Thrive: Health and Wellbeing

thrivelogoIn the Wake Forest tradition of educating the whole person, we are committed to sustaining a multidimensional culture of health and wellbeing that will benefit our students long after they leave the Forest.

Over the past year, we have accelerated our efforts to reimagine wellbeing across our community, partnering with national organizations like the Biederman Group (famed for its reinvention of New York City’s Bryant Park, where busy Manhattanites get outside their routines and experience a little spontaneity). As profiled in many national publications, Wake Forest has become a leader in encouraging a culture of wellbeing among students, faculty and staff. Look for our new THRIVE program, led by the Office of Wellbeing, which launched in September 2014.

You’ll see the evidence everywhere as you walk around campus: outdoor reading rooms, signature green bistro tables and chairs strewn across the center of campus with game carts nearby, an outdoor piano (it’s our newest Quad tradition to sit down and play at least once, even if you have no musical training!), outdoor classrooms, exercise equipment and more on the way.

With eight dimensions to explore (intellectual, physical, environmental, spiritual, emotional, occupational, social and financial), we are committed to attending to your wellbeing from the moment you arrive in order to help you thrive wherever life should take you.

Campus Recreation

The Department of Campus Recreation seeks to enrich the quality of life for the students, faculty and staff of Wake Forest University through quality programs and facilities designed for individuals of all ability levels. Such programs include intramural sports, club sports, Outdoor Pursuits, open recreation, group fitness and personal training. Campus Recreation is also responsible for managing the Miller Fitness Center and all of the activities within Reynolds Gymnasium. Campus Recreation provides a healthy outlet for every student and a convenient option for every staff and faculty member in a safe place where the whole person is central each and every day.

The Miller Fitness Center is a multi-use facility with two major recreation and exercise spaces for students, faculty, and staff. Here you’ll find a variety of cardiovascular machines, weights, and group exercise classes.

Reynolds Gymnasium –In order to meet the need for spontaneous play and activity, Campus Recreation has numerous open recreation opportunities for the student body. Sports equipment to accommodate such free play opportunities is available on the second floor of the Reynolds Gymnasium. Locations and maps of these informal drop-in recreation outlets are available in Reynolds Gym 214.

Intramural sports  offers a sports league, tournaments and special events at Wake Forest. Both team and individual sports are offered in various levels of on-campus competition. Intramurals employ over 100 students and coordinates nearly 800 teams each academic year!

The Club Sports program consists of over 40 different teams ranging from archery to waterskiing. Club Sports teams are student organizations designed to continue or begin interest in a given activity or sport. Teams compete against neighboring universities. 

Outdoor Pursuits provides Wake Forest students with a variety of on and off campus outdoor adventure opportunities. From our on-campus climbing gym, the CRUX, to the Grand Canyon and even some international destinations, Outdoor Pursuits has an adventure for everyone! No experience is necessary.

Aquatics has a variety of activities for all students. We offer lap swim, open swim, water fitness classes, inner-tube water polo, dive-in movies, club swim, group swim lessons, private swim lessons, master swim, CPR classes, lifeguard classes and much more!

Fitness Group fitness offers over 30 classes, including yoga, Zumba and cycle. Personal training allows for one-on-one programming from certified trainers. The fitness center offers a variety of cardio, selectorized, plate and functional training equipment. Small group training and online coaching are also available.

Spiritual Life

As a part of fulfilling its mission and achieving its goals, Wake Forest University seeks to encourage students, faculty, and staff to “explore the spiritual dimensions of human existence in ways that prompt examination of self and perceptions of the world.”

The religious and spiritual components of the University’s programming are intended to encourage the pursuit of meaning through spiritual reflection and free inquiry, enabling a wide circle of inclusion and identifications, advancing mutual understanding and respect among differing traditions, while a the same time fostering Wake Forest’s Baptist history and traditions in real and tangible ways.

What does the office of the Chaplain do?

  • Provides hospitable spaces, support and safety to students are they connect their religious and spiritual lives with their Wake Forest education
  • Offers pastoral care to individuals and the Wake Forest community
  • Educates the Wake Forest community on religious diversity, holy days, and spiritual practices
  • Convenes groups for interreligious engagement and dialogue
  • Offers alternative spring break activities


Stop by Reynolda Hall 22 or call (336) 758-5210 for more information.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center provides confidential individual and group-based counseling and psychotherapy for a broad range of personal and interpersonal issues. Indidivual assessment and counseling for concerns related to alcohol and other drug use is also available. The Counseling Center offers outreach programs and counsultation to students, faculty and staff, as well as referrals for off-campus mental health providers. For mental health emergencies after 5 p.m., the counselor on call can be reached by calling Student Health Service at (336) 758-5218.

All services are free to full-time Reynolda Campus undergraduate and graduate students. Contact with the center is confidential to the fullest extent provided by law. Appointments may be scheduled by telephone at (336) 758-5273 or in-person in Reynolda Hall 118.