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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 to 15 percent of applicants apply Early Decision each year; those students made up about 50% of the incoming class in 2018.

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.

Fall 2020 Early Decision applicants – you must use a 2020 application to apply to Wake Forest. The 2020 Wake Forest application is now available. The 2020 Common Application will be available August 1. The 2020 Coalition Application will be available September 1. You may not submit a Fall 2019 application for consideration.

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.

Download and read the Early Decision Agreement [PDF]