Interview Availability: Fall Update

As many of you have discovered, all webcam appointments are booked through the remainder of October. We know that we will not meet with every applicant. We were able to schedule most interview requests that we received from May 1 through early October, yet continuing to do so is proving difficult, with demand greatly exceeding available opportunities. Don’t worry. Wake Forest will offer admission to a great number of students who have not interviewed. Please remember that the interview is an optional part of the application.


  • Going forward, please request a webcam interview.
  • Requests will receive a response through the beginning of December, but you will only hear from us if there is interview availability.
  • We are only able to confirm an interview requested through the interview-request form. We cannot accommodate a request for an interview made by email or phone. Finally, we do not offer regional alumni interviews.
  • Interviews will run through the beginning of December.

“What can I do now?” This is a question we hear often.

  • First, please see above for information about the interview-request form.
  • And then, there are your essay and short-answer-prompt responses. We look forward to reading them. Our short-response prompts represent questions that are uniquely Wake Forest and thus afford you the opportunity to show us what is “uniquely you.” So, when preparing your essay and your answers to these prompts, take advantage of the opportunity to give us a glimpse into what drives you intellectually. Tell us what you’ve read, what you’ve done, what you think. About what? About anything and everything that is important to you.
  • Collectively, the Wake Forest Admissions Committee has over 100 years of experience reviewing applications; we are good at evaluating your stories and seeing all you have to offer. Seek to be as thoughtful with your responses as you believe you would be to questions in an interview. We look forward to learning more about you during application review.
  • You are also welcome to submit a short, informal email to your regional admissions representative introducing yourself and giving details as to what you would have shared in an interview.

Campus Tours Offered!

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.

So, if you haven’t already, please schedule a webcam interview or complete our application.

Find the right context for introspection and inspiration here.


Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

We’re Here for You.

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.

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

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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