January 1 Regular Decision Deadline Approaches!

We are not trying to incite panic – there are still over two weeks to go until January 1! However, midnight on New Year’s Day will be here before you know it. Between studying for exams and finding that special gift for a loved one, we know that many of you are working hard on your application.

What follows is important information for all regular decision applicants to Wake Forest. First, remember that you are allowed to work on your application all day on Friday, January 1. If you experience a technical issue and your application is not officially submitted until 12:15 a.m on Saturday the 2nd, please do not worry. No need to contact us or to apologize – we understand that technical issues can and do happen and your application will not be looked upon negatively in any way.


We think that you might find it valuable to understand how we process applications. Assembling the pieces of your application takes a great deal of time. We are (still!) an Admissions Committee that reads “on paper.” This means that every application, transcript, report, and essay must be printed (because almost every document is submitted online), filed, and then manually checked before your application is cleared for review. It will take a few weeks for applications, regardless of whether they were submitted online or via mail, to be processed and entered into our system. With January 1 falling on a Friday this year, the processing of most applications submitted the final two weeks of the year will not even begin until January 4 (our office is closed December 23 through January 3).

Because of this, we ask that you not contact our office to check that your application has been received. We do not email students a confirmation stating that we have received your application (we will send you an email once your file is complete and ready for review). Instead, we encourage you to track your own application status on your Window to Wake Forest account page. After February 1, if you feel that your Window does not accurately reflect what you or your school submitted on your behalf, please contact our office. We will either assure you that the documents have successfully arrived or will suggest a secondary method of submitting what is missing. We will also send you a reminder email in February with a list of the required components of your application that we have yet to receive. Even if you do not plan on tracking your application status via your Window, please visit the link above to add or edit your primary email address (making sure that the one you add is identical to that you presented on your application). Finally, be sure to check your spam folder in February and March for emails from all of the colleges to which you are applying.

We do not track the receipt of supplementary materials (documents or items that are not required as part of our process). Please do not contact us asking whether these items have arrived. Trust that if you or someone on your behalf submits to us additional information beyond that which is required, it will successfully be added to your application. That said, understand that items beyond your application, school report, transcript, and teacher recommendation will play a small role (if any) in how your application is evaluated.

Applications from students who apply but were unable to schedule an interview will be marked complete and ready for review later in January after all other materials are received and processed. Until then, your checklist will indicate “incomplete” even if all required components have been received. For those who applied by our December 1 scholarships deadline, know that even though your application will not be marked complete until later in January, it will still be considered for all of our merit-based scholarship programs.

We will continue to provide updates throughout the review season here on the blog. Good luck and Happy Holidays from all of us on the Admissions Committee at Wake Forest!

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