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Wake Forest University Overview


Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational university in North Carolina, founded in 1834. The university received its name from its original location in Wake Forest, near the state capital Raleigh. The Reynolds Campus, the university’s main campus, is located north of downtown Winston-Salem, after the university moved there in 1956.

Wake Forest CampusNorth Campus consists of the T.K. Hearn Plaza, better known as “the quad,” which holds the six upperclassmen residential buildings, the UPS Store, Subway restaurant, book/office supply store, clothing/athletic store, and Wait Chapel. Wait Chapel serves multiple functions. Its auditorium serves as an area for prayer, ceremonies, concerts, and certain guest speakers. The classrooms at Wait Chapel house the offices and classrooms for the Divinity School and the Religion Department.

South Campus is the home of Manchester Quad (formerly known as the Magnolia Quad or Mag quad). It holds freshman housing, most of the classroom buildings, the Benson Center, and the Z. Smith Reynolds Library.


Originally, Wake Forest’s athletic teams were known as the Fighting Baptists, due to its association with the Baptist Convention (from which it later separated itself). However, in 1923, after a particularly impressive win against the Duke Blue Devils, a newspaper reporter wrote that the Deacons “fought like Demons”, giving rise┬áto the current team name, the “Demon Deacons.”

Wake Forest has won a total of eight national championships in four different sports; four of these championships have come in the past six years. Wake Forest is sometimes referred to as being a part of “Tobacco Road” or the “The Big Four,” terms that refer to the four North Carolina schools that compete heatedly against each other within the ACC; these include Duke, North Carolina, and North Carolina State, as well as Wake Forest.

Greek Life

Fraternities and sororities are highly integrated to both each other and independents, socially speaking. Greek social events are generally open to all students, Greek and non-Greek. Wake Forest’s Greek life is unusual in that the Greeks do not have houses concentrated in a “Greek Row.” Instead Greeks occupy lounges and their adjoining halls of a greater building. These areas are spread out evenly across campus, with the exception of Delta Kappa Epsilon, which has its residence off campus. Wake Forest has a deferred rush process, whereby freshman rush their second semester, giving them a semester’s time to become acquainted to new friends and the school. content via wikipedia

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