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t the end of his fourteenth year at Wake Forest—and
the occasion of the University’s having been in Winston-
Salem for twenty-five years—President Scales looked at the com-
position of the student body to see what trends in enrollment were
developing. Of the 3161 students in the undergraduate schools (an
increase, since 1967, of more than 700) 1240 were women (about
42%, compared with 31% fourteen years earlier). Slightly more than
half the students were from North Carolina, and Virginia continued
to be second among other states in sending students to Wake Forest.
The School of Law enrolled 502 students; 137 were women, 304 were
from North Carolina, and 95 were undergraduate alumni of Wake
Forest. The Bowman Gray School of Medicine had 431 students, of
whom 96 were women, 65% were from North Carolina, and 74 had
taken their undergraduate degrees from Wake Forest. The Babcock
School, about to begin its second decade, had 243 students, 41 of
whom were women.
President Scales further noted that, in the spring of 1981, there
were 21, 700 living alumni of the College and that over half of
them—11,132—lived in North Carolina. Professional school statis-
tics were similarly indicative of a preference by alumni for careers
in North Carolina: 70% of law school alumni, about 50% of medi-
cal school alumni, and 70% of Wake Forest’s M.B.A.’s resided in
the State.
As his fifteenth year began, Scales doubtless remembered with
some anguish the years when the war in Vietnam and the civil rights
movement and student demands for intervisitation privileges had
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