Just reviewing a handful of items before sending them out the door!
March 16th, 2015 | Admissions
While never intended to be a constant news feed of any and everything admissions here at Wake Forest, we always envisioned that we would communicate once every couple of weeks or so on events both in our office and around campus. Sadly, this hasn’t happened – we haven’t posted since the end of January. The reason? Simple – we’ve been reading. And reading. And reading.
The Admissions Committee reviewed more applications this year than we ever have before, almost 2000 more applications, as a matter of fact. Applications are up 20% over last year. Our previous high was in the low 11,000s – we skipped 12,000 altogether and sit a shade over 13,200 applications today. While obviously an exciting development, the end result was a tremendous amount of work for all of us and we still have a bit more to do before we are ready to finalize the Class of 2019.
Looking forward, keep in mind that we do not release any admissions decisions online or over the phone. We are still on track to mail decision letters sometime mid to late next week and will announce here the day that letters go out. We know that many are anxious to hear and we too are excited to send notifications out – soon, we promise!
January 21st, 2015 | Admissions
An important question on our application asks whether or not you wish for your test scores to be considered during application review. This question pertains to SAT – Reasoning Test and ACT results only. Applicants need to remember that in order for us to consider these scores you must request that they be sent to us directly from the College Board or ACT. We do not accept self-submitted scores for these two tests. If you checked “consider” and have yet to request that your scores be sent to us, your application will sit at incomplete until they have been received and processed.
If you do not want your SAT – Reasoning Test or ACT results reviewed and checked “consider” because you want us to evaluate your SAT II or AP test results, please contact us and let us know that you wish to change your answer to “Not Submitting Test Scores For Consideration.” Fear not – we will still review the SAT II or AP scores that you may have disclosed to us on your application. We will change your test preference and, if all other materials have been received, mark your application complete and ready for review.
Changes can be made by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (336-758-5201).
January 7th, 2015 | Admissions
It is the end of the first week of January and we have been busy downloading applications and supplementary materials submitted last week from both the Common Application and our own online Wake Forest application. Our servers are holding up and the copier maintenance folks have stopped by but one time for a small repair! I can promisingly say that we are working through things at a healthy pace.
The vast majority of all materials are sent to us online but we do still receive a good amount via mail. The online materials are, for the most part, automatically pushed into our database, though it doesn’t all happen with one keystroke. Check after check after check is performed before a student’s application is merged with their school report, teacher rec, transcript, etc.. Mailed materials must be manually entered into our system. On the opposite side of our processing floor, documents are printed and then manually filed, one application at a time. It is a lengthy process but one which allows us to set eyes on your application materials numerous times to ensure we have all that is required. Trust me when I say that we have wonderful folks who truly work hard preparing your application for evaluation.
On your end, you are checking (or should be!) your Window to Wake Forest page to verify that we have received all of your application materials. Good! We want you to do this. Our hope is to have every document, whether submitted electronically or via good old-fashioned mail, entered into our database and added to your physical application file by February 1. As noted in mid-December, we will begin removing “interview” from the checklists of all who did not have one soon which will in turn “complete out” a number of applications.
Should February 1 come and go and your Window not accurately reflect what you or your school submitted on your behalf, please contact our office. We will either assure you that the documents you are inquiring about have successfully arrived or will suggest a secondary method of submitting what is missing. Please do not contact us beforehand, however. Just because the materials are not showing up in your Window does not necessarily mean they have not arrived. Allow us the chance to work through the hundreds of thousands of pages of material we received over the holidays.
Next week, it will be all hands on deck processing applications. Soon, however, the task of reading what is a record number of applications will be at hand. We are still counting and as such I am not prepared to disclose exactly how many more applications we received this year than in any year in our history, but it is a big number. Like all college admission committees, ours will soon be hunkering down and will remain committed to the task of reading applications through the month of March. The time for meeting individually with students (and heck, with our own families!) has come to an end. Reading season is here.
Thanks to all who have applied to be a member of the class of 2019. I promise that your application will be reviewed both carefully and thoughtfully.
December 29th, 2014 | Admissions
This is going to be our last post of 2014. We know that high school seniors across the country are finalizing applications and preparing submissions before the January 1 application deadline. I sincerely wish all of you a wonderful 2015 and the best of luck throughout this college admissions process.
Things to keep in mind include:
- Review the previous three blog posts – everything from interview availability to information on tracking your application status is covered.
- On interviews – there are no additional appointments available. We do not offer interviews with local alums and are no longer accepting appointments. There are no exceptions to this rule simply because we must now move on to the task of reviewing applications.
- You will not receive an email from us acknowledging receipt of your application.
- You may track your own application status through your Window to Wake Forest account page. However, items submitted will not instantly appear on your Window. Please give us until February before contacting us regarding your application status. In the meantime, check your Window periodically – items will populate as received and processed throughout the month.
- If January 1 comes and goes and you find that your application was officially submitted after midnight, do not panic. We fully expect that both the Common Application and our own online application portal will be especially busy all day on Thursday. Give yourself ample time but do not worry if slow response times hamper your submission.
I wish I could offer some profound advice at this point but I can’t. If I could encourage you to do anything at all it would be to take a nice long walk. Leave your device at home, clear your head and wander for a bit. Yes, your application is important and I respect that preparing it is a stressful endeavor. That said, it is just one of many vital tasks you will complete over the course of your life. Keep things in perspective. Have belief that come April you will have terrific options to consider. There are literally hundreds of wonderful colleges and universities out there. You’ll undoubtedly find yourself somewhere you love come August. Again, good luck and Happy New Year.
