdated such as the student fitness centers.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-14T04:08:52Z
Public transportation is really nonexistent. There is a campus shuttle which runs to limited areas downtown. Most people who leave campus travel via personal cars.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T05:27:15Z
I had a fantastic experience. In some ways, I wish I had been able to be a few years younger. That's because I think Wake Forest has grown in terms of diversity-international student and First-generation college student numbers particularly-, they have added some great research and study abroad programs, worked to make Winston more appealing and build relationships with city entities, and most impressive to me has been the incredible investment in the "Career Services", officially OPCD or something like that. It looks nothing like it did when I started at Wake and everything I've seen looks like an improvement. Wake wasn't a perfect experience and I'm sure it wouldn't be today. I'll be honest, freshman year wasn't easy, particularly personally but I grew a lot through hard times. But, academically, Wake gave me a run for my money, it helped me advance myself personally and professionally at the highest levels within my interests and helped me make some of my closest friends in life-both students, staff and faculty. I could have gone to higher ranked colleges or universities but Wake had a soul and a realness about it (both good and bad) that is hard to describe but captured me when I visited and I'll never regret my decision! If you're prospective student, visit, talk to professors, staff and students and I hope you'll feel the same. Otherwise, there are lots of great schools, so I'm not saying WFU better than everyone else.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T05:15:47Z
Honestly, weather shouldn't determine your college choice. That being said, January is pretty miserable in Winston-Salem because it rains a lot and it's between 31 and 45 degrees most of the time. September can be hot and humid but, unless you are going to school in San Diego or a handful of other places, North Carolina weather has a very mild winter, lots of beautiful sunny days and during the academic calendar, the weather is mostly lovely.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T05:13:13Z
No way to be impartial here. Although some of my closest friends decided to rush 2nd semester Freshmen year or even sophomore year, it just was never my thing. There are some amazing people whom I admire deeply who join and you don't have to go crazy to rush, don't have to be southern, you won't become evil or disconnected from non-Greeks or any of the other silly stereotypes people have. But, you do have to have some disposable income, and most importantly to me, you have to want to join an exclusive group which I had no interest in doing-and honesty, I still think much of the frenzy to join comes from borderline insecurities but... that's personal conjecture. Let me be clear, there are no campus houses, and even as a non-greek guy, I could go to parties (but honestly rarely did cause I found they got old fast) and fraternize with girls and guys in the greek system as much as I wanted (which I did). I gave it a low rating cause I personally didn't enjoy it, but prospective students should just go into college and find out, hard to know otherwise. highest Greek % I looked at when looking at colleges and though it does of course affect campus culture, I loved WFU and I found like-minded people in and outside of Greek life.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T05:02:35Z
This depends heavily on what you interpret as nightlife. In terms of clubbing, there are only a few in Winston and none of them were great when I was there. Okay dancing but most of the best clubs and dancing happened in Greensboro, honestly. In terms of bar culture though, Winston has a great variety-from hole in the walls like Swaim's Grocery to WFU undergrad's #1 Finnegans, to the oldest downtown bar Rec Billiards to Med School/Law school favorite Tate's to the new District to my favorite, Single Brothers. Each has a distinct feel... and prices are decent.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T04:57:14Z
Winston-Salem is hard to just go enjoy casually like Cambridge or Charlottesville because most people in Winston have their own lives that have nothing to do with academics or tourism and are just living and working. That being said, I enrolled and freshman year Winston and Wake started to work really hard to make it more accessible. By the time I finished, they had bus shuttle services, very affordable zipcar prices and upperclassmen were starting to pay attention. Based on my last time to Trade Street, 4th street etc. downtown is no secret anymore but sadly, I would guess though still that students still use the city most when they are upperclassmen. I came from a big city, was skeptical at first but learned to really enjoy "the Dash".
