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Use the information below to keep track of what steps to take and materials to include when applying to Wake Forest.


As Soon As Possible

Schedule an interview (strongly recommended). Interviews are available on campus and online via Skype. Find more details here.


November 15

Deadline for Early Decision applications (note: Early Decision applicants may apply any time after completion of their junior year).

Deadline for Need-Based Financial Aid applications for Early Decision applicants. Applicants who meet this deadline will receive an award notification as early as December 1. Visit our How To Apply page for step-by-step financial aid application instructions.

Deadline for the Presidential Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement.


December 1

Deadline for all merit-based scholarship consideration.


January 1

Deadline for Early Decision II applications.

Deadline for Regular Decision applications. Apply now
Please include the following items if they pertain to your application:

Deadline for Need-Based Financial Aid applications for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants. Early Decision II applicants who meet this deadline will receive an award notification as early as February 15. Regular decision applicants who meet this deadline will receive an award notification as early as April 1. Visit our How To Apply page for step-by-step financial aid application instructions.

Deadline for the William Louis Poteat Scholarship


As soon as available senior year

Send Mid-Year Report form


Notifications of Acceptance:

Early Decision applicants

Notified by mail only on a rolling basis. Early Decision candidates are either accepted, deferred to the Regular Decision applicant pool, or are not accepted.

Early Decision II applicants

Notified by mail only with letters released on approximately February 15. Early Decision II candidates are either accepted, offered a place on our wait list, or are not accepted.

Regular Decision applicants

Notified by April 1. Regular decision candidates are either accepted, offered a place on our wait list, or not accepted.


Submit all information to:

Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 7305
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7305

Regular admission as a first-year student normally requires graduation from an accredited secondary school with a minimum of 16 units of high school credit. These should include at least four units in English, three in mathematics, two in history and social studies, two in a single foreign language and one in the natural sciences. Most admitted students will have pursued a challenging curriculum of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. Candidates for admission must furnish evidence of maturity and educational achievement, plus evidence of character and motivation for study in the College of Arts and Sciences. High school curriculum and classroom performance, combined with the student’s writing ability, extracurricular activities, and evidence of character and talent, are the most important criteria for admission.