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Final Note On Applying To Wake Forest

It’s the most important email … of the year! Ok, not at all true, but what follows is good information for all regular decision applicants to Wake Forest. January 1 is almost here and with it, 2015 and our regular decision application deadline. You are allowed to work on your application all day on Thursday, January 1 before clicking submit. If you experience a technical issue and your application is not officially submitted until after the stroke of midnight, please do not panic. There is no need to contact us or to apologize. We understand that technical issues can and do happen – your application will not be looked upon negatively in any way.

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We would like to give you some insight on how we process applications. Assembling the pieces of your application takes a great deal of time. We are an Admissions Committee that still reads “on paper,” meaning every application, transcript, report, and essay must be printed, 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.

We ask that you not contact our office to check that your application has been received. We do not email students confirmations stating that we have received your application. 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. Finally, be sure to check your spam folder in February and March for emails from the colleges you are applying to!

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 (see our previous post – interview appointments are no longer available) 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!

On Interviews

December 1 was the final day to request an interview with a member of our Admissions Committee. Because of overwhelming demand for Skype interviews, we added a note on the interview request form back in early November stating that all webcam interview slots were full through the end of our interview season and that requests for webcam interviews could no longer be scheduled. Thus, if you asked for a Skype interview we will not be able to accommodate you.

If you made a request for an interview (Skype or on campus) by the December 1 deadline and have not heard from us, you will … but give us time. Again, Skype requests cannot be met and the response will indicate this. Our interview coordinator will be poring over our calendars to find spots to schedule those of you who wish to travel to campus however many of these requests will not be granted because of limited availability. Emails will go out in the order requests were received through next week. If you made a request after December 1 you will not receive a confirmation email from us. Finally, we do not offer alumni interviews.

Now the rub – if you don’t get an interview, you could still be admitted. We enter into our interview season June 1st knowing full well that we will not interview everyone who will apply. Each year, we are able to honor almost every single interview request that we receive through the first weeks of November but, invariably, interest picks up later in the month and we must turn some folks away. We could hem and haw about how you had over seven months to schedule your interview but we get it – your interest in Wake Forest may be a “new thing.” Unfortunately, with reading season dawning we necessarily must stop interviewing soon and as such cannot accommodate everyone.

Fortunately, we offer other ways for you to show us a different side of yourself. Seven other ways, in fact. When preparing your essay and your answers to the six short response prompts on our application or Common Application supplement, take advantage of the opportunity to give us a glimpse into what drives you intellectually. Tell us what you’ve read, what you’ve done, what you think. About what? About any and everything that is important to you. We are pretty good at “reading” people (literally … combined our Admissions Committee has over 100 years experience reviewing applications!). Seek to be as thoughtful with your responses as you believe you would be to questions in an interview. We look forward to learning more about you during application review.

Tracking Your Application Status

As we here at Wake Forest thought might happen, so very many of you have been hitting “submit” and sending us your applications over the course of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thank you! Because December 1 comes on the Monday after Thanksgiving, we will be working overtime to download and process all of your application materials. Unfortunately, doing it overnight in an accurate and organized fashion is simply impossible. It will take a couple of weeks before we are caught up with all of the materials we have received and will continue to receive through tomorrow evening.

As always, we encourage you to track your application status on your Window to Wake Forest page. We only ask that you give us some time before pressing the panic button (better yet, never panic!). Further, worry not about having a complete application on 12/1 – we will be reviewing applications for many, many weeks to come. To all of you that have already hit submit – we are grateful. To those burning the midnight oil … you have 24 hours remaining (give or take, time zone differences notwithstanding). Good luck!

Technical Issues With The Wake Forest Application “Talk To Me” Video Website Fixed!

The link to view the “Talk To Me” video to be watched prior to answering the essay prompt on our online Wake Forest University application has been repaired. Students applying online can now access the video without issue.

For those attempting to view the video through the PDF version of our application, it can be viewed in its entirety below. Again, you may disregard this post if you are applying to Wake Forest via the Common Application or if you have already submitted your application. Thank you all and good luck!

What Does A Student Need To Do To Be Eligible For Merit-Based Scholarships?”

At Wake Forest, we want to consider as many students as possible for our selective scholarships. This is why our admissions application doubles as a merit-based application for most of our academic awards (including our full-cost of attendance Carswell, Gordon, Reynolds, and Stamps Leadership scholarships).

Students wishing to be considered for most merit-based awards at Wake Forest need only submit a complete application for undergraduate admissions by December 1. Students that complete their applications by December 1 and interview after that date will still be considered for merit-based scholarships.  Turning in the application a month before our regular admissions deadline ensures that we have time to review your application for both admissions and scholarships.

