Becoming a Demon Deacon

We want this page to be your one-stop destination for all the information you need to experience Wake Forest and our Pro Humanitate philosophy. It will be updated regularly as you move into your final year of high school.

Admissions is about communicating—learning about you as you learn about us—and one of the best ways to keep that relationship going is to make sure you’re receiving regular updates from us.

We hope to see you soon!

Let’s get started.

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The “To-Do” List

Dates, deadlines, and a checklist of things to do before you apply

Where to Start »
Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest campus


WFU admissions application info for those applying this fall

How to Apply »
The Arch on the Wake Forest campus


A video interview is a great way for us to get to know you better.

More on Interviews »
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Campus Tours

Student-led campus tours, self-guided tours, and a virtual tour

Plan Your Visit »
Wake Forest in the fall


A Wake Forest education can be within your reach.

Find Out How »
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Information Sessions

Campus life, our admissions process, and Wake Forest stories

Let’s Connect »
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Advice & Guidance

We asked Wake Foresters their guidance for seniors in high school.

View Our Advice »
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Our Blog

Important information and updates from the Admissions office

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The “To Do” List

Students walking on the Wake Forest campus

Applying to college brings up a lot of questions. Wake Forest Admissions is here to help you with some guidance. Make note of the following deadlines and follow this checklist to make applying to Wake Forest a smooth process.

Fall 2023 Important Dates & Deadlines

Fall 2025 Admission Application 2025 admission applications are available.Aug. 1
Interviews may request a virtual interview (optional) after you have submitted your application for admission. You must do so within five days of submitting your application.Early Aug. – Early Dec.
Video Interview Question may submit a video (optional) answering one of three prompts after you have submitted your application for admission.Early Aug. – Jan. 8
Need-Based Financial Aid Application Early Decision I applicantsFall 2024
Early Decision I deadline if Wake Forest is your first-choice collegeNov. 15
Early Action for First-Gen Students Action admissions is available for first-generation college students.Nov. 15
Merit- and Talent-Based Scholarships programs that recognize extraordinary achievement, leadership, and talentNov. 15
Interview Request Deadline last day to request an optional virtual interviewNov. 18
Early Decision II you meet the ED II deadline, you will receive an admissions decision from us by February 15.Jan. 1
Regular Decision Decision applications are not binding, and you will receive an admissions decision from us by April 1.Jan. 1

Your Senior Checklist

You have plenty to think about your senior year, and we know applying to college is going to be on your mind a lot. As you navigate your way through your final year of high school, here are a few things we encourage you to do before applying to Wake Forest:


The bell tower of Wait Chapel rises over the Wake Forest campus at dusk

We went test-optional more than a decade ago, so we know options work. That’s why Wake Forest Admissions wants to give you even more. You know you best, so you’ll decide the best way to tell us the story of you.

This year’s application will offer you choices about how to communicate your personality, perspective, and academic passions, whether it be through conceptually provocative essay questions, an interview, or a video submission.

First-Year Students

The time has come. We know you have done a lot to prepare, and we’re here to help you finish your application to Wake Forest.

International Students

International applicants may find information, specific to your needs, explained thoroughly by our Admissions team.

Transfer Students

We think you’ll find what you’re looking for at Wake Forest. Wake Forest Admissions will work with you to explain how our curriculum lines up with your transfer credits.


The stone arch to Hearn Plaza, on the campus of Wake Forest University

The option to do a virtual or video interview with us will only be available to seniors who have applied for the Fall 2024 semester. Once you have applied, you are eligible to request a virtual interview with us or submit a video response.


If you choose to request an interview or submit a video, you must do so within five days of submitting your application.

Please note that the last day to request an optional virtual interview is Friday, November 17. This means that, if you submit your application between November 13 and November 17, you will have fewer than five days to request a virtual interview. Again, the last day to request a virtual interview is November 17. This deadline does not apply to video submissions. Video submissions will still be welcome after that date.

Interview FAQs

Campus Tours

An aerial view of the Wake Forest campus

We welcome you to our campus! Many Wake Forest graduates say it was when they first visited campus that they knew this school was their first choice. It’s a wonderful experience to walk the Magnolia Quad, visit Wait Chapel, and speak with the faculty, staff, and students that make Wake Forest the special community that it is.

Student-Led Campus Tours

We are delighted that you want to see Wake Forest’s beautiful iconic campus, and take a student-led tour to gain insight to the undergraduate experience. Come take a tour and see what your future home may look like.

Self-Guided Tours

Visitors are allowed to visit campus to take a self-guided tour. Stop by the Porter Byrum Welcome Center to pick up a self-guided tour book or download it below. We look forward to welcoming you!

Virtual Campus Tour

We understand that many of you may not be able to make the trip to North Carolina to visit our campus in person. That’s why we’ve created online resources to let you experience the beauty, community, and academic rigor of Wake Forest University.


Wake Forest students walk through a tunnel of bright yellow gingko trees on their way to the library

We should talk about money. It’s a difficult conversation, but, when it comes to college, it’s unavoidable. College is expensive. So let’s talk about that. Sooner rather than later.

First of all, Wake Forest is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need with a combination of grants, scholarships, work study, and loans. We are committed to making a Wake Forest education accessible.

2023-24 Cost of Attendance: $87,556*

*Estimated. Includes: Housing, meal plans, books, expenses, and other fees.

Need help determining your eligibility for need-based aid? Try using our Net Price Calculator to help you with that. Wake Forest also offers merit-based scholarships, which are very selective, but we encourage you to learn more about them to see if you’re a good fit.

If you have questions, reach out to our Student Financial Aid office. They will be happy to assist you!

Information Sessions

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A liberal-arts education is about freedom. And we want to offer you the freedom to choose a number—or all!—of our online information sessions, featuring voices from throughout Wake Forest’s campus. Please take a look below for more information on our online offerings.

Distinctively Wake

Our live online session is a conversation where you can engage with Wake Forest University admissions representatives and a current student. These 45-minute live online sessions will be offered once a week and will alternate between Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. (ET).

Advice & Guidance

Demon Deacon

Advice for those applying Early Decision

For students who apply Early Decision I, you should receive your admissions decision at the end of the following month; however, it’s important that you heed this guidance from Associate Dean Thomas Ray.

Advice for prospective applicants

One parent recently asked us what good advice we had for her rising senior in high school. Here was our advice for her—and for you:

Advice from WFU Alum Emily Hellwig (’23)

Admissions Blog

Wake Forest campus in the fall

Let’s start with your getting to know us – and our getting to know you. Our blog shares information about our application questions, optional interviews and video submissions, and admissions procedures. We then let you know all the ways you can share with us your talents and accomplishments, thoughts and ideas, and motivations.

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