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.
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
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:
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
“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.
With November approaching I thought this might be a good time to talk about spring semester transfer admissions at Wake Forest. To start, while our enrollment needs vary from year to year, we typically seek to admit but a handful of students for the semester that begins in January. We will begin reviewing transfer applications in early November on a rolling basis – students who are in their second or third year of college should hear from us on average three to four weeks after their application is complete and ready for review with the first decisions rolling out in late November. While we will continue to accept applications until our enrollment needs are met, I strongly encourage you to submit your application by early November.
First year college students are encouraged to wait to attempt to transfer for the fall term of 2014 so that the Admissions Committee can review two semesters of college work. While we do not prohibit first semester freshman from applying, admission is rare. A decision on your application may not be made until after final first semester grades have been received, often pushing notification back to late December/early January.
The spring term begins with the opening of our residence halls on Saturday, January 11. Orientation for new students takes place the following Sunday and Monday. Classes begin on Tuesday, January 14.
Finally, I am often asked how one can enhance their chances of admission. First and foremost, work hard in the classroom. Needless to say, your grades matter – do not fall victim to the “I was unhappy thus I performed poorly” excuse! In addition, prepare a strong application with written answers reflective of one who has been exposed to the diversity of thought often prevalent on a college campus. While a recommendation from a professor is not required one is often helpful. Do these things and do them well and, space permitting, you may be offered admission. We wish you luck!
Our final exceptionally busy travel week of the season is upon us! Beginning next week, most of the Admissions Committee will be “in house” reading applications, conducting interviews and preparing for our remaining fall programs. Information session and interview registration details can be found on our Visit Wake Forest webpage.
This week: Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Northern Virginia; Jacksonville, FL; Houston, TX; Colorado; Miami, FL; Mobile and Montgomery, AL; Rowan, Davidson, Randolph and Davie Counties, NC
Next week: Connecticut; San Antonio, TX; Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia
That’s what Peter Coy concludes in his article, “What’s Holding America Back,” published in yesterday’s Bloomberg Businessweek. In the article, University of Wyoming President Robert Sternberg concludes that applicants should be asked to “demonstrate creativity, practical intelligence, and even wisdom.”
His conclusion dovetails nicely with Dean of Admissions Martha Allman’s commentary in our initial news release when we decided to go test-optional back in 2008: “Wake Forest has always been characterized by personal attention in the admissions process and in the classroom. Removing the test requirement will demonstrate emphatically that we value individual academic achievement and initiative as well as talent and character above standardized testing.”