ED I Application Update

By now, all students – with completed applications before December 1 – who applied via Early Decision I should have received their admissions decisions. (If you haven’t, please be sure to check your status portal!) 

Some of you have received the good news of an invitation to join the Wake Forest Class of 2027. As with any other year, that accomplishment is something to celebrate! Our Early Decision I applicant pool was up 25% and continues to reflect strengths and successes across various curricula and co-curricular experiences. For those applicants who attended schools that provide rank, 85% were in the Top 20% of their graduating classes. And for those who submitted test scores, those admitted averaged a 1430 on the SAT and a 32 on the ACT. Again, congratulations to you all! We look forward to communicating with you soon about our admitted-students programming to be held in the spring. 

We also recognize that some of you are processing the news of being deferred. What does being deferred actually mean? It means several things: that the Admissions Committee needs more time to consider you and your application; that you’re still considered for admission (in the Regular Decision applicant pool and without the binding commitment that accompanies applying Early Decision); and that your application is still “open.” To that last point, you can — and should! — share with us updates to your grades; we want to know how you’re doing in your classes and how your year has progressed since clicking that “Submit” button. You’re also welcome to send additional recommendation letters, especially if you feel they will add significant value to your application or include something of which we weren’t initially aware. As we look to re-evaluate your application, please note that academic success during your senior year is of the utmost importance to us, but the size of our Regular Decision applicant pool will also be a significant factor in our ability to extend offers of admission.

And one more directive: please be in touch with your admissions representative. Each of our Admissions Deans reviews applications according to where you attend school; this individual not only knows the most about your school but is also best equipped to advocate for you. (If you don’t know who your admissions rep is, you can learn more here.) Do let them know if you’re still interested in being a part of this community. 

We wish you all the best in your college search process.

Warmest regards, 

Wake Forest University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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