December 17th, 2014 | Admissions
It’s the most important email … of the year! Ok, not at all true, but what follows is good information for all regular decision applicants to Wake Forest. January 1 is almost here and with it, 2015 and our regular decision application deadline. You are allowed to work on your application all day on Thursday, January 1 before clicking submit. If you experience a technical issue and your application is not officially submitted until after the stroke of midnight, please do not panic. There is no need to contact us or to apologize. We understand that technical issues can and do happen – your application will not be looked upon negatively in any way.
We would like to give you some insight on how we process applications. Assembling the pieces of your application takes a great deal of time. We are an Admissions Committee that still reads “on paper,” meaning every application, transcript, report, and essay must be printed, filed, and then manually checked before your application is cleared for review. It will take a few weeks for applications, regardless of whether they were submitted online or via mail, to be processed and entered into our system.
We ask that you not contact our office to check that your application has been received. We do not email students confirmations stating that we have received your application. Instead, we encourage you to track your own application status on your Window to Wake Forest account page. After February 1, if you feel that your Window does not accurately reflect what you or your school submitted on your behalf, please contact our office. We will either assure you that the documents have successfully arrived or will suggest a secondary method of submitting what is missing. We will also send you a reminder email in February with a list of the required components of your application that we have yet to receive. Even if you do not plan on tracking your application status via your Window, please visit the link above to add or edit your primary email address. Finally, be sure to check your spam folder in February and March for emails from the colleges you are applying to!
We do not track the receipt of supplementary materials (documents or items that are not required as part of our process). Please do not contact us asking whether these items have arrived. Trust that if you or someone on your behalf submits to us additional information beyond that which is required, it will successfully be added to your application. That said, understand that items beyond your application, school report, transcript, and teacher recommendation will play a small role (if any) in how your application is evaluated.
Applications from students who apply but were unable to schedule an interview (see our previous post – interview appointments are no longer available) will be marked complete and ready for review later in January after all other materials are received and processed. Until then, your checklist will indicate “incomplete” even if all required components have been received. For those who applied by our December 1 scholarships deadline, know that even though your application will not be marked complete until later in January, it will still be considered for all of our merit-based scholarship programs.
We will continue to provide updates throughout the review season here on the blog. Good luck and Happy Holidays from all of us on the Admissions Committee at Wake Forest!
December 3rd, 2014 | Admissions
December 1 was the final day to request an interview with a member of our Admissions Committee. Because of overwhelming demand for Skype interviews, we added a note on the interview request form back in early November stating that all webcam interview slots were full through the end of our interview season and that requests for webcam interviews could no longer be scheduled. Thus, if you asked for a Skype interview we will not be able to accommodate you.
If you made a request for an interview (Skype or on campus) by the December 1 deadline and have not heard from us, you will … but give us time. Again, Skype requests cannot be met and the response will indicate this. Our interview coordinator will be poring over our calendars to find spots to schedule those of you who wish to travel to campus however many of these requests will not be granted because of limited availability. Emails will go out in the order requests were received through next week. If you made a request after December 1 you will not receive a confirmation email from us. Finally, we do not offer alumni interviews.
Now the rub – if you don’t get an interview, you could still be admitted. We enter into our interview season June 1st knowing full well that we will not interview everyone who will apply. Each year, we are able to honor almost every single interview request that we receive through the first weeks of November but, invariably, interest picks up later in the month and we must turn some folks away. We could hem and haw about how you had over seven months to schedule your interview but we get it – your interest in Wake Forest may be a “new thing.” Unfortunately, with reading season dawning we necessarily must stop interviewing soon and as such cannot accommodate everyone.
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. We are pretty good at “reading” people (literally … combined our Admissions Committee has over 100 years experience reviewing applications!). 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.
November 30th, 2014 | Admissions
As we here at Wake Forest thought might happen, so very many of you have been hitting “submit” and sending us your applications over the course of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thank you! Because December 1 comes on the Monday after Thanksgiving, we will be working overtime to download and process all of your application materials. Unfortunately, doing it overnight in an accurate and organized fashion is simply impossible. It will take a couple of weeks before we are caught up with all of the materials we have received and will continue to receive through tomorrow evening.
As always, we encourage you to track your application status on your Window to Wake Forest page. We only ask that you give us some time before pressing the panic button (better yet, never panic!). Further, worry not about having a complete application on 12/1 – we will be reviewing applications for many, many weeks to come. To all of you that have already hit submit – we are grateful. To those burning the midnight oil … you have 24 hours remaining (give or take, time zone differences notwithstanding). Good luck!
November 29th, 2014 | Admissions
The link to view the “Talk To Me” video to be watched prior to answering the essay prompt on our online Wake Forest University application has been repaired. Students applying online can now access the video without issue.
For those attempting to view the video through the PDF version of our application, it can be viewed in its entirety below. Again, you may disregard this post if you are applying to Wake Forest via the Common Application or if you have already submitted your application. Thank you all and good luck!
November 20th, 2014 | Admissions
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. Students that complete their applications by December 1 and interview after that date will still be considered for merit-based scholarships. 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.
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.
A reminder that the application deadline for our talent-based scholarship program is also December 1st. I encourage you to review Dean Pilon’s description of the Presidential Scholarship program if you are interested. Good luck!
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