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About Wake Forest

Wake Forest University is a private, nonprofit school in an 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 up to 0 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

There are 11 undergraduate students for every full-time Wake Forest professor.

2021 Wake Forest Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 32%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 34%
Tuition $58,708

Wake Forest Regular Decision Deadline 2022

January 1 is the final deadline to submit an application for Fall. All regular decision applicants will be notified by April 1.

Early Admission at Wake Forest

Wake Forest University offers early decision but does not offer early action.

34% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Wake Forest.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Wake Forest University

It is very difficult to get into Wake Forest. Wake Forest admitted 32% of all applicants in 2021. Last year, 11,959 students applied to Wake Forest and 3,825 were admitted.

Wake Forest Waitlist

Wake Forest reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Wake Forest University?

Wake Forest is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Wake Forest, applicants must submit the following items.

Wake Forest Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Wake Forest

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Wake Forest.

Is Wake Forest Test Optional?

Wake Forest is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 50% submitted the SAT. 45% submitted the ACT.

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Does Wake Forest Provide Dorms?

Yes! Wake Forest provides on-campus housing for students.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Wake Forest.

Financial Aid at Wake Forest

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.

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

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. 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.

Is Wake Forest a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Wake Forest

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Wake Forest, around 94% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 1,287 students who started at Wake Forest as first-time freshman, 1,098 graduate within four years.

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 Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $36,016 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Wake Forest sound? Remember, the best school 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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Wake Forest SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1300 - 1460


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650 - 750


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640 - 720

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Wake Forest Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

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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