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

Categories: Admissions

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.

Categories: Admissions

Important update regarding Coronavirus and Wake Forest University admissions events, visits

Based on guidance from community-health officials for preventative measures against the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), beginning Friday, March 13, and until further notice, Wake Forest University Admissions is suspending all campus visits, student-led tours, and admissions programming, including our “A Day in the Forest,” Campus Day, and MOSAIC events.

Please know how much we wish we could see you in person. Until then, we hope you’ll take the time to explore our website and social media accounts to stay connected with Wake Forest. You may also receive updates about COVID-19 and changes on campus.

This was a difficult decision for us to make and we understand how disappointing it may be to you, but we hope you’ll take solace in knowing how thoughtfully and seriously we value your wellbeing and that of our campus community.

Please know we’ll be back in touch soon.

All our best,
Wake Forest University Undergraduate Admissions

Categories: Admissions

Honoring ‘Strength, Resolve and Legacy’

From left, Awilda Gilliam Neal ('73), Deborah McFarlane ('73), Linda Holiday ('73), and Beth Hopkins ('73)

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of African American women integrating residence halls

When they moved into a women’s residence hall in 1969, Beth Norbrey Hopkins and Deborah Graves McFarlane simply wanted to obtain a good education and weren’t thinking about making history as the first African American women to come to Wake Forest as resident students. But they did.

Read the full article on the Wake Forest news website.

Categories: Admissions

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