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Wake Forest University

The Inauguration of Nathan O. Hatch

About Wake Forest

Founded in 1834 by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Wake Forest has been self-governing since 1986. This institution is distinguished by its small size, a commitment to liberal arts education, a dedication to the values rooted in its religious heritage, and the centrality of the undergraduate College to its mission.

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Undergraduate enrollment is about 4,000; an additional 2,400 students are enrolled in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, the Babcock Graduate School of Management, and the Divinity School on the Reynolda Campus, and in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine on the Bowman Gray campus near downtown Winston-Salem.

Students are supported in their quest for knowledge by a rigorous curriculum, small classes, a low student/faculty ratio (currently at 10:1), expansive resources, cutting-edge technology, and opportunities for study abroad. Eleven Wake Forest students have been named Rhodes Scholars since 1986.

In the spirit of its motto of Pro Humanitate, Wake Forest encourages civic responsibility and volunteerism. The University's extensive scholarship program recognizes not only talent within the classroom but also excellence in areas such as volunteerism, leadership, and the arts. Wake Forest continues to maintain a need-blind admissions policy; qualified students are admitted regardless of their financial circumstances.

More than fifty percent of the student body spends a semester abroad at University-owned houses in London, Venice, or Vienna, or in programs offered at universities in France, Spain, Japan, and Cuba.

One of the University's greatest assets is gifted, dedicated teacher-scholars. With a full-time faculty of approximately 400 in the College, Wake Forest maintains its high academic standards by assuring that undergraduate classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants. Students often have the opportunity to participate in research projects with faculty mentors.

A building program in the early 1990s dramatically increased classroom and student activity space with the opening of the Worrell Professional Center for Law and Management, the Benson University Center, the Olin Physical Laboratory, and the Edwin G. Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. A second phase of construction in the late 1990s added an Information Systems Building, two residence halls, additional space for the new Divinity School, and Greene Hall, which houses psychology, Romance languages, and Russian and German. In 2004, Kirby Hall was dedicated, a 57,000-square-foot addition to the newly named Calloway Center for Business, Mathematics, and Computer Science, which also consists of Manchester Hall, home to the math and computer science departments.

The Plan for the Class of 2000, adopted in 1996 and now called the Undergraduate Plan, strengthened educational offerings by increasing the number of faculty and course offerings, providing additional scholarships, instituting first-year seminars, and providing laptop computers for every student.

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