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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

Spring Transfer Admissions

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.

Instructions for applying can be found on our Transfer Applicants information webpage. Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply online utilizing The Common Application or by completing the Wake Forest University “paper” application. While interviews are not offered to transfer applicants, the Admissions Committee will reach out directly to you should any questions arise during application review.

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!

Travel Tuesday V

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

Are the SAT and ACT Holding America Back?

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.”

Near and Far – An Open House for Students from North Carolina

310x120.ncstatesmallflatIf you are from North Carolina, chances are you have cheered a Demon Deacon sports team on to victory, walked around the Quad, or visited the Z. Smith Reynolds Library (“ZSR” in WFU lingo). You probably think you know Wake Forest. Well, there’s more to discover and we can’t wait to share the Wake Forest experience with you!

Join us on Friday, November 1st for a program designed to show you how the school so close to you can take you so far. We’ll be gathering together members of our community to help you understand our many opportunities – from International Studies to Fine Arts to undergraduate research to campus community to Pro Humanitate and more! Be part of a class simulation and experience the discussion-based learning style from one of our beloved professors. Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the financial aid and merit-based scholarship process. We’ll even take a break and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with various Wake Foresters.

Wake Forest is a personal, challenging, and supportive learning environment. Through this open house program, you will have the opportunity to discover all of this for yourself. As a Double Deac (Wake Forest undergraduate and graduate school alumna), I am always so excited to share with you, a prospective Wake Forest undergraduate, what Wake Forest means to me. More importantly, I look forward to helping you understand what Wake Forest can be for you and where Wake Forest will take you.

Space is limited, so register today! Please visit our Near and Far webpage for details and registration information.

I look forward to personally welcoming you to campus on November 1st!

Dawn Calhoun ’99, MA ’07
Associate Dean &
Coordinator of North Carolina Admissions