Wake Forest one of ‘50 Colleges That Create Futures’

Wake Forest University is featured in “Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom” — a new Princeton Review book highlighting the nation’s best institutions at offering undergraduates both outstanding academics and outstanding experiential learning opportunities.

Each college profile has general information about the school, plus sections on its distinctive programs and career center services. The University’s college-to-career courses and targeted career coaching are highlighted in the review.

According to the book’s editors at The Princeton Review, “Throughout their Wake Forest education, students learn how to connect their academic disciplines to possible careers, while faculty connect them to experiential learning opportunities like internships and academic research. The school’s radical rethinking of the college to career experience, veering from the outdated notion of ‘career services’ into a comprehensive and holistic four-year approach, has made it a national leader in this field.”

Andy Chan, vice president of career development, explains Wake Forest’s approach: “The career development office at Wake Forest partners with faculty, advisors, parents, staff and alumni to provide career guidance and support through a college-to-career community that is available to students from their first days on campus. We are excited to be nationally recognized for our successes, and we are committed to finding new ways to offer targeted career resources to all students in every major.”

First-year seminars; small class sizes; dedicated faculty; mentored research opportunities; and Wake Forest’s leadership and problem-solving courses are also featured. “As millennial students graduate they are entering a place in the world where it’s not good enough to just have great ideas—you have to be able to implement them,” said Evelyn Williams, professor of practice for the Business School and associate vice president of leadership development.

Out of several hundred colleges that The Princeton Review considered for this book, the 50 schools that made the cut comprise about 2% of the nation’s approximately 2,600 four-year colleges. The selection process factored in data from the company’s surveys of administrators at hundreds of universities between 2013 and 2015 and of 18,000 students attending the schools. The Princeton Review also conducted 200 interviews with current faculty, administrators and alumni of schools in making its choices of the final 50 colleges featured in the book.

Wake Forest also came in at number 20 on The Princeton’s Review’s 2015 ranking list for Best Career Services and number 23 on the 2015 ranking list for Top Internship Opportunities.

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