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Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate25%
Acceptance Rate25%

About Wake Forest

Wake Forest University is a prestigious private university ranked among the top universities in the United States. Wake Forest is known for its strong academic programs, distinguished faculty, and holistic approach to education. 

Some of the most popular majors at Wake Forest University include biology, psychology, english, communication, political science, and computer science. Students are encouraged to participate in hands-on learning and the university offers many opportunities including student research, internships, community service, and community service. 

The student community at Wake Forest is strong and supportive. The university has a relatively small number of students, so there are many opportunities for small group interactions and even close interactions between students and faculty. 

Wake Forest University is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and competes against schools like Clemson and UNC Chapel Hill at the NCAA Division I level. Sports culture at Wake Forest is strong, and students are eager to support the Wake Forest Demon Deacons teams. The basketball team is particularly successful and has a rich and passionate fan base. Other popular sports at Wake Forest include football, soccer, field hockey, and tennis. 

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Wake Forest University emphasizes the importance of global engagement for students. The university offers many programs that promote international study opportunities like study abroad, the cross-cultural engagement program, and global studies courses. 

What the CC Community is saying about Wake Forest

"There are plenty of “intellectuals” but I would say the scale weighs more heavily to the equally smart, but more active types. From what we’ve seen [. . .] Wake is full of very smart, sharp, active students that are serious about their studies but like to have a good time."

"Our impression was that Greek life was a large part of the social scene, and then there are the ‘Work Forest’ and ‘Work Hard Play Hard’ phrases that go along with the school."

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Wake Forest University is a private, nonprofit college in the suburb of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest was founded in 1834. The college currently enrolls around 8,947 students per year, including 5,472 undergrads.

Wake Forest Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Wake Forest. The acceptance rate at Wake Forest is 25%. In 2022, 3,816 out of 15,156 total applicants were accepted.

Wake Forest University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 25%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 23%

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Wake Forest University is locatedin the town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina,.

If you are interested in seeing Wake Forest for yourself, be sure to 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.

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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

Not available

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

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

Wake Forest University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Wake Forest SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1380 - 1480


Math SAT Range

680 - 770


Reading SAT Range

670 - 730

Wake Forest Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Wake Forest is like? There are approximately 8,947 students enrolled at Wake Forest, including 5,472 undergraduate students and 3,475 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 27% percent are from NC and 73% percent of students are from other states.


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