Wake Forest Baptist Health is home to multiple graduate programs in biomedical science and to the university’s Medical School. Research facilities are also situated in downtown Winston-Salem at the Piedmont Triad Research Park and Wake Forest Biotech Place. The Wake Forest Primate Center is located approximately 10 miles from Winston-Salem. Wake Forest houses numerous institutes and centers dedicated to studies in biomedical sciences. Free transportation between these campuses, as well as the Reynolda Campus, is provided by our convenient and dependable inter-campus shuttle service, and affordable parking is also available to those who prefer to provide their own transportation.
Graduate students at Wake Forest enjoy access to the Student Wellness Center and Fitness Center, free tickets to athletic events, and discounted admittance to art exhibits and cultural events. Wake Forest houses several libraries, including the Coy C. Carpenter Medical Library, which offers classes and resources designed to assist students in navigating various aspects of research and publishing. Students may opt to become involved in one of many graduate-led organizations, including the Graduate Student Association and the Brain Awareness Council, or join other groups such as the Office of Women in Medicine and Science or the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health. The Center for International Studies provides support to international students during their transition to Winston-Salem and throughout their academic tenure at Wake Forest. Graduate students are provided with many opportunities to interact with students and faculty from other departments via such activities as the annual Graduate Student & Post-doc Research Day and the well-attended Professional Development series.
Graduate Student Housing
Many graduate students opt to live in the West End and Ardmore Historic districts, both of which offer inexpensive but safe housing in close proximity to the Medical Center. The Medical School’s Student Services Office housing website and the Graduate School’s housing resource page are both excellent resources for locating rental properties and connecting with potential roommates. The best time to begin looking for housing is about two months before you plan to arrive in Winston-Salem.
Students with Children
Wake Forest and the Neuroscience Graduate Program welcome students with children, and we are very supportive of graduate students who become parents during their graduate studies. Winston-Salem is a fantastic place to raise children, with many family-friendly activities and museums. The excellent Children’s Choice Learning Center, located near the Medical Center, is available to students, and the Work/Family resource center is available to assist graduate students who need help finding child care.