Academic Rigor

We asked current students to think back to their freshmen year and what they wish they had known.  Their advice is below.


Assume the work will be harder than you may think.  In other words, start working on assignments early and study often.  Assume the deadline is earlier than you may anticipate. You will not regret it.

Learn to study smarter, not harder. You might have to adjust your study methods and techniques that you were successful with in high school to better adapt to the Wake Forest academic rigor.

Academics at Wake are definitely more challenging than high school, but they’re manageable.

My biggest advice would be to stay on top of the work and be focused when you do sit down to complete assignments. The work is extremely rigorous and 10x harder than my high school but I never had to pull an all-nighter or stay up ridiculously late thanks to time management.

Don’t be nervous. Wake is rigorous, yes, but it’s not impossible. There are so many resources there that can help you with academics such as the Learning or Writing centers. The teachers are so helpful and really care about your success. You can make great study groups, and the library is a great resource for quiet study or finding research materials.

Try a new class that you NEVER thought about taking before. Try doing that once a year. It will remind you that you’re at Wake to learn and learning can be an enjoyable process


Editorial note:  The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence.  In come cases, comments were combined with others.  When we had students responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis.  In the event a student offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included.  These comments represent the views of the student commentators, not the views of the Parent Programs office or Wake Forest.