Walking on Wake Forest’s campus, with the chapel bells ringing and birds singing, one feels contemplative. There is beauty and community and a setting in which to do one’s best thinking.
We want you to have that experience. We’re delighted to offer limited campus tours for high-school seniors who have completed an interview with Wake Forest Admissions or submitted an application to us. You will receive an email with instructions on how to register for a tour.
Tours will begin Tuesday, September 8.
Find the right context for introspection and inspiration here.
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University
We know you’re living through a pandemic right now and your high-school experience may be very different.
Wake Forest Admissions is here to help you.
We have been test-optional for ten years. You are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores to us.
The grading policies at your school may also be different. We will work with your school to best understand any changes to your transcript.
Wake Forest wants to know the holistic you. We understand there are some activities you can’t participate in at present. Tell us about that. Our application gives you the opportunity to share with us how your life has been altered by the pandemic.
Register for one of our live virtual information sessions to learn more about our application process.
We are also offering webcam interviews to get to know you.
And please share more about yourself by submitting an application. The Common Application is now available!
Above all, Wake Forest Admissions wants you to know we are here for you as you negotiate these challenging times.
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University
At Wake Forest University, we value creative thinking.
Today, in a world that has changed profoundly, we prize creativity more than ever.
Now in Admissions, it’s our time to get creative. While we’re disappointed not to be hosting campus visits at present, we’re excited to share with you our new virtual resources – to creatively connect with you during this era of social distancing:
- Visit our Experience Wake Forest page to get an in-depth look at what Wake Forest has to offer.
- Register to participate in a virtual live information session.
- Watch a guided tour.
- View campus through our live webcam.
- And to those ready to apply for admission, we are offering webcam interviews.
These are unprecedented times. We’re looking for creativity and compassion in our students and a desire to solve problems.
We’re looking for you.
Dear Wake Forest community,
Once again, we have seen our fellow human beings killed. George Floyd, Steven Taylor, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery did not have to die. Their deaths have caused grief, anger, frustration, fear and hopelessness for many. Because of the deep effects of systemic racism, our country is once again trying to make sense of the senseless violence and relentless oppression aimed at the African American community. Witnessing what has happened over these past few days, including the unrest in more than 30 cities as communities plead for an end to racism, white supremacy and violence against people of color, it is overwhelming to see the anguish etched on the faces of so many.
To members of the Wake Forest community who are feeling pain and fear brought on by these deaths, I am sorry and I grieve with you. Though I cannot fully comprehend the sadness and sorrow, I’m disheartened that, yet again, our nation has failed to live up to its ideals and our communities have ignored the infinite dignity of all its members.
To our African American students, staff, faculty, families, alumni and extended community members specifically, I realize that this time of tragedy comes in the middle of a global pandemic that is adding suffering and claiming lives disproportionately, and keeping us apart when we would typically reach out to one another for comfort. I vow to continue supporting you in these troubling times, standing with you as we address issues of social justice and driving our community to do better.
We cannot ignore injustice or wish away racism and bigotry. Now more than ever, we must confront hatred and uphold one another in times of great division and inequity. Though we are not together on campus during this national crisis, we will always be linked by our pursuit of truth and our commitment to each other — as Wake Foresters and as human beings.
Nathan O. Hatch
Greetings from Wake Forest University! I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.
It is no secret that we are living in unprecedented times. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, most of our lives have been altered dramatically. I imagine your final semester of high school has not ended the way you thought it would. While you may be experiencing some disappointment because of all that might have been, I hope you also carry great excitement for all that lies ahead.
Despite the uncertainty around us, two truths remain: Everyone at Wake Forest is delighted you have chosen to be a Demon Deacon, and we can’t wait to have you on campus. So let me be among the first to officially and enthusiastically welcome you to the Wake Forest community.
During your time at Wake Forest, it is my greatest hope that you will find people who support you, enrich your life and make you a better version of yourself. I hope your classes will challenge your intellect and spark new passions. I hope you will find organizations and activities that broaden your horizons and stretch your imagination. And while you are here, I hope that you will heighten your own expectations of your capacity to contribute to the dynamic and ever-changing world you will one day lead.
I’m sure you are curious about the start of your college career. It is our goal to welcome you to campus in the fall as scheduled, but we are planning for multiple possible scenarios, should the situation change. Public health officials are active partners in our scenario planning, and we will follow public health guidance throughout our decision-making. I do believe we have much in our favor as we look to resume in-person classes: Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas have experienced relatively few cases; the small size of our campus community allows us more flexibility in housing and class arrangements to adjust as necessary to social distancing practices; and our affiliation with a major hospital system gives us exceptional access to health care experts and health care options if a member of our community should become sick. We will continue to keep you and your family informed as we make decisions and plan to provide a formal update in early June. Your best source for the latest information is coronavirus.wfu.edu.
Over the next few months, I invite you to begin connecting with our University and take some time to get to know this very special place. Follow Wake Forest University on our social media channels; visit newstudents.wfu.edu and pay attention to messages about important dates and orientation events; and start meeting your fellow classmates by using #wfu24.
There is much to discover about the Wake Forest community, and the Wake Forest community is looking forward to learning all about you. We are glad you are joining us for the next chapter of your story. When the time comes for you to move onto campus, I look forward to meeting you in person. Until then, please stay safe.
Nathan O. Hatch
About this Blog
From The Forest is a blog maintained by members of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee at Wake Forest University. We look forward to sharing our thoughts with you.