At Wake Forest, we want to consider as many students as possible for our selective scholarships. This is why our admissions application doubles as a merit-based application for most of our academic awards (including our full-cost of attendance Carswell, Gordon, Reynolds, and Stamps Leadership scholarships).
Students wishing to be considered for most merit-based awards at Wake Forest need only submit an application for undergraduate admission by December 1. Turning in the application a month before our regular admission deadline simply ensures that we have time to review your application for both admission and scholarship.
Although the final page of our 2016 Undergraduate Viewbook implies that students also need to complete an interview by December 1 for merit-based consideration, we want you to know that information is not completely accurate. Students that complete their application by December 1 and interview after that date (our final day for interviews is December 22 this year) will still be considered for all merit-based scholarships. In fact, we will even give merit-based consideration to students who do not interview with us, though these students remain at a disadvantage because we know less about them.
Some of our scholarships are merit within need in nature which means that recipients will have to demonstrate that they are not only deserving of the award, but also that they need the financial help. If you believe your family will qualify for need-based aid, it is important that you also meet our Financial Aid deadlines so that we may consider you for awards like the Heritage Scholarship.
Finalists for our full cost scholarships will receive an invitation to one of our scholarship weekends in February or March. Our smaller merit-based scholarships do not require a winter interview – we mail notices for these awards to recipients around the same time as the Financial Aid office mails their award packages to need-based aid applicants (approximately April 1) .
Finding the right college fit is important, as the institution you choose will fulfill the role of your ‘home away from home’ throughout your undergraduate experience. There is only so much that you can gauge about a college through online inquiry or printed literature, therefore, the campus visit is of critical importance.
A student can learn a lot through a campus a visit. Campus visits help students discern whether a university has the needed academic offerings and extracurricular opportunities. Whether a student is interested in a particular major, wants to explore opportunities to engage in the arts, is curious about research or study abroad experiences, or seeks insight about campus diversity and the sense of community, the campus visit provides firsthand access to the specific questions that you may have. The campus visit also permits students to assess whether or not the institution is the right fit overall. As a prospective student, you’ll want to make certain that the institution you choose addresses your academic, co-curricular, and support needs. Learn what Associate Dean of Diversity, Hattie Mukombe, and peer diversity colleagues had to say in a recent article published in US News and World Report about making the most of your campus visit experience.
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).
Collectively, the Admissions Committee is currently reviewing active wait list applications and making offers to students via telephone. We will continue to keep everyone updated until our class is set.
The Admissions Committee has begun the review of transfer applications for the Fall 2015 term. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with initial decisions released in early May. We are still accepting transfer applications for the fall semester – we do not have an application deadline for transfer applications.
By now, some of you have received a decision letter from us stating that you have been offered a place on our wait list. We understand that being a student at Wake Forest next fall is a goal for so many of you. What follows is some helpful information for you to know going forward.
First, you need to send in your wait list reply card. Your application will not be evaluated without it should we need to admit additional students. Once received, we will attach it to your application and move it to our active wait list shelf. Active wait list applications are shelved alphabetically and are not ranked.
Second, email your regional admissions dean. If you are not sure who that is, visit our Meet the Staff directory. This is your chance to convey your interest in attending Wake Forest while also describing how the final months of your senior year are progressing. In particular, we are interested in hearing updates on recent academic success. Feel free to email your representative again as May 1 approaches noting your continued interest. [Students attending schools in KY should email Dean Harris; in NJ, MD, and WV Dean Marlowe-Rogers; in IL, VA, or Washington, D.C. Dean Pittard]
That’s it. There is nothing more you need to do. Should you elect to visit campus to help determine whether you would say yes were you to be offered admission, by all means do so. However, visiting will not increase your chances of being admitted. Further, we do not offer interviews to students on our wait list. Express your interest via email to your regional admissions dean and continue to perform well in the classroom – then rest easy knowing you’ve done all that you can do.
On our end, we will monitor enrollment carefully. In early May, the Admissions Committee will gather to discuss how many (if any) additional students we will need to enroll. If necessary, it is only at this point that we would begin reviewing applications. Last year was unique in that we did not call a single student off of our active wait list. However, there have been years where over 20% of active wait list students have been offered a place in the class.
It is likely that you have been admitted to many wonderful colleges and universities. Please be sure to pay your tuition deposit to one of these schools prior to their deadline (often May 1 but it may be earlier). It is important that you not risk losing your place there in hopes of receiving an offer from us.
Our active wait list will undoubtedly be comprised of students who would greatly enrich the Wake Forest community. We look forward to hearing from you.
If you are a follower of Twitter and or Instagram, you know that yesterday our decision letters left the Admissions Office to be delivered by US Mail. That news was met with excitement from many, anxious optimism from some and worry for others. We know the opportunity to attend Wake Forest is very important to so many of you. You took the time to complete a challenging admissions application and many of you visited with us for your admissions interview. 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 2019.
We too, spent thousands of hours reading your essays, discussing your short answer questions, reviewing your transcripts and recommendations. Our admissions committee meetings lasted long into the night—all to build a diverse and interesting new class for the Wake Forest community.
This admissions year was like none other for us at Wake Forest. After a record breaking 18% increase in early decision applications, we enrolled 526 students, 40% of our incoming class of 1290 freshmen. With the regular decision deadline came a 20% increase in applications and over 2100 more applicants than in last year’s pool. The selection process thus was the most competitive in our history, with acceptance to Wake Forest offered to only 28% of those who applied.
We are thrilled with the composition of our admitted class. 53% of the class is made up of women. 31% are students of color. 6% are international applicants while 22% come from North Carolina. In order, our top six states represented in the admitted class are North Carolina, Florida, New York, Virginia, California and Georgia. We received applications from students living in 35 countries. 62% of admitted applicants who attend schools that calculate an actual class rank are in the top 5% of their class with 88% within the top 10%.
While we celebrate our admitted class, we understand that this year, more fine students than ever before will not receive the decision from Wake Forest for which they hoped. Some will be invited to remain on our waiting list, a process that is explained with the decision letter. Others will be denied admission. We are fortunate to receive applications from so many accomplished students yet we do not have room for all of you. And that quite simply is the most joyless component of the admissions process for applicants and admissions officers alike.
The process of matching student to college is an anxious one fraught with the entire range of human emotions. To our applicants, we thank you for sharing yourselves with us and we wish you courage and clarity as you make your match!
Away they go! By mailing this morning applicants should most certainly receive a decision letter by April 1. As a reminder, we only notify via mail. Decisions will not be released by telephone, email or through your Window to Wake Forest account.
A note of caution – last year a number of students snapped a photo of their letter of admission with name and address information clearly visible. For privacy reasons, be sure to cover up your personal information if you choose to share the news (which we hope you will! #WFU19).
Thanks to all of you again – the wait is almost over!