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T04:51:30Z
For my friends and I personally when I went to WFU, A+. But, I do know there were students who were more involved in that scene. If you search it out, someone will find you, but it's easy to go to WFU and not be touched by it, even if you consider yourself a partier.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T04:49:01Z
In terms of socioeconomic diversity, it has grown some in the past few years, but it's not going to be amazingly diverse and it's hard to see that changing in the near future just based on private college demographics in general. In terms of ethnic, gender and religious diversity, Wake has put lots of purposeful effort into building a more open community with various centers to support individuals who feel part of a specific minority and although I think with less success they have sought diverse faculty and administrators. In terms of statistics, WFU has almost doubled many of the demographics since the mid 2000s but, existence of diversity and crosspolination between groups are separate questions. You'd have to go talk to current students personally to see if that's true, I just don't know cause I graduated a while back. On a superficial, but perhaps meaningful observation, last time I visited, I was pleasantly surprised with a much bigger variety of clothing style than before.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T04:40:31Z
Honestly, there's so many choices, it's hard to complain as long as you don't have really strict diets. The only reason I gave it a B was that for all those with particular allergies, or who follow specific religious diets, there's usually an option, but from my time there, just a handful. This could be different now and I know they have several new food options just in this year opening, but it wasn't the easiest when I was there. To be fair to WFU and any school... it's not easy after you graduate in most of America either!
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T04:37:32Z
I lived through glory Wake sports, a #1 Bball ranking, orange bowl, several national championships etc. What I enjoyed was that for the vast majority of our athletes, they are also good students who are involved in campus. My best advice, get to know as many as possible as you'll learn a ton. Glad I haven't had to watch the poor basketball crowds the last couple years but, we'll be back! It's a fun part of Wake but not all-consuming.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-15T04:35:26Z
Honestly, even on the hardest nights at the ZSR or even when I got a lower grade than I'd hoped for, I loved the academics at Wake. My professors were (I felt)-bar two in four years and 130 hours of credit-: hard-working, responsive to questions and problems, and seemed to enjoy their jobs. I don't know much about the natural sciences or business school professors but I loved my Poli Sci (now Politics and international affairs), my language professors and other electives I took. I was challenged and given grades I deserved for my work and my ability. I worked hard and was rewarded for it with post-graduate success. I think Wake blends research and learning for the sake of learning very well. I would say there are portions of the student body who saw college more as professional studies and less idealistically than I but, everyone works hard and that's their right.
College Sophomore 2013-07-11T23:23:31Z
Wake was the best decision I have ever made. The administration cares about the students, which is evident in the great lengths they go to to provide extra services and entertainment--small concerts, BBQs, movie showings, random moonbounces on the quad--it's great. Can't wait for next year.
College Sophomore 2013-07-11T23:17:51Z
Almost everyone is pre-med or looking to get into the business school. Seriously, everyone. But there are plenty of other majors for students who aren't going down either of those paths. The Career Services department is fantastic, and Wake students have significantly higher rates of getting jobs or acceptances to grad schools right out of college compared to other schools.
College Sophomore 2013-07-11T23:14:31Z
Health & Safety:
I've never felt unsafe on Wake's campus. Despite a small amount of crime in the area, the campus security worked very hard to protect students to the greatest extent.
College Sophomore 2013-07-11T23:10:41Z
Alcohol basically runs on tap, but the drug culture is pretty mild here, at least compared to my high school. If you're not looking for it, it won't find you. But don't worry, if you're not into it, no one will force you or think worse of you for it. While the school is aware of drinking and everything on campus, you won't be a happy camper if you get caught. Has a great medical amnesty policy though.
College Sophomore 2013-07-11T23:06:23Z
The main dining hall, the Pit, can be pretty hit or miss for dinner, but it rocks breakfast. I live for Saturday morning breakfast. Other restaurants include a 24 hour Subway, Starbucks, Moe's, Chick-fil-A, a salad place, a grill, a pizza/bar thing, and a sundry store. Can get a little tired eating the same food after a few months, but all in all not bad.
College Sophomore 2013-07-10T02:32:12Z
Facilities are modern and simple, everything you need and nothing you don't. This is a program for working professionals so the facilities have been tailored to their needs
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