Graduate students at Wake Forest have the resources, support, and intellectual climate to prepare for a life of learning, scholarship, and service. They are members of an academic community that supports strong teaching, excellent research and scholarship, and an awareness of how each field interacts with other disciplines.
Wake Forest is ranked by several national publications as one of the nation's best private universities, and was recently chosen by U.S. News and World Report as the best of the South's regional colleges and universities. The university is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a historic city with a cultural and intellectual life remarkable for its size of 185,000.
The Graduate School is noted for its balance of teaching and research, and offers courses of study leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Wake Forest University includes the undergraduate College, which enrolls 3,700 students, along with the undergraduate School of Business and Accountancy, the Law School, the Babcock School of Management, and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
The university's general and research collections are centered in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on the Reynolda Campus, with a medical research library on the Hawthorne Campus. Departmental collections are in the graduate departments. These libraries collectively house more than one million volumes and feature an excellent rare book collection and special resources in such areas as Southern history and modern literature. The electronic catalog system supports remote literature searches.
Students whose disciplines require materials and resources to supplement those on campus have access within 100 miles to the Research Triangle Park near Raleigh and its three associated universities. Wake Forest University is linked to nine other universities (Duke University, East Carolina University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina- Asheville, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Winston-Salem State University), the Research Triangle Institute, the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Supercomputer Center by NCREN, a statewide communications network that provides readily available video conferencing and high speed computer networking among these partners. Students and faculty at Wake Forest employ the video conference facilities for collaboration with colleagues at other institutions within the state.
Winston-Salem is a congenial and stimulating place which supports the arts. Among the many events from which students and their families can choose are the programs of Winston-Salem Piedmont-Triad Symphony and Chorale, the Piedmont Chamber Singers, the Little Theatre, the Salem College School of Music, the Piedmont Opera Company, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Winston-Salem State University Lyceum Series and Diggs Gallery, the Sawtooth Gallery Center for Design, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art.
In addition to the cultural vitality of Winston-Salem, campus life of the university is enhanced by the James Ralph Scales Fine Arts Center, the Secrest Artists Series of five major concerts a year, a smaller Chamber Music Series, an excellent film series, and Student Union lectures and concerts to which all university students are admitted. Wake Forest is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and competes in Division I intercollegiate sports for men and women.
The faculty, which numbers about five hundred, is diverse and distinguished. All of the graduate faculty hold the doctorate and are active in research and scholarship. They are known for their eagerness to work with students and offer them opportunities for significant research. Graduate students at Wake Forest find congenial relationships with senior faculty who are well known in their fields and who work directly with and encourage the work of students and junior faculty.
Wake Forest College was founded in 1834 in the town of Wake Forest. The college moved in 1956 to a new campus in Winston-Salem, where its medical school, the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, had been located since 1941. The institution was renamed Wake Forest University in 1967 in keeping with the expanded offerings by the graduate and professional schools. Except for the basic medical science departments, all divisions are located on the Reynolda Campus in suburban Winston-Salem. The Hawthorne Campus--where the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University and North Carolina Baptist Hospital form the Medical Center--is near the city's downtown. The university is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Southern Universities Conference, and the Association of American Colleges.
Although the past few years have been financially difficult for many universities, Wake Forest is in the midst of an unprecedented building program and enjoying a growing endowment. The science departments have attracted increased research support during a period in which such support has been stagnant nationally. Private funds from charitable trusts, foundations, corporations, and friends have increased remarkably in the past decade. Wake Forest alumni have one of the nation's strongest and most consistent records of institutional support.
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