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Wake Forest Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Wake Forest, the regular decision application deadline is January 1 and the application fee is $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Wake Forest Admissions Stats at a Glance

Wake Forest 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 73%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 50%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 45%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Wake Forest?

Wake Forest University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Wake Forest is 34%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 32%. In 2021, Wake Forest admitted 773 of the 2241 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Wake Forest?

Wake Forest is a very difficult school to get into. Wake Forest evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Wake Forest accepted 32% of students, around 3,825 of the 11,959 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Wake Forest, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult.

Wake Forest has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Wake Forest Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Wake Forest

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Wake Forest 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Wake Forest must submit the following items. Double check with Wake Forest's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Wake Forest?

Out of all students that were admitted, 23% submitted a class rank. At Wake Forest 73% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 92% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Wake Forest University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 23%

Wake Forest does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Wake Forest does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 50% of Wake Forest's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Wake Forest?

To be competitive with other Wake Forest applicants, you should strive to earn between 1300 and 1460 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Wake Forest 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1460 and 25% of scored lower than 1300, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Wake Forest students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Wake Forest students scored 720 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Wake Forest?

To be most competitive at Wake Forest, you should strive to earn between 30 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Wake Forest's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Wake Forest students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Wake Forest University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Wake Forest. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Wake Forest during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Wake Forest Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Wake Forest?

Students who are admitted to Wake Forest must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Wake Forest accept transfer credits?

Wake Forest accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Wake Forest accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Wake Forest accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Wake Forest?

Wake Forest is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Wake Forest's acceptance rate?

Wake Forest's acceptance rate is 32%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Wake Forest?

Wake Forest's early decision acceptance rate was 34% in 2021.

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Wake Forest Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Wake Forest? Wake Forest is a very selective institution. The Wake Forest acceptance rate is 32%. This means that the institution accepts 31 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

Wake Forest ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


30 to 33


30 and Less


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Wake Forest SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1300 - 1460


Math SAT Range

650 - 750


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

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Wake Forest GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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