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Wake Forest University

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

About Wake Forest

Wake Forest University Overview

Wake Forest University is a private, nonprofit school in the suburban setting of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest was founded in 1834 and the school presently has around 8,947 students a year, which includes 5,472 undergraduates. Wake Forest provides housing for students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is January 1.

Student Activities at Wake Forest

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school'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.

Thinking of pledging? 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.

2022 Wake Forest Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 25%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 23%
Tuition $62,128
Percent of Need Met 98%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $55,478

Is Wake Forest a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can provide a sense of how competitive a school is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better view of what Wake Forest offers and if the school could be a good fit for you.

Wake Forest Acceptance Rate 2022

Wake Forest is very difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Wake Forest is 25%. Last year, 15,156 students applied to Wake Forest and 3,816 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wake Forest

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure 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. Around 91% of students who started at Wake Forest earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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 Outcomes for Wake Forest Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Wake Forest by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Wake Forest directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Wake Forest

Tuition 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 98% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $55,478 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $36,609 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available 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! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Wake Forest.

Based on this information, is Wake Forest the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school 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 are interested in seeing 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

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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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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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