Last week, we 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. Sunday, November 15 is the last day to request an on-campus interview appointment with us and there are but a few openings remaining. On-campus interview requests continue to be scheduled in the order they are received and we receive dozens of requests daily – it is highly likely we will run out of availability very soon.
Students who have recently or who later submit a request for an interview via webcam will not receive a confirmation email from us. Requests for interviews on campus 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. Finally, we do not offer regional alumni interviews.
Now, please 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. Last year, a shade over half of our applicant pool conducted an interview. This year, we were able to schedule almost every single interview request that we received from June 1 through early October, yet continuing to do so always proves difficult as demand increases deeper into fall. We do not judge you on your failure to schedule an interview earlier – we respect that your interest in Wake Forest may be a recent development. Unfortunately, with reading season dawning we necessarily must stop interviewing soon and as such cannot accommodate everyone.
“So what can I do now?” This is a question we hear often. Fortunately, we offer other ways for you to show us a different side of yourself. Seven other ways, in fact. When preparing your essay and your answers to the six short response prompts on our application or Common Application supplement, 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’re 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.
The Window to Wake Forest is an online portal which allows you to learn more about areas of specific interest. The Window includes a checklist of application materials, allowing you to track the status of your application. You can register for campus admissions events on your Window as well. Finally, the Window is our primary means of informing prospective students of any and everything application related. We update our “Message from Admissions” whenever we have important information to share.
Everyone’s Window basically looks the same as mine but the information on it is unique to you. A week or so after you apply, a checklist of received and missing materials will appear under the “My Wake Forest University Application” section. As you can see, I have yet to apply to Wake Forest (but I have created an account!).
So if you have a Window to Wake Forest account, log in here to keep up with your application status. If you don’t have an account, create one here – it takes but a few minutes and we think you will find the tools useful.
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.