Curriculum 359
tion in the order of studies; probably also there was a stricter
enforcement of regulations.
Considering first the entrance requirements, the first detailed
statement that I have found is in the College catalogue for 1856-57. It
Candidates for the Freshman Class must be thoroughly prepared in
English Grammar, Arithmetic, Bullions' Latin Grammar, Caesar's
Commentaries, four books, Vergil's Aeneid, six books, with the rules
of Hexameter Verse, Cicero's Select Orations, Bullions' Greek
Grammar and Greek Reader, Ancient and Modern Geography,
Algebra to Equations of the Second Degree. The whole or a full
equivalent both in quantity will be strictly required.
Candidates for any other class will be examined on all of the
previous studies of said class; as shown in the following course of
There has been some modification in the catalogue of 1859-60;
better grammars are suggested in Latin and Greek, and the re-
quirements are increased by the addition of Mythology and Grecian
and Roman Antiquities.
In these entrance requirements, in 1839 as well as in 1856-57,
Wake Forest College seems to have been conforming to the standards
of the day for Southern colleges. A comparison of the catalogues of
the University of North Carolina and of Wake Forest College for the
latter year shows that there is very little difference between the two in
their entrance requirements, and that in all essentials they were
The deficient preparation of the students sent them is complained of
in the catalogues of both institutions, but more at length in that of the
University of North Carolina. Applicants for admission in the
University were deficient in training in their
12 The statement of entrance requirements in the University of North Carolina
catalogue for 1856-57 is as follows: "Applicants for admission into the Freshman
Class are required to sustain an approved examination on the Grammars of the
English, Greek and Latin Languages; Latin Prosody; Andrews', or Arnold's
Exercise; Caesar Commentaries; Ovid Metamorphoses; Vergil's Bucolics and Six
Books of the Aeneid; Sallust; St. John's Gospel, and the Acts in the Greek
Testament; Graeca Minora, or Greek Reader; Arithmetic; Algebra, through
equations of the first degree; Ancient and Modern Geography."
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