Admissions Process

Wake Forest School of Medicine receives more than 9,000 applications each year, with 120 applicants chosen to matriculate. Applicants are considered based on their academic and personal qualifications, with attention given to the values of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  These values include: Excellence, Compassion, Service, Integrity, Diversity, Collegiality, and Innovation.   

Steps in the Admissions Process:

  1. Applicants considering admission to Wake Forest School of Medicine should use the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC’s) centralized medical school application processing service.  Applications are received by AMCAS from June 1 to November 1 of each year with the exception of Early Decision applications, due by August 1.  Only applications that are verified are uploaded to the Office of Admissions of Wake Forest School of Medicine.  Please note that once the application is uploaded it may take 7-10 business days for the admissions office to acknowledge receipt of the application. 
  2. Applications received from AMCAS are reviewed by the admissions office and applicants considered for a secondary application will be contacted via email.  Secondary applications are due three weeks from the date the applicant receives the invitation to complete the secondary application. 
  3. Applicants must return their secondary application and have all letters of evaluation uploaded to AMCAS before their file can be marked complete and ready for review by the Committee on Admissions.  Applications marked complete will be reviewed continuously through the interview season (September – March).  Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

The Office of Student Admissions does not accept grade or coursework updates after the AMCAS application has been submitted.  Students can email other updates to to be placed in their file but we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions. 

Accepted students are required to complete a criminal background check. Wake Forest School of Medicine participates in the AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check Service; processed by Certiphi Screening, Inc. Accepted students will also be required to provide official transcripts to the Office of Admissions with conferral noted.



Quick Reference

MD Program
Student Admissions

Phone 336-716-4264
Fax 336-716-9593

Mon - Fri; 9 am to 4 pm


Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 1st Floor, 475 Vine St.

Mailing Address

Office of MD Admissions
Wake Forest School of Medicine
PO Box 573183
Winston Salem, NC 27157

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