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Wake Forest University

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!


Getting Started

The “To Do” List

Important dates and deadlines as well as a checklist of things to do before you apply

Apply

Apply

Information for high-school seniors, international students, and transfer applicants

Interviews

Interviews

A video interview is a great way for us to get to know you better. It’s completely optional though.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours

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

Affordability

Affordability

A Wake Forest education is within your reach.

Connect With Us

Advice & Guidance

Virtual information sessions, advice from our staff and current students

The “To Do” List

Students walking on campus o a sunny spring day

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.

Interviews Virtual interviews (optional) will be available after your application for admission has been submitted. Aug. 16 – Early Dec.
Virtual Information Sessions Join us for Distinctively Wake, Dean’s Corner, and the International Hour. Varies
Need-Based Financial Aid Application For Early Decision I applicants Nov. 15
Early Decision I If Wake Forest is your first-choice college Nov. 15
Merit-Based Scholarship Scholarship programs that recognize extraordinary achievement, leadership, and talent Nov. 15
Last Day to Request an Interview For those who want to interview with our office Nov. 17
Need-Based Financial Aid Application For Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants Jan. 1
Early Decision II If you meet the ED II deadline, you will receive a response from us on February 15. Jan. 1
Regular Decision For those who don’t apply for ED Jan. 1
Last Day to Submit a Video For those who want to submit a short video (optional) about the current event that most intrigues them and why Jan. 5

Make a list. Check it again. And again.

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’s what we encourage you to do before applying to Wake Forest.

Apply

Wait Chapel and Hearn Plaza, on the campus of Wake Forest University

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, a personal interview (now closed), or a video submission (now closed).

High School Applicants

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.

 

I’m Ready to Apply »

 

International Applicants

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

 

I’m Ready to Apply »

 

Transfer Applicants

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.

 

I’m Ready to Apply »

 

Interviews

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

Online interviews and video submissions have concluded for this year’s application cycle.

More on the Virtual Interview and Video Process »

  • Are video submissions required?

    No; it is optional. It is simply another opportunity for us to get to know you better. Plenty of people will be admitted without a video submission. Again, it is not required.

  • How do I prepare my video submission?

    Check out our blog where we give you steps in the right direction!

  • Why do you invite video submissions?

    Plain and simple: we invite video submissions because we want to know as much about you as possible in the admissions process.

    And not just what’s on your transcript or your recommendation letters or the essay that may have had some editorial suggestions from Mom or your English teacher.

    Wake Forest is a place that values intellectual curiosity, character, community, inclusion, and open-mindedness, and, in the course of our virtual-interview conversations or our video-essay question, we’re going to explore that.

    We want to hear from students who can speak about their intellectual interests!

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.

Campus tourStudent-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.

The campus tour lasts for about an hour and provides insight into academics and what it’s like to be a student on campus.

Plan Your Campus Visit »

Self-Guided Walking Tour Guidebook CoverNo Appointment Required

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!

Download the Self-Guided Tour Book »

The cupola of the ZSR Library on a fall day at Wake ForestCan’t Make It? No Problem!

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.

Explore Campus »

Affordability

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.


2021-22 Cost of Attendance: $79,950*

*Estimated. Includes: Housing, meal plans, books and 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 financial aid office. They will be happy to assist you!

Costs & Fees »  Net Price Calculator »

Advice & Guidance

Wake Forest Ironworks

One day, Wake Forest professors will give you insights and wisdom, but, right now, it’s on us! Here’s some advice for preparing for college, as well as ways (below) to get — and stay! — connected with us.

Get All Your Wake Advice Here »

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).

View Dates and Register »

Dean’s Corner

Make a personal connection with Wake Forest University’s Dean of Admissions, Karen Vargas, through Dean’s Corner! This is an opportunity to attend a live virtual webinar where you can submit questions through the chat feature. Get an insider point-of-view about the admissions process at Wake Forest and how to put your best foot forward.

View Dates and Register »

The International Hour

We know international students have special circumstances as they apply to attend Wake Forest, and we’re here to guide you through the process. Associate Dean Niki McInteer is available through The International Hour. Get answers about visas, TOEFL scores, and scholarships. If you have specific questions about applying as an applicant from abroad, this is the space to find answers.

View Dates and Register »


Our Philosophy

Pro Humanitate, “for humanity,” is our guiding philosophy and university motto. Wake Foresters embody the motto in myriad ways – by creating art, conducting research, mentoring peers, or connecting with others in the local community. In his piece “The Meaning of a Motto,” professor James Powell notes, “Pro Humanitate calls us to consider what we are as human beings and what constitutes genuine human flourishing.”

More on Pro Humanitate »


Additional Information

Don’t get left behind! Keep up with what’s happening at Wake Forest.

Blog iconAdmissions Blog

From The Forest is a blog maintained by the undergraduate admissions office at Wake Forest University. We look forward to sharing our thoughts with you!

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

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If you are not finding the information you need, or have a specific question not addressed on this site, please feel free to reach out to us for assistance.

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Doing your best, most meaningful work is a matter of finding the right context.

Now that our deadline is near (can you spot 1/1 in the image above?), find the right place to write and complete your application to Wake Forest.

And consider our binding Early Decision II plan. With this plan, you’ll hear back from us on February 15.

We want you to know that Wake Forest is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships, work-study, and subsidized loans.

Apply today! #WFU26
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Doing your best, most meaningful work is a matter of finding the right context.

Now that our deadline is near (can you spot 1/1 in the image above?), find the right place to write and complete your application to Wake Forest.

And consider our binding Early Decision II plan. With this plan, you’ll hear back from us on February 15.

We want you to know that Wake Forest is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships, work-study, and subsidized loans.

Apply today! #WFU26
...

Doing your best, most meaningful work is a matter of finding the right context.

Now that our deadline is near (can you spot 1/1 in the image above?), find the right place to write and complete your application to Wake Forest.

And consider our binding Early Decision II plan. With this plan, you’ll hear back from us on February 15.

We want you to know that Wake Forest is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships, work-study, and subsidized loans.

Apply today! #WFU26
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