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Wake Forest University
|Wake Forest University|
|School colors||Gold and Black|
Cost of attendance (2003):
|Graduate school and|
|SAT Bottom quartile:||1250|
|SAT Top quartile:||1370|
Source: Wake Forest Student Bulletin, Fall 2003
The Wake Forest University campus is located north of downtown Winston-Salem, roughly at the juncture of Polo Road to the north and University Parkway to the east.
Bachelors, master's, and doctoral programs are offered through the Babcock Graduate School of Management, the Divinity School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Law, School of Medicine, and the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy.
The university first opened February 3, 1834 by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina as the Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute; it was located in its namesake town of Wake Forest. In 1838, it was renamed to Wake Forest College. In 1894, the School of Law was established, followed by the School of Medicine in 1902. The university held its first summer session in 1921.
The School of Medicine moved to Winston-Salem in 1941 and became the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. The following year, 1942, Wake Forest admitted its first women undergraduate students. In 1956, as a result of large endowments from the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation , the rest of the college also moved to Winston-Salem. A graduate studies program was inagurated in 1961, and in 1967 the school became the fully accredited Wake Forest University. The Babcock Graduate School of Management was established in 1969.
For the academic years starting between 1971 to 1980, Wake Forest adopted a "4-1-4" calendar with four courses each in the autumn and spring as well as a "January term," with students initially selecting a one-month class of intensive study, sometimes with overseas and other off-campus locations. The scheduling was later modified by setting up a spring semester with four, eleven, and fifteen-week courses available. The university reverted to a conventional schedule in the academic year beginning in 1981.
The James R Scales Fine Arts Center opened in 1979. In 1995, the business school was renamed to the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancty, while in 1997 the medical school was renamed to the Wake Forest School of Medicine.
The current President of the university is Dr. Nathan O. Hatch.
Originally the Wake Forest team was known as the Deacons. However, in 1941, after a particularly good win against the Duke Blue Devils, a newspaper reporter wrote that the Deacons "fought like Demons," giving rise to the current team name, the "Demon Deacons."
The Demon Deacons participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football) and in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Recent athletic honors include winning the regular-season ACC basketball championship in 2003 under the leadership of forward Josh Howard.
Wake Forest is generally regarded as a competitive basketball team, one that often qualifies for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (20 times in the school's history). They reached the Final Four once, in 1962. They began the 2004 season ranked number one in the country. The school's most famous basketball alumni are Billy Packer, a guard on the 1962 Final Four team who became far more famous as a basketball broadcaster, and current NBA superstar and two-time league MVP Tim Duncan.
Their football team is historically poor, though in the early 2000's they achieved moderate success and attended bowl games. Of all schools that play Division I-A football, only Rice and Tulsa have smaller undergraduate enrollments.
Both the current head basketball coach, Skip Prosser , formerly of Xavier, and football coach, Jim Grobe , were signed to huge ten-year contracts in 2003. The current Athletics Director is Ron Wellman.
Wake Forest has received some praise for its efforts in the field of technology. In 2003, The Princeton Review listed it as the number two "Most Connected Campus" in the United States. University technology programs include providing laptop computers to all undergraduate students, as well as high-speed Internet access in all dorms and most classrooms. Additionally, a wireless network is planned to launch during the fall semester of 2004.
A large hospital and medical center are also located off-campus, combining to form the largest employer in Forsyth County. The research facility is known as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and was once named after Bowman Gray .
- Tim Duncan
- Jesse Helms
- Arnold Palmer
- Robert L. Ehrlich
- Eric Miller Reeves
- Philip E. Berger
- James Forrester
- George L. Wainwright, Jr.
- Al Hunt
- Richard Burr
- Curtis Strange
- Lanny Wadkins
- Brian Piccolo
- Billy Packer
- Muggsy Bogues
- Eddie Timanus
- Wake Forest Student Handbook, Fall 2003/Spring 2004
- Wake Forest Undergraduate Bulletin, Fall 2003/Spring 2004
- Spring curriculum: Supplemental Catalog: Courses for January 1981
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