Welcome to Wake Forest!

See the World Beyond the Given.

Wake Forest University embraces that the world is rich and complex. We prize the liberal arts: asking “how” and “why” questions across a wide variety of disciplines. We hope you’ll ask those important questions too – because we want to engage with you and your forward-thinking ideas.

Our philosophy: the engaged liberal arts. Dean of the College Michele Gillespie explains that Wake Forest “delivers a rigorous liberal arts education that meets the needs of the world.”

Please explore that philosophy and what we can offer you. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out with your questions.


Information for the Class of 2026

For those who will consider applying for undergraduate admission to Wake Forest University this fall.

Wake Forest Ironwork

The Facts About Wake Forest

Dean of Admissions Karen Vargas and Assistant Dean of Admissions Thomas Ray, along with a host of administrators from throughout campus, talk about the opportunities that are waiting for you at Wake Forest.

Check This Out!


Undergraduate Admissions Viewbook Thumbnail  2022-23 Admissions Viewbook  |  View PDF


Just Getting Started?

New here? No problem. Here’s where to start.

The BasicsThe basics

  • Location: Winston-Salem, NC
  • Type: Private
  • National Rank: #28 (U.S. News)
  • Undergrad Enrollment: 5,441
  • Ethnic Diversity: 30%

WFU at a Glance »

What to StudyWhat to Study

Wake Forest offers 45 majors and 60 minors. Following the engaged liberal-arts philosophy, students take courses in literature and languages, math and the natural sciences, religion, history, and philosophy, the social and behavioral sciences, and the fine arts.

Find Your Major »

AffordabilityAffordability

The numbers can be daunting, but they are not disqualifying. Let us help you make a college education affordable. Wake Forest meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.

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Wake Forest students walk between Dogwood and Magnolia residences on a cool fall morning

Experience Wake Forest

Sitting on 340 acres, Wake Forest University is home to six colleges, a research-innovation quarter, and the personalized attention you need with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Those are some numbers, but below discover infinite possibilities.

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Don’t stop here. There’s more to explore.

Visiting Campus »  Virtual Campus Tour »


Considering Wake Forest?

Here’s how to show your interest and get to know us.

Interviews Conversation

Only seniors who have applied for admission are eligible for a virtual interview or video submission. Both are optional and not required as part of the admission process.

More on Interviews »

Class of 2026 Conversation

We’re excited that you’re considering Wake Forest! Our application for admission is available now! Please check out our Class of 2026 page for dates and deadlines, advice, and more!

Info for H.S. Seniors »

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No matter how you apply, what matters is that we get to know you and gain a full appreciation of your excellence.

Application Process »

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Campus Visits and Information Sessions

We invite you to experience Wake Forest through a student-led tour and either an on-campus information session or a live virtual information session. Through an hour-long walking tour with a student guide and/or an information session with an insider view, you will learn about all that our university offers!


How to Connect With Us!

Visit Campus Info »  Information Sessions »


Follow WFU Undergraduate Admissions

Wake Forest admissions counselor Nathan Allen invites you to register for our student-led tours, in-person information sessions, and/or live virtual information sessions. He and other counselors are here, ready to share their stories and answer your questions (link in profile). Go Deacs! #WFU26 ...

Here’s an application that sometimes gets overlooked in all the hoopla surrounding the “big name” apps of Early Decision and Regular Decision:

Early Decision II!

The binding Early Decision II application (deadline: January 1) has so much to recommend it:

· a firm date on which you’ll hear back from us: February 15 (and no later),

· a chance for those who discovered and fell in love with Wake Forest late to apply Early Decision, and

· the opportunity to show your interest in and commitment to us.

It may not get as much attention as the others, but it’s pretty great.

So, give it some consideration: sometimes the sequel is just as good as the original! #WFU26
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Wake Forest admissions counselor Maya Hinton invites you to register for our student-led tours, in-person information sessions, and/or live virtual information sessions. She and other counselors are here, ready to share their stories and answer your questions (link in profile). Go Deacs! #WFU26 ...

Monday’s the deadline (11/15 by 11:59 p.m.!) for Wake Forest University’s Early Decision application – and the deadline for applications to be considered for merit-based scholarships, no matter the application type!

And so, if you’re a high-school senior, here you are, on the cusp of deciding where to apply to do some of your best and most meaningful work.

Wherever that is, we wish you only the best…

…but, of course, we hope that you might find that context and contentment at Wake Forest.

Apply today! #WFU26
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Wake Forest admissions counselor Katie Caccamise-Amritt invites you to register for our student-led tours, in-person information sessions, and/or live virtual information sessions. She and other counselors are here, ready to share their stories and answer your questions (link in profile). Go Deacs! #WFU26 ...

Wake Forest admissions counselor Michelle White invites you to register for our student-led tours, in-person information sessions, and/or live virtual information sessions. She and other counselors are here, ready to share their stories and answer your questions (link in profile). Go Deacs! #WFU26 ...