Your new home is unrivaled by any.
The history, events, quirks and rituals that make Wake Forest unique help form a lasting bond among those who call themselves Demon Deacons. In a time before Google, these were things passed from one generation of Wake Foresters to the next. Embrace them. Make them your own.
Did You Know?
The Wake Forest Manual Labor Institute was founded in 1834.
Our First Student
The first Wake Forest student was only 12 years old, and the first graduating class included 4 students.
In 1946, the school accepted an invitation from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to move from Wake Forest, NC, to its current location in Winston-Salem.
The Next Chapter
The Reynolda Campus (our current location) opened its doors in 1956.
All Are Welcome
Wake Forest University was the first major private institution in the South to integrate.
Wake Forest College became Wake Forest University in 1967. The letters WFC can still be found in ironwork around campus.
Know the WFU Basics
Our School Colors
Your Honor Code
The honesty, trustworthiness and personal integrity of each student is integral to the life and purposes of the Wake Forest community. Together, we seek the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning.
An even higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto, Pro Humanitate, as the passion for knowledge is translated into compassionate service.
The Demon Deacon
The Wake Forest motto, Pro Humanitate, is regularly translated as “For Humanity” and is probably most often understood to mean that we do what we do for the sake of humanity, for the people of the world. It is often heard as a very specific call to community service.
Dear Old Wake Forest,
Thine is a Noble Name;
Thine is a Glorious Fame,
Constant and True.
We Give Thee of Our Praise,
Adore Thine Ancient Days,
Sing Thee Our Humble Lays,
MOTHER, SO DEAR
Dear Old Wake Forest,
Mystic Thy Name to Cheer;
Be Thou Our Guardian Near Fore’er and Aye.
We Bow Before Thy Shrine,
Thy Brow With Bays Entwine,
All Honor Now Be Thine,
By George W. Paschal,
Class of 1892 (Thuringian Folk Song)
Your Fight Song
O here’s to Wake Forest
A glass of the finest
Red ruddy, Rhenish
Filled up to the brim.
Her sons, they are many
Unrivaled by any
With hearts o’erflowing,
We will sing a hymn.
RAH, RAH, WAKE FOREST, RAH!
Old Alma Mater’s sons are we!
We’ll herald the story and die for
her glory: Old Gold and Black is
ever waving high.
As frosh we adore her,
As sophs we explore her,
and carve our names upon her
ancient walls. As juniors patrol her,
as seniors extol her, and weep to
leave fore’er her sacred halls.
(WIPE TEARS AND REPEAT CHORUS)
Pro Humanitate Traditions
Project Pumpkin is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Civic and Community Engagement around Halloween. It brings approximately 700 children from the Winston-Salem community onto campus and pairs them with Wake Forest undergraduates for trick-or-treating and carnival games.
Hit the Bricks
“This is college!” These were the words of a first-year student while racing around the Quad as a member of his residence hall’s relay team. More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff join together in Wake Forest’s annual eight-hour team relay event to benefit the Brian Piccolo Cancer Drive.
Wake ‘N Shake
What do over 1,200 students do together in Reynolds Gym for 12 continuous hours in March? They dance, sing, play games, hear inspirational stories and have a fantastic time, all to help find a cure for cancer.
So get on your feet and get ready to dance!
You’ll find them gracing Manchester Plaza, and they hold a special place in the hearts of Wake Foresters across the globe. The magnolias of today come from seeds that were collected from the Old Campus in 1947, grown for five years in a swimming pool in South Carolina, then transplanted to the Reynolda Campus.
The Stone Arch
It’s not our first arch. What graces the Quad today is a replica of the original, which can still be found on our Old Campus in Wake Forest, N.C. Each year during Commencement, the graduating class carries on the tradition of entering the Quad through the arch.
Named for Samuel Wait, our University’s first president. The 12-ton carillon consists of 48 bronze bells. There are only 100 of its kind nationwide. The chapel has hosted a wide range of events, including two presidential debates, the memorial service for Maya Angelou, NPR’s “Wait Wait …Don’t Tell Me” and many speakers, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Jimmy Carter, James Earl Jones, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Tony Dungy, Senator John McCain, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Laverne Cox.