Apply to Wake Forest University

We expect our 2025 application to be released in August. Meanwhile, learn about the Early Decision process through our online summer session, ‘Distinctively Wake.’

Applying is easy and can be done using one of three applications:

  • Common Application
  • Coalition, Powered by SCOIR, Application
  • Wake Forest Application (print only)

Use the Common Application to apply if you are a

  • First-year domestic or international student
  • Transfer student

Use the Coalition, Powered by SCOIR, application to apply if you are a

  • First-year domestic student

Use the Wake Forest Application (print only) to apply if you are a

  • First-year domestic or international student
  • Transfer student

If you prefer to submit your application by mail, you will need to print the entire application and send it to the following address:

Wake Forest University
Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 7305
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7305

Early Action Application Option

First-generation college students may now apply Early Action to Wake Forest University.

Application Deadlines

In addition to the application deadlines, make sure you’re aware of all other admissions and financial aid deadlines before you apply.

Early Decision I,
Early Action

November 15

Early Decision II

January 1

Regular Decision

January 1

If you know that Wake Forest is your first choice, don’t keep it a secret: Early Decision (ED), which offers two windows of opportunity, might be for you. Both ED options are binding, meaning, if admitted, you will have committed to being a Wake Forest student!

  • Early Decision I lets you apply early in the fall (by November 15) and hear back from us on a rolling basis.
  • Early Action for First-Generation College Students gives first-generation college students an admissions decision by January 15. Unlike Early Decision admissions, the Early Action decision is non-binding. Admitted first-generation students have until May 1 to decide if they will enroll at Wake Forest. The application deadline is November 15.
  • Early Decision II gives those who missed the ED I deadline a second chance to apply ED (by January 1). With ED II, you will hear back from us around February 15.
  • Regular Decision (RD) applications are not binding and have a January 1 deadline, and you will hear back from us around April 1.

What You Need to Apply

Applicants will be asked to pay the application fee and include the following items as they pertain to their application. These forms are included in the Undergraduate Admissions Application but may be accessed individually as well.

  • $85 application fee
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official SAT/ACT scores from testing center(s)
    • Scores are only required if you want them considered in your admissions application. We accept self-reported scores. If you take a test multiple times, please simply be sure to report all test scores to us. We will superscore them.
  • Secondary School Report (first-year students only)
  • Counselor Recommendation (highly recommended)
  • Teacher Recommendation Form (first-year students only)
  • Early Decision Agreement (only for those students applying Early Decision to Wake Forest; available early August)
  • Mid-Year School Report (for reporting mid-year senior grades)
  • Dean’s Statement (transfer students only)
  • College transcripts from all colleges attended (transfer students only)
  • TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo (international students only)

Already Applied?

While applying to college is necessary and a touch stressful, we hope that you are able to find the time after applying to clear your head. Go outside! Read a book or two. Get away from all monitors (from handheld to computer to television). We know that your application is important, and we respect that this process means so much to you. That said, it is just one of many vital tasks you will complete over the course of your life. You are going to get into college, and that school will undoubtedly be a terrific place to learn and grow. So—knowing that we will give your application the unfaltering, individualized attention it deserves—take a deep breath and relax for a day or two following your application submission.

You’ve earned it.

Admission of Students with Disabilities

Wake Forest College will consider the application of any qualified student, regardless of disability, on the basis of the selection criteria established by the University, which include personal and academic merit. Upon matriculation, all students will be required to meet the same standards for graduation. The University endeavors to provide facilities that are in compliance with all laws and regulations regarding access for individuals with disabilities.

Additionally, special services are available to reasonably accommodate students with disabilities.

For more information on assistance for undergraduate students, refer to the Center for Learning, Access, and Student Success site.

Security & Fire Information

Wake Forest University is committed to assisting all members of the Wake Forest community in providing for their own safety and security. This report contains information on drug or alcohol-abuse programs required by section 120(a) through (d) of HEA and can be found on the Alcohol & Other Drugs website. Information regarding campus security, personal safety and fire safety—including topics such as crime prevention, university police law-enforcement authority, crime-reporting policies, crime statistics for the most recent three-year period, resources for victims of crime and disciplinary procedures – is available on the Wake Forest University Police website. To request a printed copy of this information, please contact the University Police Department at 336.758.4566.

The College Foundation of North Carolina

Wake Forest is a “Linked Campus” with Applicants may take advantage of the many resources on but, when applying, will be guided to the Wake Forest application page.