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Interview Availability – Fall Update (Updated November 4 – All Interviews Scheduled)

November 4 Update: All interviews (on campus or via webcam) have been booked for the Fall 2017 term. We are leaving this October 27 post up as it contains good information for students who were unable to schedule an appointment with us.


As many of you have discovered, we recently announced on our Personal Interviews webpage that all webcam appointments are booked through the remainder of our interview season and that requests for interviews via Skype will no longer be scheduled. Although Tuesday, November 15 is the last day to request an on-campus interview appointment with us, there are but a few openings remaining and those too are going fast. On-campus interview requests are scheduled in the order they are received and dozens are submitted daily – it is likely we will run out of availability very soon.

Going forward, requests for interviews on campus for a date listed as available will receive a response (either positive or negative depending on availability) through November 15 or until we announce that there are no remaining openings. We frequently receive requests for interviews by email and telephone – such requests cannot be accommodated. There is not a “waiting list” for interview appointments. Finally, we do not offer regional alumni interviews.

All of this is, to many of you, not news you wanted to hear. Allow us to try and help you feel better about our process going forward!

Repeat after me: “Even though I was unable to schedule an interview, I can still be admitted.” We know that we will not meet with every applicant and will necessarily be offering admission to a great number of students who have not interviewed. We were able to schedule almost every single interview request that we received from June 1 through early October, yet continuing to do so proved difficult as demand increased earlier in the fall than ever before. I assure you that we do not judge you on your failure to schedule an interview – we respect that your interest in Wake Forest may be a recent development. Unfortunately, with the early decision review season here and reading season dawning we necessarily must stop interviewing soon.

“So what can I do now?” This is a question we hear often. Of course, there is your essay, the one you will likely prepare for every school that you apply to. We like your essays and look forward to reading them. However, we also offer other opportunities – eight, in fact! – for you to show us a different side of yourself. Our eight short response prompts represent questions that our Wake Forest community wants us to ask you so that we can better understand what you might bring to our campus. They are uniquely Wake Forest and thus afford you the opportunity to show us what is “uniquely you.” So, when preparing your essay and your answers to these prompts 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. Collectively, the Wake Forest Admissions Committee has over 100 years of experience reviewing applications – we are good at evaluating your stories and seeing all you have to offer. 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. Good luck!