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preparation in Latin and Greek and in Mathematics; in the languages
they had read too little, lacked a knowledge of constructions, and
knew nothing of antiquities; in Mathematics they were not drilled in
the rules of arithmetic which were at all complex. The disregard of
preparation in these things rendered the students unable to profit as
they should from the training in their college classes, since the
instructors found it necessary to devote the time that should be given
to such Exercises as would impart and mature a taste for scholarship
to the drilling which should have been got in the lower school.13
With the discontinuance of the Academical Department in 1860
came a more rigid enforcement of the entrance requirements of the
College. In the catalogue of 1859-60 warning was given that in the
future no abatement in the terms of admission would be made; that
the time in college was all too short for thorough mental training, and
it must not be diminished by students' imperfect preparation; that it
was the duty of the College to "hold the check upon hasty and
superficial training by refusing to admit into the higher walks of
learning those who have not legitimately entered its portals; if the
schools of secondary grade would cooperate in this arrangement they
might be able much better to maintain high standards for their own
Detailed statements of the courses offered at Wake Forest through
the years 1839 to 1862 are to be found in the records of the students
and in such of the catalogues as are extant. That for 1859-60 shows
the following "Summary of the Course."
Xenophon's Cyropaedia and Greek Ollendorff reviewed.
Cicero's Select Orations. Odes of Horace. 2nd Lat. Book reviewed.
13 U. N. C. catalogue for 1856-57, 28.
14 In this connection it may be said that the proportion of unclassified students in
the University of North Carolina until 1858 had been much smaller than in Wake