With an acceptance rate around 40%, Wake Forest University is one of the more selective test-optional colleges in the country. Nearly all successful applicants have grades that are well above average, and although students do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores, those numbers tend to be above average as well. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. As you can see, most accepted students had averages in the "A" range. Applicants don't need to worry about standardized test scores, but you can see that the typical accepted student had an SAT score of 1800 or higher and an ACT score of 26 or higher.
Keep in mind that there are a significant number of yellow dots (waitlisted students) and a few red dots (rejected students) mixed in with the green and blue up in the "A" range of the graph. Some students with grades that were on target for Wake Forest did not get in. Note also that a few students were accepted grades below the norm. This is because Wake Forest, like many of the country's most selective colleges, has holistic admissions and uses the Common Application. The folks in the admissions office are interested in much more than raw numbers. Rigorous high school courses, strong extracurricular involvement, glowing letters of recommendation, and a winning application essay are all important parts of a successful Wake Forest application.
To learn more about Wake Forest University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Wake Forest University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?
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