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Our Applicant Pool and Admission Decisions

After sharing the news via Twitter that our decision letters were placed in the mail yesterday, we were met with a number of excited if not nervous responses. We know that the opportunity to attend Wake Forest is very important to so many of you. Four years of rigorous high school coursework, of service in your communities, of participation in symphonic orchestras and in musicals and on debate and athletic teams – you shared with us your hard work and commitment with the hope that we would offer you a place in the class of 2018. Trust me – we understand and appreciate your enthusiasm for this place!

For the third consecutive year, we received over 11,000 applications for a freshman class of 1250 students. We admitted approximately 34% of the applicant pool. 500 students were accepted last fall through our Early Decision process, meaning there were roughly 3250 letters of admission mailed yesterday.

We are thrilled with the composition of our admitted class. 54% of the class is made up of women. 29% are students of color. 5% are international applicants while 23% come from North Carolina. In order, our top six states represented in the applicant pool are North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Georgia. All told, at least one student from every single state will receive an offer of admission. In addition, applications were received from students living in 44 countries. 64% of admitted applicants who attend schools that calculate an actual class rank are in the top 5% of their class with 89% within the top 10%.

With an admission rate of 34%, it goes without saying that many of you will not receive the letter you have been hoping for. Some will be invited to remain on our wait list, a process that is explained with your decision letter. Others will be denied admission. It is our hope that those denied will not see the decision as an indictment on your ability to do strong work at the college level or of your character. To the contrary, the vast majority of our applicant pool is comprised of students who will be fantastic college students and who would do wonderful work here at Wake Forest if given the opportunity. We are fortunate to receive applications from so many accomplished students yet we do not have room for all of you. Our task is to enroll 1250 first year students. To accomplish this, we read and then re-read your applications, including your responses to our seven short answer prompts. We conducted personal interviews with over 6000 students. We met as an Admissions Committee, often late into the evening, and collectively reviewed each and every admissions decision. In doing so, we know that we are not offering admission to so many qualified applicants, a fact that brings us absolutely no joy whatsoever. If you were not offered admission, believe us when we say that you should be proud of the work you have done and of the application you submitted.