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For those prospective students recently affected by natural disasters:  Please know that we in the Wake Forest Admissions Office will work with you on an individual basis should you experience delays or difficulties in submitting application materials.  Our Early Decision deadline is November 15 but may be extended if necessary.  Please contact the Admissions Office and we will assist you in the application process.


When you know, you know. If you have decided without a doubt that Wake Forest is your first-choice college, you may apply Early Decision or Early Decision II. Early Decision applicants are given some preference in the admissions process. Approximately 10 percent of applicants apply Early Decision each year; those students made up about 41% of the incoming class in 2016.

Under the Early Decision plan:

  • You may submit an Early Decision application any time after completion of your junior year, but no later than November 15.
  • Wake Forest must be your first choice and only active Early Decision application (you may submit regular decision applications to other institutions).
  • You, your parents, and your counselor must sign the Early Decision Agreement agreeing to enroll if admitted and to withdraw regular-decision applications from other colleges upon acceptance to Wake Forest.
  • Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are notified by mail only. A $500 nonrefundable deposit is due within two weeks of acceptance notification.

Under the Early Decision II plan:

  • Early Decision II applications must be submitted by January 1.
  • Wake Forest must be your first choice and only active Early Decision II application (you may submit regular decision applications to other institutions).
  • You, your parents, and your counselor must sign the Early Decision Agreement agreeing to enroll if admitted and to withdraw regular-decision applications from other colleges upon acceptance to Wake Forest.
  • Applicants are notified by mail only. The approximate date decision letters will be mailed is February 15. A $500 nonrefundable deposit is due within two weeks of acceptance notification.

Financial aid application deadline information for students applying Early Decision or Early Decision II to Wake Forest can be found on our Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Early Decision Agreement PDF Download and read the Early Decision Agreement [PDF]