Final Travel Tuesday for 2013

Our Travel Tuesday series for this season comes to a close today. We have but two trips remaining, one but a handful of hours from here, the other . . . a bit further!

This week: Chattanooga, TN and Beijing, China

Next week: Shanghai and Suzhou, China

November 16-18: Guangzhou and Foshan, China

November 19-20: Shenzhen, China

November 20-22: Hong Kong

Travel Tuesday VIII

We are down to our final few stops and are still meeting with great groups of students – thank you all for being so welcoming!

This week: St. Louis, MO; Johnson City and Kingsport, TN; Columbia and Charleston, SC

Next week: Beijing, China and Chattanooga, TN (not a bad place for us to end our Fall 2013 domestic travels at all!)


#WFUtaughtme Recap

Our “11 Days of Teacher Appreciation” concluded on Friday and I hope that over the course of the two week period you enjoyed reading our student commentary on the wonderful teaching that takes place here every day. The site is still up so take a moment and visit. A sample (most comments are made anonymously):

The professors at Wake Forest throughout my time here have been great. Any time, and I truly mean any time, that I have needed help, a professor has been available to help me. I would attribute all of my success to the helpful nature of my professors. Here at Wake, it seems like they truly want you to succeed and I truly love that about Wake Forest

Applying to Wake Forest

With our Early Decision application deadline of November 15 approaching, I am going to take a moment to remind prospective applicants of all of the ways one can apply to Wake Forest and of the ways one can submit supporting documentation.

Wake Forest is not a Common Application exclusive school. We still maintain our own Wake Forest Application which can be completed both online AND, believe it or not, by pen (no pencil and neat handwriting, please!). Links to the Common Application, our online application and to a pdf of our paper application can be found on our Apply to Wake Forest University webpage.

Second, there are a number of ways applicants can submit teacher recommendations, secondary school reports, high school transcripts and even application fees. You may submit your documentation through the Common Application’s online submission format if you are utilizing that application. If you apply via our own online application, you may have your documents submitted directly to us online (instructions for doing this are referenced at the end of our online application process). Finally, regardless of how you apply, students are always welcome to have any and all materials mailed to our office. Our mailing address can be found on the “Apply” page linked above. The application fee can also be submitted online or via mail (that’s right – we still accept checks!).

Our commitment to giving students options in the application process has never wavered. Know that no method of applying or of submitting documentation is preferred over another – the choice is yours. November 15th is less than four weeks away and our December 1 scholarships deadline is but two weeks later. Even our regular decision deadline of January 1 will be here before you know it. Choose the application method that suits you best and go forward! We look forward to reviewing your application.

Travel Tuesday VII

We are truly on the homestretch of travel!

This week: San Diego, CA; Delaware; Rhode Island; Washington D.C.; Baltimore, MD: Greenville and Rocky Mount, NC

Next week: St. Louis, MO; Johnson City and Kingsport, TN

The Presidential Scholarship – calling all Musicians, Debaters, Thespians, Dancers and Artists!


You’ve read about our merit-based scholarships and now perhaps you’re wondering, “Are there any other scholarships for which I can apply?” The answer is yes! Our talent-based scholarship at Wake Forest is called The Presidential Scholarship.

The Presidential Scholarship is $16,000 a year and is designated for students with significant talent in dance, music, theatre, art and debate. As a Presidential Scholar, you are not required to major or minor, but the expectation stands that you will be involved in the department and contributing to Wake Forest’s artistic culture. Each department has slightly different requirements for Presidential Scholars but none require the major or the minor. This talent-based scholarship is one of very few scholarships for which you must complete an additional application. It consists of a sample of your work, whether that be a video of you performing on stage or a portfolio of your studio artwork. Why the additional application? Simply put, I don’t know a thing about a quality theatre monologue but the theatre department does. When you submit a Presidential Scholarship application, that sample of your work goes to that specific department to be evaluated. So what does this mean? This means that if you want your talent in the arts to be considered as part of your application, we ask that you submit an application for the Presidential Scholarship in lieu of an arts supplement to the regular application. May I apply for more than one, you ask? Certainly! Just know that you can be awarded only one, not two.

If you are a finalist for the scholarship, you will be invited to campus (around late February/early March) to interview, to audition and to get the full immersion experience of being a Wake Forest student and artist. I know I appreciated having those two days on campus to stay with a current freshman, to experience the life of a dancer on campus and to realize that Wake Forest was the perfect place for me as an academic and as an artist. Recipients are notified by the end of March.

In short, if you’re looking to contribute your artistic talent to the Wake Forest community, send in that Presidential Scholarship application by December 1st!

Lori Pilon ‘12
Assistant Dean, Merit- and Talent-Based Scholarships

Choosing to attend Wake Forest

It is likely that in April students admitted to Wake Forest will be faced with many other choices on where to attend college. US News and World Report recently wrote this profile on Alexander “Ryan” Hudson’s decision making process. An excerpt:

Alexander “Ryan” Hudson, the class valedictorian, is studying at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., on a full ride, after deciding the offer from Harvard University to cover half his costs didn’t cut it.

As a Guy T. Carswell scholar at Wake Forest, Hudson believes he’ll get “a large amount of personalized support that I would not as just another Harvard undergrad.” He’ll study physics and get funding to do undergraduate research.

Like Ryan, we prefer Georgian architecture as well!


Remember when I posted on the teacher-scholar model a couple of weeks ago? To celebrate our #11 ranking for strong commitment to teaching by US News and World Report, students are expressing their gratitude now during our 11 Days of Teaching on Twitter (#WFUtaughtme). Today they are being asked for the course that changed their way of thinking; tomorrow they will share the academic building on campus that has become their second home. Follow along through the 25th of the month and learn more about why our students love our faculty – because our faculty loves to teach. Here’s a terrific example:

Travel Tuesday VI

Amazingly, all but one of the members of the Admissions Committee has been in the office the last two days. Believe it or not, we really do begin to miss each other during travel season! Alas, others hit the road tomorrow but at least our time away is winding down.

This week: Connecticut; San Antonio, TX; Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia; Wilmington, NC

Next week: San Diego, CA; Delaware; Rhode Island; Washington D.C.; Baltimore, MD: Greenville and Rocky Mount, NC

Merit-based Scholarships at Wake Forest

“What does a student need to do to be eligible for merit-based scholarships?”

This question elicits a variety of responses from different colleges and universities.  A number of schools do not offer any merit-based awards, some universities require counselors to nominate students for special awards, and other colleges require students to complete an additional application.  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 a complete application for undergraduate admissions by December 1.  Turning in the application a month before our regular admissions deadline ensures that we have time to review your application for both admissions and scholarships.

Some of our scholarships are merit within need in nature and 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 the Financial Aid deadlines so that we may consider you for awards like the Heritage Scholarship.


Wake Forest strongly recommends an interview for admissions and most of our scholarship recipients take advantage of this opportunity. Please visit our personal interviews information webpage for instructions on how to schedule your appointment. Note that interviews are conducted by members of the Admissions Committee only and can be done either here on campus or from your home or school via Skype.

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 their recipients around the same time (approximately April 1st) as the Financial Aid office mails their award packages to need-based recipients.

For more information on merit-based scholarships at Wake Forest, please visit our Merit-based scholarships website.

Paul Gauthier ’93
Associate Dean, Merit-based Scholarships