Application Process

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

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Information for High School Students (Domestic)

Knowing When You Should Apply

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June-November

Schedule an Interview

Schedule an interview (strongly recommended) as soon as possible. Interviews are available on campus and online via Skype.


November 15

Early Decision Deadline

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

Need-Based Financial Aid Application Deadline

  • The deadline for Need-Based Financial Aid applications for Early Decision applicants can be found on the Financial Aid website. 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.

Presidential Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement Deadline


December 1

Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration Deadline

Deadline for all merit-based scholarship consideration.


January 1

Early Decision II Application Deadline

Regular Decision Application Deadline

What you need to do (Early Decision II and Regular Decision):

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.

William Louis Poteat Scholarship Deadline


Additional Information

Mid-Year Report Form

Send your Mid-Year Report Form as soon as it’s available during your senior year.


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.

How to Submit

Mail all your materials 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.

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Ready to Apply?

Go for it. Start the process and let’s see if this is a fit.