i go to wake undergrad, and yeah, it's pretty true that we aren't well respected outside the south.
which is ridiculous. we are now ranked 27th in the nation (undergrad) - which is HIGHER than unc. we have one of the nation's highest ranked basketball teams, national champions in baseball and field hockey among other things. and WE WORK HARD. you will hear it called work forest more than once.
however, it is starting to gain more momentum and people are hearing about both the law school and the undergrad more (evidenced by our jump up in the rankings in recent times).
don't necessarily put it out of your mind just because it's in the south with a little bit lesser rep - we're getting there!