Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University


Mailing Address: 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Rank on 2008 List: 12

Rank on 2006 List: 22

Average GPA: Don’t calculate

Matriculation Rate of African Americans: 94%

Total Enrollment: 4,236

African American Enrollment: 267

Acceptance Rate: 42%

*Average SAT Scores: Reading: 610-700; Math: 630-710; Writing: N/A

Name of Black Student Group: Black Student Alliance

Summer Programs: None

Application Deadline(s): Regular Admission: Jan. 15; Early Admission: Nov. 15

Start Sending Acceptance Letters: Early admission: Dec. 15

Financial Aid Deadline: Mar. 1

Costs: Tuition: $36,975; Housing: $9,945; Books: $850

Greek Organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.

*25th Percentile-75th Percentile


What are you looking for in a student?

In general we are looking for well-rounded students with great intellectual curiosity. Wake Forest University’s goal is to admit well-qualified students. High school curriculum and classroom performance combined with the student’s writing ability, extracurricular activities and evidence of character and talent will remain the most important criteria for admission. Wake Forest University has a very holistic review process. Typically, enrolled students fall in the top 10% of their high school senior class.

Essays are very important and applicants should use this as an opportunity to set themselves apart from others who may apply. We offer a long essay and several brief response questions.

We will look at an applicant’s recommendations. Wake Forest University requires two — one from a teacher and one from a high school guidance counselor. We prefer that the teacher recommendation comes from a teacher who has taught the applicant in either the junior or senior year of high school in a core academic class.

We will also review an applicant’s co-curricular activities. We like to see students who demonstrate commitment and passion for areas of interest outside of the classroom. Leadership in these endeavors is a plus!

Lastly, Wake Forest University is now test-optional. With the new policy, students who do not wish to have test scores evaluated as a part of the application process may choose not to do so. Students who still wish test scores to be considered still have this as an option.

What advice do you have for students who might fall short of minimum requirements, but still want to attend?

Students who might fall short of Wake Forest University’s admissions requirements are encouraged to apply as transfer students. We welcome applications from transfer students each semester. Students may seek enrollment to Wake Forest University as early as the spring semester of their freshmen year. Typically, transfer applicants have pursued a curriculum or course load similar to their peers at Wake Forest. For additional information regarding