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Regular Decision Application Deadline is January 1

I interviewed a young man via Skype from Tennessee this morning who excitedly announced he had just taken his last first semester examination and that he was officially halfway through his final year of high school. I was happy for him yet reminded myself NOT to tell this story to my own children who will be in school through Friday! Still, for all high school seniors this is an exciting time – soon for the countdown to high school graduation will begin. I will now have Pomp and Circumstance stuck in my head the remainder of the day!

AND YET, there is still the business of completing college applications at hand. Our Regular Decision deadline is January 1. You have the 1st itself – use all of New Year’s Day, if necessary! Once submitted, we ask that you (or your parents, counselors, best friends, etc.!) not contact our office to see if your application has been received. It will take a handful of weeks for applications, regardless of how they were submitted, to be processed and entered into our system. The same holds true of supporting documents (school reports, teacher recommendations and the like). We encourage you to track your own application status on your Window to Wake Forest account page.

Holiday scene, Wait Chapel

After February 1, if you feel that your Window to Wake Forest account does not accurately reflect what you or your school submitted on your behalf, feel free to 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.

 

A note about interviews – your application status will remain “incomplete” if you did not have an interview until mid to late January. It is then that we will remove “interview” from the application checklist. Unfortunately, we can no longer accept interview requests – whether you desire to interview on campus or via Skype, our schedule is completely full for the remainder of our interview season.

Our office and others across campus will close early Friday afternoon and will not reopen until December 30. We will close again early on the 31st before reopening for good on January 2. It is then that the task of processing and reviewing thousands of applications will begin in earnest, when we will learn, among other things, what book you would discuss with your roommate over coffee at Campus Grounds and what has outraged you to the point of action. It is a task both worth doing and enjoyable. We thank you for your thoughtfulness and wish you a happy holiday season!

Freshman Research and the Spirit of Pro Humanitate

I am asked often by prospective students how quickly one can become involved in research at Wake Forest. The answer – right away. Paul Pauca, Associate Professor of Computer Science, concentrates much of his own research on “the application of computer science to the benefit of society.” From work on software that can translate American Sign Language into voice to that on drones which can both fly and complete data gathering tasks independently, Professor Pauca and his students are committed to researching solutions to problems for the betterment of us all.

In the video below, Professor Pauca shares information on a pair of projects undertaken by current students participating in our STEM Incubator course offered by the Department of Computer Science. You will hear him quickly reference the first year students participating in one of the projects. To learn more about Professor Pauca’s work and interests, please visit his faculty profile page.

Questions About Application Status

20121022fall4449Understandably, students are anxious about the status of their application after hitting the magic “submit” key this past weekend. We necessarily must ask for patience as we process a high volume of supporting documents. Necessary technological adjustments have created a backlog of documentation and it will take a number of days before we are caught up with the influx of materials we received this weekend.

As always, you are invited to track your own application on your Window to Wake Forest page. Please allow at least 10 working days from the time of submission for supporting documents to appear as received.

We know how hard you worked on your application and appreciate your sincere interest in attending Wake Forest. We look forward to learning more about you.

 

The Merit-Based and Presidential Scholarship Application Deadline is December 1

A reminder that the application deadline for our academic merit-based and talent-based scholarship programs is this Sunday, December 1. I encourage you to review Dean Gauthier’s outline of our merit-based scholarship application process and Dean Pilon’s description of the Presidential Scholarship program if you are interested. Good luck!

Thanksgiving, Hannukah and another Rhodes Scholar

We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hannukah. I found this short Time Magazine piece on the five things the two holidays have in common both thoughtful and clever. Nowhere more than on a college campus can one relate with the fifth point – each is a reason to go home!

We college admissions officers do take time off during this long holiday weekend to be with our families and to stuff ourselves silly – don’t you worry. But we’ll also be carrying applications with us as there are plenty of files to read. That’s right, paper files, close to one pound each – we read the old fashioned way. Our goal is to have almost all of our early decision and spring transfer decisions mailed out to applicants before we leave for the Christmas holiday. Early decision applications are up for us this year, giving us more to do than we have in recent memory (we will release numbers when we have an official tally in a few weeks). Thursday will be for eating, Friday for reading. I am not one for the chaos of Black Friday shopping anyway, so this suits me just fine.

If you are curious about your application status, remember you can track it yourself by visiting our Window to Wake Forest page. We notify applicants of decisions by mail only.

Finally, the holidays came early for us here at Wake Forest when James O’Connell, BA 2013 in Politics and International Affairs, was named a Rhodes Scholar. From his work to help establish the LBTGQ Center at Wake Forest to his senior thesis on Al-Qaeda after 9/11, James has done tremendous work both inside and outside of the classroom since coming to Wake Forest from Tampa, FL in 2009. Congratulations, Jim!

Early Decision Deadline is Tomorrow, November 15

November 15 is upon us and with it comes our early decision application deadline. Over 200 high school seniors have already been admitted into the class of 2018 through our rolling early decision review process. Applicants who apply through tomorrow will be notified prior to the January 1 regular decision deadline of most colleges and universities. For more information, please visit our early decision application webpage.

The Dignity and Respect Campaign

Dignity and Respect CampaignYesterday, an overflow crowd of close to 600 people packed into our Brendle Recital Hall to celebrate the conclusion of the first month of our Dignity and Respect Campaign. While the entire event was inspiring, Reynolds Professor of American Studies, renowned poet and Civil Rights activist Maya Angelou’s speech was a particular highlight. I encourage you to listen to Dr. Angelou talk about “the beauty of respect, civility, kindness, generosity, intelligence.” The entire event can be viewed on our Livestream event webpage.

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