Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community polls, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

Schools Comparable to Wake Forest?

Skater GirlSkater Girl Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
What schools are comparable to Wake Forest? In terms of academics especially.
Post edited by Skater Girl on
«1

Replies to: Schools Comparable to Wake Forest?

  • gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Registered User Senior Member
    Boston College? Bucknell?
  • Here_to_HelpHere_to_Help Posts: 734Registered User Member
    William & Mary and U of R (Richmond).
    W&M is a small public that I believe has a similar feel (beyond just academics) as it concentrates on undergrad education and research. UR may be similar as well.
  • momoftwoinNCmomoftwoinNC Posts: 58Registered User Junior Member
    Furman University
  • swish14swish14 Posts: 1,325Registered User Senior Member
    Wake would be part of the Southern Ivy group.

    Duke
    William & Mary
    Davidson
    Washington & Lee
    Vanderbilt
    Rice
    Emory

    Larger similar schools would be UVirginia and UNorth Carolina
  • noobcakenoobcake Posts: 1,736Registered User Senior Member
    There is no 'Southern Ivy'
  • chocchipcookiechocchipcookie Posts: 1,964Registered User Senior Member
    There are a number of schools around the country (the south included) that are known as "New Ivies". Vanderbilt and Rice, etc. are part of the "new Ivy League". Not sure if Wake Forest has that title.
  • big dreamerbig dreamer Posts: 2,920Registered User Senior Member
    Being around Wake Forest a lot, the most comparable school to it (in the South) would be the College of Williams & Mary in my opinion. Although Winston-Salem and Williamsburg are pretty different, the schools are fairly similar in what departments they are strong in, similar feel, etc.
  • raezinraezin Posts: 198Registered User Junior Member
    I agree William & Mary is most similar with BC, I personally was admitted by both and visited their campuses.
  • 314159314159 Posts: 343Registered User Member
    Wake is definitely not comparable to Duke...
  • 1980collegegrad1980collegegrad Posts: 1,488Registered User Senior Member
    Patriot League colleges are similar in size and academics and also have division 1 sports: Colgate, Bucknell, Holy Cross, Lafayette, etc
  • SchmaltzSchmaltz Posts: 3,114- Senior Member
    Lehigh??????????
  • Cuse0507Cuse0507 Posts: 4,519Registered User Senior Member
    Wake is definitely not comparable to Duke...

    I'd argue that Wake is VERY comparable to Duke. Of course Duke is more prestigious academically, but both are small, private ACC schools located within an hour of each other. Duke and Wake have a LOT in common.
  • 314159314159 Posts: 343Registered User Member
    well the OP did ask for an academic comparison
  • hawkettehawkette Posts: 4,863Registered User Senior Member
    Just curious, but what do you mean by "academics?" Are you talking about the research reputation of the faculty? If so, look at USNWR PA scores for some general guide. But if that's what you're looking for, then Wake is not your place. To a greater degree than the vast majority of the schools in the USNWR Top 50, Wake is focused on undergraduate education and the development of its undergraduate students. They do research, but it's not their institutional priority.

    If you meant by "academics" that you are looking for a school of similar selectivity and similar feel, then I think that swish gave you some good comps, eg,

    Duke
    William & Mary
    Davidson
    Washington & Lee
    Vanderbilt
    Rice
    Emory

    All of these schools have a higher degree of interest in serving their undergraduate population than building a reputation built on research in more-prioritized graduate departments. As a result of that, probably all are underrated by USNWR due to their comparatively low PA scores.
  • gadadgadad Posts: 7,748Registered User Senior Member
    "Peer assessment" means that representatives of other "National Universities" (typically large research Us) evaluate you as their peer. Accordingly, smaller major universities with unusually undergrad-focused offerings (Wake, W&M, Rice) are IMO underestimated on PA scores.

    If you remove the PA scores from the U.S. News rankings and recalculate the schools solely on the quantitative data, Wake is tied in the rankings with Berkeley.
«1
Sign In or Register to comment.