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About Wake Forest

Wake Forest University is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest was founded in 1834 and now enrolls around 8,789 students a year, including 5,441 undergrads. Wake Forest offers housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Wake Forest! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Wake Forest's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Wake Forest students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Wake Forest has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Wake Forest has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Wake Forest on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Wake Forest on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Wake Forest by April 1.

2021 Wake Forest Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 32%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 34%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 50%
Tuition $58,708

Is Wake Forest a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at all of these areas to get a better idea of what Wake Forest offers and if it sounds like the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Wake Forest University

It is very difficult to get into Wake Forest. The acceptance rate at Wake Forest is 32%. Out of 11,959 applications received in 2021, 3,825 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wake Forest

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Wake Forest, around 94% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Wake Forest's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 91%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Wake Forest Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Wake Forest

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Wake Forest meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $58,372 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $36,016 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Wake Forest. Based on this information, how does Wake Forest sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Wake Forest a good school for you?

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Where is Wake Forest?

Wake Forest is located in the suburban setting of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

If you want to see Wake Forest for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 to Winston-Salem, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Piedmont Triad International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Wake Forest and Winston-Salem are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1834 Wake Forest Road PO Box 7373 Reynolda Station Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Campus Setting: Suburban

Wake Forest Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Wake Forest is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Wake Forest is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wake Forest ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 33

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1300 - 1460


Math SAT Range

650 - 750


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

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Wake Forest Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Wake Forest is like? There are approximately 8,789 students enrolled at Wake Forest, including 5,441 undergraduate students and 3,348 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 21% percent are from NC and 79% percent of students are from other states.


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