Applying To Wake Forest

As most of you are aware, the 2014-2015 Common Application (CA) launched last Friday, August 1. Our own application, both online and paper, launched earlier in July and questions are already rolling in regarding the differences in the questions asked on each of the applications.

Regardless of which application you submit, you will complete a single extended essay. The CA did not change the prompts they developed for last year’s application. They read as follows (you would write an essay addressing one of these prompts):

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.  How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.  What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Students completing the Wake Forest University application are to respond to our one essay prompt which reads:

  • Use the following essay to give the Admissions Committee insight into your character and intellect. Watch this: www.wfutalktome.com. Talk to us.

Regardless of the application you choose to complete, you will also be prompted to answer our six “In Brief” short response questions. They read:

  • List five books you have read (with authors) that piqued your curiosity. Discuss an idea from one of these works that influenced you.
  • What outrages you? Why?
  • Give us your top ten list.
  • Our incoming freshman class is reading the book Choosing Civility by P.M. Forni. What do you see as the biggest threat to civility?
  • Some say that social media is superficial, with no room for expressing deep or complex ideas. We challenge you to defy these skeptics by describing yourself as fully and accurately as possible in the 140-character limit of a tweet.
  • Describe an academic or intellectual project, experience or pursuit of which you are particularly proud.

A link to the Wake Forest University online application and to a PDF of our paper application can be found on our Apply to Wake Forest webpage. If you want to learn more about the CA, visit the Common Application homepage for instructions on creating an account. Regardless of the application you use, know that one is not preferred by us over the other – use whichever format you like!