Wake Will


our vision for the premier undergraduate experience
Wake Forest College will be widely recognized as the premier, face-to-face college experience that prepares our graduates to lead lives of purpose and connection in the 21st century.
academic and intellectual life
access and opportunity
vibrant campus community
  • Once our students graduate, we will continue to support them in their transition from college to career.

  • The Center is designed to enhance employer-student connections and build on the high-quality education and preparation our students receive in the classroom.

  • As we implement programs through the OPCD and our wellbeing initiative, we also must ensure that our efforts are yielding productive results for our students.

  • We will promote and provide additional resources for our very popular Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

  • The Office of Service & Social Action facilitates opportunities for students to connect with the community, serve others and explore social justice issues in order to develop students as they become engaged, reflective and knowledgeable change agents in the global community.

  • Through a carefully constructed international service experience involving partner development, academic preparation, personal reflection and cooperative learning, students come to understand the needs and capacities of people served, as well as their own ability to influence change.

  • This fund will open doors for our students to pursue internships with employers in order to gain valuable experience.

  • The success of our OPCD is growing, and we need additional leaders to guide our students through the college-to-career process.

  • Increasing the types of programming offered through the OPCD will position our students well for their path after graduation.

  • Peer Leadership Development requires support for high-quality selection programs, structured and informal leadership development opportunities and internship support for students ready to take significant responsibility with the help of a trusted mentor.

  • We will create residential faculty fellowships intentionally designed to increase purposeful student-faculty engagement through out-of-classroom campus activities.

  • As we focus on wellbeing within our community, we must provide facilities that support programming and activities.

Power in Balance

Guy and Clara Carswell Scholar Brandon Turner (‘12) has learned the purposeful power that comes when a dedication to one’s work and a heart of compassion unite. Read more »

Hope For a Better Tomorrow

As a first-year Wake Forest student, Amy Liang spent one night a month at Samaritan Ministries’ shelter in downtown Winston-Salem — a surprising extra-curricular choice for a new college student. Read more »

Infectious Mentoring

When Josie Hug (‘14) stepped into the group gathered around Ray Kuhn, the William L. Poteat Professor of Biology, a hug is exactly what she got, along with cries of “You’re family now!” As the newest graduate student in Kuhn’s immunobiology lab, Hug has joined a close-knit group that spans generations – something she might not have known comes part and parcel with her work with Kuhn. Read more »

A Part of It

It’s hard to say where community really starts and stops. When I was looking for the right college as a junior and senior in high school, I didn’t really understand that. I had been in communities before, but they were pretty small and seemed, at the time at least, fairly well-defined. Read more »

The Safety Net

A group of former Wake Forest soccer players, led by David Kawesi-Mukooza (’00), now provides current Demon Deacons with the tools they need to adjust to life after soccer, which doesn’t have as many lucrative professional opportunities as many other team sports in the United States. The peer network is run with the help of the University’s Office of Personal and Career Development. Read more »

The Gift

Known to many as the voice, the face, the steward – the very conscience – of Wake Forest University, Provost Emeritus Dr. Edwin Wilson speaks as an authority on the history of our school while simultaneously inspiring generations of fresh-faced Wake Foresters. In Wilson’s classroom, students were never merely observers. He invited them into his world, and asked to be invited into theirs. It was a genuine invitation. After all, that was his experience as a Wake Forest student. Read more »

Campaign Launch Recap

This was a Homecoming Weekend to remember. In addition to all of the traditional Homecoming festivities, we celebrated the President’s Ball, the Arnold Palmer statue dedication, a Demon Deacon win over Maryland and - most importantly for the future of our University – the launch of Wake Will: The Campaign for Wake Forest. Read more »

First In the Forest

This Fall, Joseph Belangia was chopping wood in rural Wake County to provide firewood to families in need. Days before, he raced around Hearn Plaza to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund during Hit the Bricks. Soon after, he worked to achieve his goal of expanding a service project at a local retirement community to 200 volunteers. Read more »

Stronger Together

All-American Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe partners with Professor Peter Brubaker to battle Osteoporosis. Read more »

Shortened Name, Extended Learning Part I

Sara Commander ('14) always had an idea, and now she has IDEA. Always a self-starter, she now knows the ways of START. And it’s all thanks to URECA. Read more »

Alive and Well Story

With support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Reynolds American, Wake Forest is gaining momentum in its mission transform the way college campuses approach health and wellbeing. Read more »

Unbroken Story

Wake Forest took Greek philosopher Aristotle seriously when he said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” From the beginning, we aspired to offer students an education to better themselves and improve their communities. Success in that endeavor came because of people – individuals invested in fulfilling the mission of a meaningful education. What resulted has been nearly two centuries of educational distinction passed from teacher to student, generation after generation. Read more »

The Best of Many Worlds Story

The marketing of the multi-billion-dollar strength-training industry rests on the bulging biceps of poster-friendly American youth. The notion that we all benefit from our time in a gym is often lost in the maze of competitive lifting and the mist of light water that cools the overheated as they heroically step off machines named for Power or Endurance or some other pursued abstraction. Read more »

Making Her Mark

Meet Danielle Medina-Hernandez ('18), Magnolia Scholar. Read more »

Evening the Odds

Kathryn Webster listens to her computer spit out a rapid-fire stream of numbers and symbols in a metallic voice. To the average person, the computer is speaking robotic gibberish. To Webster, an aspiring mathematician who also happens to be blind, the computer is describing a statistics problem. Read more »