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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 virtual or 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
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 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
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, or a video submission.

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

The option to do a virtual or video interview with us will only be available to seniors who have applied for the Fall 2022 semester. Once you have applied, you are eligible to request a virtual interview with us or submit a video response to us.

The last day to request an optional interview is November 17. The last day to submit an optional video is January 5, 2022.

More on the Interview and Video Process »

  • Are interviews or video submissions required?

    No; they are optional. They are simply another opportunity for us to get to know you better. Plenty of people will be admitted without an interview or a video submission. Again, they are not required.

  • What takes place during an interview?

    After you submit your application, you may request a virtual interview. Interviews are generally 25 minutes long. We’ll ask you questions about your high school and classes, your academic interests, your most treasured books, your talents, your service work, what you think about, and what you are studying!

  • How do I need to prepare for my interview?

    So before you interview, think of things you want to make sure we know about you. This is your chance. Think about what you are most proud of, most energized by, most concerned about, most looking forward to about the future. Try to work those things into your interview responses. We always end our interviews with, “What have we forgotten to ask you that you need to tell me?” And happily, the response is usually, “Not a thing. You got it.”

  • How do I prepare my video submission?

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

  • Why do you interview and invite video submissions?

    Plain and simple: we interview and 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.

Information sessions are also offered prior to the start of the tour on Mondays and Fridays.

Plan Your Campus Visit »  On-Campus Info Sessions »

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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Associate Dean Paul Gauthier is the Territory Manager who oversees Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Please reach out to him if you have any questions! (link in profile) #WFU26 ...

Being considered and recognized are fundamental and positive parts of lived experience.

We hope you’ve been able to find that appreciative voice within yourself, but we’d also like the chance to consider and recognize you and your hard work.

To give us that opportunity, please apply to Wake Forest by 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 15.

We will fully consider all admissions applications received by then for merit-based scholarships.

You may apply Early Decision – for those who have fallen in love with Wake Forest as their first-choice school and want to commit – and you’ll hear back from us on a rolling basis.

OR you may apply Regular Decision. As with all of our application types, please feel free to apply via our Wake Forest University application or the Common or Coalition application (just add our name to your list of schools). With Regular Decision, you’ll hear back from us by April 1!

But again, no matter the application type, please apply by November 15 to be considered for merit-based scholarships.

We hope you’ll consider this opportunity for us to appreciate your achievements. #WFU26
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Associate Dean Janessa Dunn is the Territory Manager who oversees D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Please reach out to her if you have any questions! (link in profile) #WFU26 ...

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Here's a special shoutout to our student-led organization, OLAS. The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) at Wake Forest University focuses on hosting events that promote diversity awareness on campus and create a stronger sense of community for Latinx students. OLAS also volunteers to help the larger Latinx population in Winston-Salem. We welcome all students to join! #WFU26 ...

Senior Associate Dean Dawn Calhoun is the Territory Manager for North Carolina (Charlotte, the Triad area, and western North Carolina) and oversees our in-person and virtual campus programs, including student-led tours and Distinctively Wake (link in profile).

Distinctively Wake is our live online session that acts as a conversation where you can engage with Wake Forest University admissions representatives and a current student. These 45-minute live online sessions are offered once a week and will alternate between Tuesdays and Thursdays. #WFU26
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There’s no question you have questions. We have the answers.

Dean’s Corner is a live virtual information session hosted by the Dean of Admissions, Karen Vargas, who will address a topic of the month, on the first Thursday of each month (link in profile). You’ll be able to submit your question for the topic of the month when you register; then, we’ll answer them for you and take questions live through the chat feature. Each session takes place at 3 p.m. (ET) and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Dean Vargas is the territory manager for NY (New York City), FL (South), PR, AS, GU, the NP, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. #WFU26
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Heroes are those who are secure enough to be gracious, who recognize the communities from which they came, and who, after achieving their childhood dreams, embrace adult responsibilities.

Here are examples of heroes from Wake Forest:
* Founder of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Anthony Atala,
* Tycely Williams (‘97), who has led fundraising efforts that have raised more than $92 million for the YWCA and the American Red Cross,
* NBA MVP Chris Paul (‘07), who founded the CP3 Foundation to support his community, 
* James “Woody” Faircloth (‘90), a finalist for the 2019 CNN Hero of the Year award for his work to provide temporary housing for victims of California’s wildfires,
* Killian Noe (‘80), who founded the Recovery Café, in Seattle, Washington, for those battling addictions and living on the streets,
* Dr. Khalique Zahir (‘87), who leads medical-relief missions overseas, and
* baseball coach Tom Walter…who gave his outfielder his kidney!
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To learn even more about Wake Forest’s heroes, we hope you’ll look into our on-campus information sessions [https://apply.admissions.wfu.edu/portal/campusvisit] and student-led campus tours (link in profile). #WFU26
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HAPPENING NOW: VP for Enrollment Eric Maguire is offering an insider’s look at Wake Forest’s Early Decision, Early Decision II, and Regular Decision admissions processes during a special Dean’s Corner live virtual information session this Thursday, September 2, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time: (link in profile). We hope you’ll decide to join us! #WFU26 ...

Wake students love getting involved. We hope you do too! #InvolvementFair #WFU26 ...