We expect that many of you are enjoying these first weeks of summer break and hope that you will include Wake Forest on your list of summer campus visits. We will welcome over 900 visitors just this week! Some are here for an information session and tour, rising seniors may be here for an interview and still more will complete the trifecta – information session, campus tour and interview (you can indeed do all three in one day!). The campus is busy with summer school classes and programs so you can still get a sense of life at Wake Forest, even during these quieter summer months. Information on how you can reserve your place in an information session and tour and to schedule an interview can be found on our Visit Wake Forest webpage.
Now, a note of caution. It is hot down here right now – very, very hot. We promise – this is atypical! The average high temperature in Winston-Salem in June is 85 degrees. July – 89 degrees. The high yesterday was 96 – toasty indeed! Thus, be sure to dress for the heat. We also have a water bottle filling station at our office for quick fill ups and easy hydration – bring your canteens!
It is application unveiling time! A PDF of the Wake Forest University 2016 Undergraduate Admissions Application is complete and posted for all to see (our online application will go live on June 23). Applicants will find six short answer prompts which we hope you will find thought-provoking. In addition, students completing our application will be asked to first watch the short video included here prior to composing the essay. All told, we have designed these questions in an effort to better understand your intellectual passions, your interests in the world around you, and your character and spirit. We look forward to reading all that you choose to share with us.
As always, we do not have a preference when it comes to how you apply – Common Application or our Wake Forest Application, the choice is yours. Note that the six short response questions on our application are identical to those students will find on our Supplement to the Common Application.
So what is uniquely you? We look forward to finding out!
Here is a quick update on where things stand with our two applicant pools.
First, transfers. We are still accepting Fall 2015 transfer applications. Should you wish to apply, we strongly encourage you to submit all of your required materials as soon as possible. Visit our transfer application information page for instructions on how to apply.
Next, wait list activity. I received an email on behalf of a student from a high school counselor this morning who phrased her question perfectly: “Will there be another release?” As in, will we be calling a group of students off of our active wait list again. Right now, we are in a bit of a holding pattern. As of this morning, we have enrolled our target number of 1290 first year students. However, we may well have students cancel their enrollment over the next few weeks which would in turn prompt us to call additional applicants.
Students who indicated on their active wait list cards that they were willing to hear from us as late as May 15 have been released from our wait list and those who indicated June 1 will receive notifications indicating their release shortly. That leaves those of you who checked July 1 or August 1. If you are in this group and are still interested in hearing from us, do not hesitate to reach out (visit our Meet the Staff page for contact information).