What was your experience like at Wake Forest University?

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There are a few online review sites which gather information on student experiences. These are especially helpful when it's hard to get in touch with alumni and currently enrolled students.

Here are some reviews of this school, as well as some links to sites where you can read more statements from alumni and students. These reviews should help paint a picture of what going to this school might be like.

"Wake Forest is a very special place. It takes you to the edge of your academic sanity and constantly challenges you to pick yourself up after being humbled by loads of reading, hard tests, a quick-paced social life, and the demand of copious student organization involvements. I hated it at times, but now that I'm out I'm far more prepared for the real world than some of my peers at other Universities, I have little doubt. Bottom line: There are very talented, bright, and motivated individuals. If you can roll with the crowd and have a passion to be the best you can be then this is the place for you. If not, save yourself the tuition money and go to Carolina." (Read more reviews of this school on StudentsReview.com.)

"Work Forest: work hard, play hard. Admittedly, I was intimidated by this play on words as an incoming Freshman. However, from my experience, I've found that professors' willingness to invest in students often counteracts the somewhat daunting work load characteristic of a "Top 25" university. It's not uncommon for professors to invite students into their homes for dinner. My professors know my name and care whether or not I participate in class--especially as an English major. Even my "pre-med" friends, who have larger, lecture-style classes, value their one-on-one relationships with professors as an essential part of class--which also speaks to the difficulty and demand of the pre-med track. As far as I can tell, pre-med students, as well as Calloway Business School students, study more than anyone else on campus. These departments are especially geared towards getting jobs whereas I find that humanities departments are geared more towards learning for learning's sake.

However, regardless of department, students are competitive. We are also required to dabble in all areas of academics thanks to a liberal arts curriculum. For this reason, I've taken unexpectedly unique classes such as my freshman seminar, Life Perspectives. Based on psychology, this class revolved around a variety of books and memoirs that express different world views. The class was made up of all types of majors and backgrounds but proved driven by the same Wake academic spirit of eager discussion and desire to place learning in the larger context of life. At Work Forest, this learning spirit is summed up in our mission: Pro Humanitate--for humanity." (Read more reviews of this school on Unigo.com.)

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