Information for High School Seniors

A Need-to-Know Basis

Congratulations on reaching your senior year in high school! What an exciting time! Wake Forest Admissions is here to help you navigate the process of choosing your college home. We want to make this a smooth experience, as we get to know each other.


When Should You Apply?

Early Decision, Early Decision II, Regular Decision: so much jargon, and what does it all mean?! Thank goodness Senior Associate Dean of Admissions Dawn Calhoun stopped by local TV station WGHP to explain it all.


Webcam Interview

These interviews are highly encouraged but not required.

Schedule Your Interview

Do This From:

Calendar   May – November


Early Decision Application

Early Decision I is for those who know Wake Forest is their first choice and are ready to commit. You will hear back from us on a rolling basis.

The deadline for Early Decision applications is November 15. (Note: Early Decision applicants may apply any time after completion of their junior year.)

Info for Early Decision Applicants  Apply Now


Need-Based Financial Aid Application (ED)

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.

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What You Need to Do (ED)

Please include the following items if they pertain to your application:

Have These Done By:

Calendar   November 15


Presidential Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement

Twenty renewable scholarships of $16,000 each are awarded annually to students admitted to Wake Forest who possess exceptional talents in art, dance, debate, music, and theatre.

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Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply to Wake Forest by December 1, you are automatically considered for most of the university’s merit-based scholarships.

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Have These Done By:

Calendar   December 1


Early Decision II Application

Early Decision II gives you another opportunity to show your strong interest in Wake Forest and to hear an admissions decision from us on February 15.

The deadline for Early Decision II applications is January 1.

Info for Early Decision Applicants  Apply Now


Regular Decision Application

We’ve designed our application to allow you to show how you’ve challenged yourself through your high-school years, both in and out of the classroom.

The deadline for Regular Decision applications is January 1.

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What You Need to Do (ED II, RD)

Please include the following items if they pertain to your application:


Need-Based Financial Aid Applications (ED II, RD)

  • 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.

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William Louis Poteat Scholarship Deadline

Information for the William Louis Poteat Scholarship can be found on the financial aid website.

Have These Done By:

Calendar   January 1


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

  • Decisions are released 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

  • Decisions 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

  • Decisions released by April 1. Regular decision candidates are either accepted, offered a place on our wait list, or are 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.