YOU-REKA!/Info Sessions Available!

Undergraduate research is a major focus of Wake Forest University, a 5,200-undergraduate, test-optional, liberal-arts school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, 45 majors, and 60 minors.

Through our Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center, we help students find professors, and vice-versa, to explore shared areas of interest, alert them to funding opportunities, showcase their research, and provide support for class, conference, and publication work.

We want fully and publicly to support research that expands our worldviews, helps us come to terms with the world’s irreducibility, and shapes and reshapes our interpretations of this complexity.

Learn more about URECA – and about all aspects of Wake Forest – by registering for our live virtual information sessions, which are taking place this June!

See the world beyond the given.

Categories: Prospective Students

The Story of You.

We went test-optional more than a decade ago, so we know options work. That’s why Wake Forest Admissions wants to give you even more. You know you best, so you’ll decide the best way to tell us the story of you.

This year’s application will offer you choices about how to communicate your personality, perspective, and academic passions, whether it be through conceptually provocative supplemental essay questions or a personal interview.

Our goal is to get to know you.

We look forward to making our application available in early August, the same time as the Common and Coalition Applications. The option to interview with us is only offered after you have applied.

You are comprised of many qualities, and we want you to have the chance to share as many of them as you can with us. We can’t wait to meet you.

And now, you may learn even more about us, as our campus has reopened to visitors! You will be required to wear a mask and socially distance. Stop by Porter Byrum Welcome Center (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) to pick up a self-guided tour book. And student-led tours will begin in July, with details about registration available on our website by the beginning of June.

We look forward to welcoming you to our home!

Warmest regards,

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

For humanity.

The poet Walt Whitman believed in moral change.

Wake Forest does too – that everyone is capable of a higher moral intention.

We call this altruism Pro Humanitate – “for humanity” – and, like Whitman, we believe it can be achieved through a variety of artistic, scientific, and technological accomplishments.

After all, moral purpose should be a continual act of discovery, which technologies enable, and science gives us concrete ways to make a difference beyond imagining it.

For instance –

Our associate provost and director of dance Christina Soriano and her students teach movement classes to people living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases in an effort to increase their balance, mobility, range of motion, and quality of life.

Engineering professor Michael Gross and his classes conduct after-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) labs with underserved elementary students.

And politics and international affairs professor Michaelle Browers, East Asian languages and cultures and communication professor Alessandra von Burg, and Arabic language professor Darlene May chartered a chapter of Every Campus a Refuge to welcome refugee families using campus resources. They have partnered with the Student Association for the Advancement of Refugees (SAFAR) to assist families with housing, doctors’ visits, tutoring, and employment consultation.

To be a part of transformations like these, if you are an admitted student and have not committed to Wake Forest already, simply remember that the decision deadline is May 1 and that you may secure your seat by visiting your status portal. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at!

Selfless giving is learned at home, and your college home should be a part of that education.

Warmest regards,

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

Categories: Admissions

Wake Forest Waitlist Webinar

We know that the waitlist is a strange place to be, so we would like to help you understand the Wake Forest waitlist process.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 7, at 6:00 p.m. ET for the Wake Forest Waitlist Webinar. Associate Dean Kevin Pittard will explain the ins and outs of how our waitlist works, what strategies are best for you, and when you can expect to hear from us. You will have the opportunity to submit questions in a chat format for Dean Pittard’s responses.

Registration is required, so please check your email, beginning Tuesday, March 30, for instructions on how to sign up.

We look forward to connecting soon!

Wake Forest University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Categories: Admissions

Admissions Update

Thank you for your patience awaiting the release of undergraduate admissions decisions from Wake Forest University. We know that students are eager to learn of their decision, which we plan to release shortly.

This year’s application review and selection process was unlike any other, notably marked by an uptick in applications and selectivity. Like some of our peers, we experienced a surge in applications, a record-setting 28% increase from the year prior. This resulted in a reduced admit rate and some very difficult committee decisions. While we celebrate the students admitted to the Class of 2025, we recognize that we could not extend such an offer to many qualified students.

This year was also exceptional for the shift (and perhaps forced adoption) of test-optional policies among our peers. Wake Forest was the first U.S. News & World Report Top 30 ranked university to adopt a test-optional approach more than a decade ago. We believe this policy has encouraged us to get to know students beyond the numbers to build a stronger incoming class. It looks like our secret is out.  We knowingly tip our Demon Deacon top hat as more schools commit to test-optional admissions beyond this pandemic year.

COVID-19 has limited the college search and selection process for so many of our high-school seniors. We are offering admitted students the opportunity to tour our campus and participate in a host of virtual programs before making their enrollment decision.

Like so many of you, here on campus, we look forward to brighter days that represent a new normal, encompassing lessons learned during this historic time of sacrifice, compassion, and grace. Because of the hard work and commitment of Wake Forest faculty and staff, we anticipate fully in-person classes for our undergraduates and a return to activities that signify the college experience. No matter what college your students attend, we hope they’ll find that experience that sends them into the world to help others find the meaning of our university motto, Pro Humanitate: for humanity.

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

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From The Forest is a blog maintained by the undergraduate admissions office at Wake Forest University. We look forward to sharing our thoughts with you.

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