Actually, if he's still around, ndbisme might be better for that one. I seem to recall that at one time he was interested in the business program (I think). The extent of my knowledge is that it's considered a really good program that's fairly selective. I also believe, but am not sure, that you apply for it in your second year at Wake.
I know this is a tough question to answer because it varies based on individual family circumstances, but what has been your experience with financial aid? Do you think it's pretty fair? Are they will to work with you? I know scholarships are very limited, I applied but don't think I would qualify for any. My family is middle-upper income, but can't afford $46K per year out of pocket. I really, really want to go to Wake, so I'm anxious about the financial aid package. I ran the calculators on Collegeboard website and my Federal method (FM) EFC is around $46K, while my Institution Method (IM) EFC comes in at around $36K. My understanding is that Wake is one of a small group of instutions that is need blind and uses the IM. Based on my situation do you think I have a chance for any aid besides loans? I know this may be hard to answer and I won't know for sure until I get the aid packet, but just curious about experience and perceptions from those of you that are currently attending. Also, are they will to work with you if you tell them that you really, really want to attend and can pay a substantial portion, but not the full amount?
I'm from the Northeast and have some concerns about how conservative Wake is. In many respects, Wake is the perfect school for me but I have been told by others that Wake is not particularly diverse, right-leaning and not particularly welcoming to those outside the mainstream religions. When I attended the admissions session, the student rep stated that Wake needed more religious diversity and the admissions officer kept using the word "church". I just want to make sure that I will feel comfortable there. What are your experiences?
I didn't pledge, lots of folks did, but it really isn't necessary. It is a much bigger deal for girls to pledge than guys as like 60-70% of girls are involved in Greek life. However, I might rush again and possibly pledge in the fall, it can be a rewarding experience to join a fraternity.
Well I probably consider myself also to be middle-upper income and I did get a few thousand dollars in grants and some loans, but I did not qualify for work study. The thing with Wake is that they give aid for several things:
If you are really poor/if you are really brilliant/if you are some sort of minority
If you are the average, middle class, white male (like moi) you shouldn't expect much aid, but I did get a bit. I am sure that they would be willing to work with you if you contacted them, but if you have to take loans it is no big deal. I have already taken a little bit of loans, but it is worth it.
Ehh, I'm pretty far to the left and from NJ. I'm in college democrats, and actually we do a lot on campus. Next week we are having a peace rally and an Iraq forum with several professors. We might also start a Students for Barack Obama group on campus. The professors are quite liberal too. But remember, this is conservative compared to Chapel Hill, it is still a college campus so it is liberal, it is not like Bob Jones or Liberty or BYU or anything. Def don't let this sway you decision.
I also didn't go greek. It's true that most of the girls at Wake do join a sorority, but I've never felt out of place because I'm not in one.
I'm a staunch liberal, and I haven't ever had a problem. There are definitely liberals on campus (in fairly large numbers), and like Willmingtonwave said, most professors are liberal as well. I come from a very conservative area, though, so Wake actually seems more liberal to me than home does. That said, I don't really ever hear people say that it's too conservative for them. I don't think that it's an issue for most people.
1) I have a few concerns about the diversity, or lackthereof. I am a liberal, upper-middle class caucasian Southerner. Ginnyvere's comments about liberals/conservatives on campus is nice to hear. However. I will soon graduate from a small private school with little to no diversity, so it is something I long for. To what extent to different races and classes self-segregate? How homogenous is the student body? Is political rhetoric/discussion rare?
2) Regarding the Greek scene, is hazing significant? Which fraternities have good or bad reputations?
3) Is Ultimate Frisbee big at Wake? What about debate?
I find that there's some self-segregation, but it's temporal, if that makes any sense. Everyone that I know has different groups of friends. There're my friends who are in my major, and then I've got the friends that I share extra-curricular activities with, and then there are the friends that I've lived on hall with, etc. So at different times, I hang out with different groups of my friends, and each group "looks" different. I think that it's the same way for everyone. Wake's not really a large enough school for groups to significantly isolate themselves from other groups. Political rhetoric among friends and small groups is as rare or as common as you want to make it. Political discussion on an institutional level is a little less common simply because politics can be such a touchy issue. That said, both the college dems and the college republicans do get their messages and events out, and so there's always an outlet for political opinions.
I don't know about hazing in fraternities, although I do know that Wake has a heavy anti-hazing policy, so nothing can be too extreme or the fraternity will hear about it from the university.
Ultimate is fairly large as a club sport. In addition, on any sunny day you can find people playing on the quad.
The workload is tough, certainly. I'm not convinced that it's tougher than other schools of Wake's caliber. Only very rarely have I had to miss something that I wanted to attend because I've had work.
I just have a few questions:
I'm travelling down to Wake Forest for the April 23rd Campus Day. I left Saturday open to explore the area, specifically Winston Salem, do the current students have any suggestions on where to attended so that I get a good feel for the area around Wake?
Also, I'm from MA and would need to fly down to Wake, so how does Wake get their students from the surrounding airports (Charlotte, Raleigh Durham, and Greensboro) to campus? Finally, what is the best airport to fly into, in terms of convenience to and from Wake?
Greensboro airport is the closest. My son's roommate last year always flew out of there. Guess it could depend on which ones serve the airline you wish to use (if you are using air miles for instance).