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

Admissions Answers in Response to Prospective Students’ COVID-19-Related Questions

Wake Forest University knows that your life has changed during this pandemic. We want to work together to give you an admissions experience that meets your needs.

You may have noticed that many colleges and universities are suddenly test-optional. Wake Forest is too, but we made that move permanently more than a decade ago. We knew back then that we wanted your application to help us get to know you as a person. At our university, you are never penalized for choosing not to submit admissions test scores. During this pandemic, when there’s limited access to standardized testing, you may not even have test scores to *consider* sharing! It’s not a problem. Instead, use your application to tell us the story of you. The restrictions of the last year may make that more of a challenge. You haven’t been able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities that bring you so much joy. Instead, explain how you are spending your valuable time. You’re still learning, even if it’s remotely. How are you doing in those classes?

Some high schools are grading differently, even opting for a pass/fail assessment. Take a deep breath: we know that your transcript might look different; Wake Forest is prepared for that too. We’re working with your high-school counselors to understand new methods of assessment, so you don’t need to worry. Just do your best in your classes, and let us see that. Letters of recommendation may be harder to come by because you don’t have as much face-to-face time  with teachers and coaches. Put in your requests early, and also consider asking faith or community members who know you and your talents well.

Wake Forest Admissions is here to answer all of your questions. Reach out to us at admissions@nullwfu.edu.


Wake Forest University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Dr. Susan R. Wente selected as Wake Forest’s 14th President

Dear Wake Forest community,

Thank you to so many of you who have contributed to Wake Forest’s search for its 14th president. On behalf of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that we have invited Susan R. Wente to be our next president. Dr. Wente, who currently serves as provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University, will begin her presidency on July 1, 2021.

A renowned biomedical scientist and visionary higher education leader, Dr. Wente has served as Vanderbilt’s provost and vice chancellor for the past seven years. She took on the additional role of interim chancellor from August 2019 to June 2020. During her tenure at Vanderbilt, Dr. Wente has advanced the excellence of academic programs and guided the university’s response to the pandemic.

Dr. Wente has been widely praised for her bold and engaged leadership and for accomplishing a number of firsts, including the appointment of Vanderbilt’s first female athletic director and the creation of the university’s Office of Inclusive Excellence. Wente led Vanderbilt’s efforts to launch a new structure for the university and medical center’s academic relationship. As provost, she has been the chief academic officer responsible for all 10 of Vanderbilt’s schools and colleges. She also developed the university’s 10-year strategic plan. Wente has overseen innovative initiatives to enhance the undergraduate experience and elevate the arts and humanities, and she served as the Vanderbilt faculty athletics representative for the Southeastern Conference and NCAA. I invite you to see her impressive biography and learn more about her.

When asked about her interest in becoming president of Wake Forest, Dr. Wente said, “I have long admired the people associated with Wake Forest. This is a special institution, committed to excellence with a tremendous ability to develop leaders of great integrity for our world. I look forward to joining the Wake Forest community and working with the outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni to seize the multitude of opportunities for Wake Forest to excel even further as a national leader and model.”

The presidential search included an extraordinary field of diverse candidates who represented the full spectrum of the higher education landscape and several non-traditional backgrounds. Dr. Wente emerged as the leading candidate because of her unique combination of experiences, talents and passions, and she was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee. Noted for her dedication to the success of the institution above her own personal achievement, Dr. Wente is a deliberate, empathetic servant leader, intent on building teams and listening to members of the community.

I would like to thank the members of the Search Committee for their outstanding work and shared commitment in recommending Wake Forest’s 14th president. They entered this work with the intention of seeking the best leader for our community, and they fulfilled their responsibilities based on a common belief in Wake Forest and her mission and with great integrity, judgment and energy. Their comments and thoughts about the selection of Dr. Wente are available on the Presidential Search website.

I would also like to thank the Board of Trustees and the entire Wake Forest community for your advice and engagement in helping us understand what Wake Forest needs. Your input was invaluable as we went about our work. Together, we learned that the Wake Forest that we know and love has a distinct identity that is understood and respected across higher education.

Finally, I would like to again share my gratitude for Nathan and Julie Hatch, who have devoted 16 years to the flourishing of Wake Forest University. Their dedication to this community has been unmatched, and we are a better place because of their leadership, partnership and friendship.

In the coming months, I look forward to joining together as we celebrate the work and legacy of the Hatches and introduce Dr. Susan Wente, and her husband, Dr. Chris Hardy, and their family to the Wake Forest community.


Gerald Roach (’80, JD ’82, P ’09, P ’12, P ’12)
Chair, Wake Forest Board of Trustees
Chair, Search Committee

Categories: Admissions

Happy Holidays and Final Application Instructions!

December 23 is the final day the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be open in 2020. We will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. Collectively, we are all looking forward to spending extended time with our families before the application review season begins. While applying to college is necessary and a touch stressful, we hope that you are able to find the time these final days of the year to clear your head. Go outside! Read a book or two. Get away from all monitors (from handheld to computer to television). We know that your application is important, and we respect that this process means so much to you. That said, it is just one of many vital tasks you will complete over the course of your life. You are going to get into college, and that school will undoubtedly be a terrific place to learn and grow. So take a deep breath and relax this holiday season. You’ve earned it.

What follows are some things to keep in mind relating to our process as you work to finalize your application:

  • If January 1 comes and goes and you find that your application was officially submitted after midnight, please do not panic. We fully expect that the Common Application, the Coalition application, and our own online application portal will be especially busy all day on Friday, January 1. Give yourself ample time, but do not worry if technical difficulties hamper your ability to submit prior to midnight. Remember, you do have all day on 1/1/21 to work on your application!
  • You may apply to Wake Forest using our online application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application.
  • Please give us until February 1 before reaching out with questions about the status of your application. It can take a few weeks for applications and supporting materials, regardless of whether they were submitted online or via mail, to be fully processed and entered into our system.
    • We do not track the receipt of supplementary materials (documents or items that are not required as part of our process). Trust that if you or someone on your behalf submits to us additional information beyond that which is required, it will successfully be added to your application.
  • On interviews: interviewing has concluded for the year. There are no additional appointments available. We do not offer alumni interviews. Many students will be offered admission who did not interview with us. Take advantage of the short-response prompts on our application and supplement to thoughtfully share your interests and ideas with us.
  • Early Decision II applicants: everything above applies to you as well! ED II decisions will be mailed no later than February 15. (Unlike with our Early Decision plan, our ED II and Regular Decision admission plans are not rolling.)

We wish you great luck throughout this process and a happy new year!

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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.

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