Some of our scholarships are merit within need in nature and recipients will have to demonstrate that they are not only deserving of the award, but also that they need the financial help.   If you believe your family will qualify for need-based aid, it is important that you also meet the Financial Aid deadlines so that we may consider you for awards like the Heritage Scholarship.

Finalists for our full cost scholarships will receive an invitation to one of our scholarship weekends in February or March.  Our smaller merit-based scholarships do not require a winter interview – we mail notices for these awards to their recipients around the same time (approximately April 1st) as the Financial Aid office mails their award packages to need-based recipients.

A reminder that the application deadline for our talent-based scholarship program is also December 1st. I encourage you to review Dean Pilon’s description of the Presidential Scholarship program if you are interested. Good luck!

For more information on merit-based scholarships at Wake Forest, please visit our Merit-based scholarships website.

Paul Gauthier ’93
Associate Dean, Merit-based Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship For Distinguished Achievement Deadline Is 12/1

Deadline alert! The December 1 application deadline for the Presidential Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Art, Dance, Debate, Music or Theatre is fast-approaching. Remember that if you want your artistic talent to be considered as part of your application to Wake Forest you need to submit an application for the Presidential Scholarship. In addition, note that both your application for admission and the Presidential Scholarship application must be submitted by the December 1st deadline.

I’ve attached below a promotional video that was put together by the president of the Wake Forest University Dance Company. If you happen to be in our area this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, we’d love to see you at the Fall Dance Concert!

Lori Pilon ’12
Assistant Dean, Merit- and Talent-Based Scholarships

Wake Forest Ranks 3rd For Undergraduate Study Abroad Participation

As reported in the 2014 Open Doors report published by the Institution of International Education (IIE), Wake Forest ranked 3rd in the country among doctoral colleges and universities in the United States in the percentage of undergraduate students who study abroad for academic credit.

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Lest you think we are satisfied, know that we are committed to increasing the percentage of students studying abroad to 75% by 2020. Our current capital campaign “Wake Will” has already raised more than $3 million for study abroad scholarships, many targeted specifically for underrepresented populations and first-generation college students. In other words, we’re not resting on our laurels. Our News Center published a terrific article today where you can learn more about recent initiatives and efforts to improve study abroad opportunities by our Center for Global Programs and Studies – give it a read.

Pre-Medical And Pre-Dental Students Give Back, Gain Experience

Over 100 Wake Forest University students, many members of our Pre-Dental Student Association and our pre-medical school honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta, volunteered at a free regional dental clinic this past weekend. Junior Pierre Duncan documented the experience of serving hundreds of patients in need of dental care – it’s worth a look:

Early Decision Deadline Is Tomorrow – November 15

Amazingly, it is but a day before November 15 and our Early Decision application deadline. As you approach the weekend and work to finalize your application, we ask but one small favor – take a deep breath, then exhale. There is a chance that something may go wrong when you hit submit tomorrow. Deep breath, exhale. If you wait until the last minute, the application may not push through until after midnight on the 15th. Deep breath. Exhale.

GremlinHere’s the reality, folks. We will not be back at work until Monday morning. You need to work to have your application in by the deadline but we are not watching the clock and judging submission times. We know that technology can go on the fritz and that Gremlins are real. We understand that sometimes things happen beyond your control and as such are on your side.

Once submitted, we ask that you not contact our office to see if your application has been received. It will take a handful of weeks for applications, regardless of how they were submitted, to be processed and entered into our system. The same holds true of supporting documents (school reports, ED agreements, teacher recommendations and the like). We encourage you to track your own application status on your Window to Wake Forest account page but know that items will not appear instantly on your checklist. Applicants who apply through tomorrow and who work diligently to submit all of their supporting documentation soon thereafter will be notified prior to the January 1 regular decision deadline of most colleges and universities.

Trust me – we’re taking deep breaths and exhaling too! Breath easy!

Important Update For All 2015 Spring Term Transfer Applicants

Because of the size of the first year class that enrolled in August and the large number of current Wake Forest sophomores, juniors and seniors who are returning to campus, the Admissions Committee will not be evaluating transfer applications this year. Simply stated, we have four full classes and are unable to accommodate any additional students this January.

Instructions will be mailed to students who have already applied on how to change your application term for Fall 2015 consideration or to request a refund of your application fee. If you have any questions please contact our office (336.758.5201). We sincerely appreciate the effort you put into your application and wish you well going forward.