Wake Forest: Creative Connecting

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:

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.

A Message from President Hatch

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

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A Message to #WFU24 from Wake Forest President 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

Wait-List Update

The Admissions Committee is currently reviewing active wait-list applications and making offers to select students. We anticipate this first round of wait-list offers to be communicated to students by Friday, April 24, 2020. We will continue to closely monitor enrollment, make additional offers as needed, and post updates on our activity here.

We encourage you to stay in touch with your regional admissions representative via email. If you have sent a message and/or material and have not heard back, rest assured we all are working diligently to make sure your file is up-to-date! There is no need to resend the same message.

If you would like to change your active wait-list date or cancel your application, you may do that by emailing  admissions@nullwfu.edu.

Thank you for your continued interest in Wake Forest University!

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

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Important Information on our Wait List Process

March 23, 2020 by Kevin Pittard

By now, many of you have received your decision letter from us stating that you have been offered a place on our wait list. We understand that being a member of the Wake Forest University Class of 2024 is a goal for so many of you. What follows is some helpful information for you to know going forward.

First, you need to add yourself to our active wait list. Your application will not be evaluated should we need to admit additional students if you do not take this step. You can do this via your Admissions status portal. There you will see a link to the “Decision Reply form”. When you click that link, you will see specific instructions and key information to help you make your decision about joining the Active Wait List and how our wait list system works.  Active wait list applications are not ranked – all will be reviewed should we need to admit additional students.

Second, email your regional admissions representative. If you are not sure who this is, visit our Meet the Staff directory. Be sure to contact the person who reviews applications from the state where your high school is located (this includes international applicants who attend schools in the United States – you want to reach out to your regional admissions representative). This is your chance to convey your continuing interest in attending Wake Forest while also describing how the final months of your senior year are progressing. In particular, we are interested in hearing updates on recent academic success. Feel free to email your representative again as May 1 approaches noting your continued interest.

That’s it! There is nothing more you need to do. Due to the current situation, our campus is closed to visitors and you will not be able to see our campus.  Instead, we urge you to explore our website and social media accounts to take advantage of the wealth of information about WFU available there. Further, we do not offer interviews to students on our wait list. Express your interest via email to your regional admissions dean and continue to perform well in the classroom – then rest easy knowing you’ve done all that you can do.

On our end, we will monitor enrollment carefully. Beginning in late April, the Admissions Committee will gather to discuss how many (if any) additional students we will need to enroll. The number of students offered a position off the Wait List varies each year.  Some years we have offered up to 50 positions in the class, some years we have offered zero.  This year, of course, will be unlike any in our history so we cannot predict how this process will play out. We understand that many of you are anxious and appreciate your patience with this process. 

It is likely that you have been admitted to many wonderful colleges and universities. Please be sure to pay your tuition deposit to one of these schools prior to their deadline (traditionally May 1). It is important that you not risk losing your place there in hopes of receiving an offer from us.

Our active wait list will undoubtedly be comprised of students who would greatly enrich the Wake Forest community. We look forward to hearing from you.

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