Why Join Us?


Top 10 Reasons to Join Us

Cutting Edge Research

Are you interested in researching how bio-inspired algorithms can improve security in large computer networks? How about developing prediction algorithms that can improve assistive mobile interfaces? Maybe developing new educational tools to help students learn parallel programming concepts? Or perhaps you enjoy integrating computers and the arts? Each of these cutting-edge opportunities, and more, are available to you in the Wake Forest Computer Science graduate program.

Premier Faculty

The department has 19 faculty members involved in teaching and research, 13 of whom are tenured or tenure track. Four faculty have won University-wide teaching awards: Dr. David John – Teaching Innovation, Dr. Errin Fulp – Reid-Doyle Prize For Teaching Excellence and the URECA Faculty Award For Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work, and both Dr. Pete Santago and Dr. William Turkett – Graduate Student Association Teaching Award. Dr. Stan Thomas was recently recognized as an ABET Fellow for his contributions to and leadership within the ABET accreditation organization.

Intimately Sized Department

A major-to-faculty ratio of under 10-to-1 allows for significant personal interaction between students and faculty both within and outside of the classroom. Class size for undergraduates averages 24 or less and both undergraduate and graduate students have significant opportunities for research engagement with faculty.

Access to Computational Resources

Within the Computer Science department, you will be provided the opportunity to work with students and faculty using a broad range of hardware and software. Students who bring their own device to Wake Forest University will use them for a wide variety of classes along with Debian based Linux environments configured in AWS. Students performing research with faculty may also utilize the DEAC cluster, a 95 node super computer featuring 3,892 cores and 19.31TB of available memory.

Modern Classroom Spaces

Multiple department classrooms have been renovated to facilitate high levels of student-instructor and student-student engagement through the use of moveable tables, large fixed and mobile whiteboards, and multi-display systems. In addition, some sessions of the introductory course are taught at the University’s new Wake Downtown campus.

Peer Interaction

The department has an active general student club, ACM; a female-focused student club, WiCS (Women in Computer Science); and an honor society, UPE. These groups provide loads of opportunities for peer interaction, as well as can be a way to gain leadership experience. In addition, students have the opportunity to represent the university on two competitive teams (our programming team and our supercomputer team).

Top-Ranked University

By enrolling at Wake Forest, you will be joining a university ranked 27th among national universities and 23rd for undergraduate teaching in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s guide, “America’s Best Colleges.” Opportunities exist to interact with other schools and programs at the University, including the highly ranked Bowman Gray School of Medicine and the Schools of Business.

Diverse Opportunities

Wake Forest University provides significant opportunities to students to extend one’s education beyond the classroom. Over 70% of undergraduate students study abroad during their time at Wake Forest, and graduate students can take advantage of the Graduate Richter Scholarships to support research abroad. The Department has deep interactions with, including faculty leadership of, the University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the WakerSpace makerspace.

Convenient Location

Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, NC – in the heart of the North Carolina Triad region. This places the department within an hour and a half of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle Park, the technology heart of the Southeast. Blacksburg, VA, home of Virginia Tech, is also within a 2-hour drive. The Triad area is part of the I-85 Corridor, dubbed the Booming Business Belt, that stretches from Virginia to Alabama, tracing its way through Raleigh, the Triad, Charlotte, Greenville-Spartanburg, and Atlanta. Wake Forest is easily accessible via air by flying into Piedmont Triad International airport (GSO).

Great Atmosphere

Outside of the classroom, opportunities abound! Feel free to attend premier NCAA Division I sports for free as a student – soccer, field hockey, and golf are usually all nationally ranked! Explore the majestic home of R.J. Reynolds, the tobacco magnate whose former residence sits right next door to the University. Visit Old Salem, the early 18th-century settlement preserved today as a living history museum. Set out for a day of hiking at Pilot Mountain State Park, or drive a little further and reach the NC Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Trail.