Wake Forest School of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) of the AAMC. Formal application for admission to the first-year class must be submitted through AMCAS. Appropriate information about this medical training application procedure may be obtained from premedical advisors, the Wake Forest School of Medicine Admissions Office, or from AMCAS. Learn more about AMCAS.
Applicants are encouraged to review the annual volume of the AAMC publication, [Medical School Admission Requirements hyperlink: http://www.wakehealth.edu/school/admissions-requirements.htm]. Copies are available for $25.00 prepaid, fourth class mail. Applications to Wake Forest School of Medicine are received from AMCAS from July 15 to the November 1 deadline. Because AMCAS will not forward applications received after November 1, students are urged to apply as early as possible. Upon receipt of the AMCAS application, the Committee on Admissions evaluates each applicant. Those who cannot be interviewed are notified. Other applicants receive a Secondary Application before December 15. Completion of the secondary application requires a $65 nonrefundable processing fee along with a Pre Med Committee evaluation or a minimum of 2 letters of recommendation.
Letters of Recommendation
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) collects the letters of recommendations for applicants to the School of Medicine. The Committee on Admissions prefers a premed committee report if your school has one. If not, then two letters of recommendation, one from science, and one from non-science are required. If your school uses a letter service to collect letters from your undergraduate faculty, that packet of letters will be accepted. If you have graduated undergrad and are in a graduate program or are working then a letter from your graduate advisor or your employer will be accepted. Additional letters are accepted, up to a total of eight.
After the Secondary Application, MCAT scores, and letter(s) of evaluation are received, the completed application is reviewed by the Committee on Admissions, and candidates are invited for interview. Approximately 9 percent of all applicants are asked to visit Wake Forest School of Medicine for interviews from September through March. Academic achievement, academic improvement, MCAT scores, state of residence, and letters of recommendation are considered in selecting applicants for interview. Thus, all applicants for interview are considered competitively.
By the end of April all applicants are notified of the action of the Committee on Admissions: acceptance, placement on the waiting list, or rejection. Those retained on the waiting list are considered for vacancies as accepted applicants withdraw; this list is maintained until school begins. An applicant who is accepted is asked to respond in writing within 2 weeks. Upon acceptance of a medical application offer, a holding place fee must be submitted before you can become a member of the teaching hospital team here at Wake Health. This fee, which is credited toward tuition, is refundable until May 1.
Criminal background checks are required for all entering students and are processed by Certiphi screening through AMCAS.
Well qualified college students upon completion of the sophomore year may apply for acceptance to the class entering two years later through Early Assurance Program (EAP). Eligibility is limited to Wake Forest undergraduates only and requires an overall GPA of 3.5, a science GPA of 3.5 for each semester in school and completion of half of the prerequisites. The MCAT will not be required. Application is made through AMCAS by the November 1 deadline, asking consideration for the EAP. The applicant must be a permanent resident or citizen of the US and must agree to complete requisite courses, to continue the same or better academic excellence, to demonstrate high ethical conduct, and not to apply to any other medical school. Non-acceptance by the EAP does not influence future applications. The EAP should not be confused with the Early Decision Program.
Application for Early Decision can be made through AMCAS from June 1 to August 1. Early Decision candidates are informed of their program status in September and offers of acceptance made by October 1. The MCAT is required for this program.
Security and Fire Safety Information
The WFU School of Medicine is committed to assisting all members of the campus community in providing for their own safety and security. Information regarding campus security, personal safety, and fire safety including topics such as crime prevention, law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, crime statistics for the most recent three year period, and disciplinary procedures is available on the School of Medicine website in the Campus Security Act. You can print a copy from this page or if you would like a booklet containing this information, you can contact a representative of Medical Center Security at 336-713-2309.