2013 November

The Merit-Based and Presidential Scholarship Application Deadline is December 1

A reminder that the application deadline for our academic merit-based and talent-based scholarship programs is this Sunday, December 1. I encourage you to review Dean Gauthier’s outline of our merit-based scholarship application process and Dean Pilon’s description of the Presidential Scholarship program if you are interested. Good luck!

Thanksgiving, Hannukah and another Rhodes Scholar

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hannukah. I found this short Time Magazine piece on the five things the two holidays have in common both thoughtful and clever. Nowhere more than on a college campus can one relate with the fifth point – each is a reason to go home!

We college admissions officers do take time off during this long holiday weekend to be with our families and to stuff ourselves silly – don’t you worry. But we’ll also be carrying applications with us as there are plenty of files to read. That’s right, paper files, close to one pound each – we read the old fashioned way. Our goal is to have almost all of our early decision and spring transfer decisions mailed out to applicants before we leave for the Christmas holiday. Early decision applications are up for us this year, giving us more to do than we have in recent memory (we will release numbers when we have an official tally in a few weeks). Thursday will be for eating, Friday for reading. I am not one for the chaos of Black Friday shopping anyway, so this suits me just fine.

If you are curious about your application status, remember you can track it yourself by visiting our Window to Wake Forest page. We notify applicants of decisions by mail only.

Finally, the holidays came early for us here at Wake Forest when James O’Connell, BA 2013 in Politics and International Affairs, was named a Rhodes Scholar. From his work to help establish the LBTGQ Center at Wake Forest to his senior thesis on Al-Qaeda after 9/11, James has done tremendous work both inside and outside of the classroom since coming to Wake Forest from Tampa, FL in 2009. Congratulations, Jim!

Early Decision Deadline is Tomorrow, November 15

November 15 is upon us and with it comes our early decision application deadline. Over 200 high school seniors have already been admitted into the class of 2018 through our rolling early decision review process. Applicants who apply through tomorrow will be notified prior to the January 1 regular decision deadline of most colleges and universities. For more information, please visit our early decision application webpage.

The Dignity and Respect Campaign

Dignity and Respect CampaignYesterday, an overflow crowd of close to 600 people packed into our Brendle Recital Hall to celebrate the conclusion of the first month of our Dignity and Respect Campaign. While the entire event was inspiring, Reynolds Professor of American Studies, renowned poet and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou’s speech was a particular highlight. I encourage you to listen to Dr. Angelou talk about “the beauty of respect, civility, kindness, generosity, intelligence.” The entire event can be viewed on our Livestream event webpage.

Final Travel Tuesday for 2013

Our Travel Tuesday series for this season comes to a close today. We have but two trips remaining, one but a handful of hours from here, the other . . . a bit further!

This week: Chattanooga, TN and Beijing, China

Next week: Shanghai and Suzhou, China

November 16-18: Guangzhou and Foshan, China

November 19-20: Shenzhen, China

November 20-22: Hong Kong