Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University offers a well rounded, challenging liberal arts education on a beautiful campus located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Known as the City of Arts and Innovation, the downtown is just 3 miles from campus, with tons of galleries, shops, restaurants and performance spaces. Winston-Salem is in the Piedmont Triad of N.C., with Raleigh 2 hours away and Charlotte a 90-minute drive.

Visitor Information: Tour Wake Forest

Stay: You’ll feel like you’re at a grand estate rather than a hotel arriving at the Graylyn, on the Wake campus.  This historic home, now owned and operated by the University, sits on 55 acres, yet is just a few minutes from downtown Winston-Salem. Prefer to stay right in town? Two good options are the Brookstown Inn or the Marriott on Cherry.

Coffee: Pastries are made fresh every morning at Camino Bakery to go with your local Krankies’ Railhead espresso. Or go to the source—Krankies has a downtown location and a popular airstream located on Reynolda road.

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Breakfast: Order some biscuits and gravy, the egg or homefry scrambles, build your own benedict or the cinnamon swirl French toast at Mary’s Gourmet Diner, also known as Breakfast, of course, to fortify you before the college tour. Midtown Café and Dessertery is another good choice to start the day.

Lunch: Classic American fare is the attraction at Village Tavern in Reynolda Village, a popular local hangout for visiting families. The Tavern is known for its excellent Sunday brunch, perfect if you’re visiting over a weekend. Sit out on the patio at Silo serving, local, farm to table tapas, salads, paninis and wraps. Diolis Italian Market and Willows are other good downtown options.



Casual: Mozelle’s is the must-go when in Winston-Salem. Fried chicken, shrimp and grits, tomato pie—it’s southern cooking at it’s best. (Also good for lunch or weekend brunch) Sixth and Vine is a wine bar with an eclectic menu, funky décor and a nice patio to enjoy tapas and flatbreads.


A Step Up: Spring House has a killer menu and a setting to match, housed in a historic residence. Reserve at Bernardin's started by 2 brothers, serves American French fare with specialties such as the Goat Cheese tart. Students like to take their parents to Ryan's serving steak and seafood.

Local Attractions: Stroll Reynolda House and Gardens, and visit Reynolda Village, all adjacent to campus and all thanks to the legacy of R. J. Reynolds of the Reynolds Tobacco Company. Glimpse the early history of Salem-Winston in the Old Salem Historic district, a living history museum. Art lovers should head to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, known as SECCA (admission is free.)


I love the small community feel of Wake, I always see at least a few people I know walking to class. Greek life at Wake is huge, 60% of the student body is involved, which makes the campus feel even smaller, which I love.
— Laura
Wake is the perfect mixture of work hard, play hard. Throughout the week, students are very focused and diligent, as the workload is intense, but come Friday night, people are excited to go out and have fun.
— Nick





Demon Deacon

School Colors

Black & Old Gold

Acceptance Rate

28% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision









Admissions Office

PO Box 7305
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7305

(p) (336) 758-5201
(f) (336) 758-4324

Martha Allman, Director of Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Arnold Palmer
Tim Duncan
Chris Paul

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