Your Best Work

Most of us need a job, and Wake Forest will help you achieve that –

(over the last nine years, an average of 96% of our graduates were employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation)

but also much more: we’ll help you find a context in which you may do your best work.

Our Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) does this by

  • helping you to go through the college-to-career process for credit with a variety of college-to-career courses.
  • offering over 400 career-related events for every student in the college-to-career process, from fairs to information sessions to speakers to workshops and more,
  • and providing go-to career opportunities with Career Treks, including San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York City, Atlanta, Boston, and more.

Our task is not to supplant your inner voice – your Muse – but to add to it, to make it both proscriptive and inspirational.

Attuning to that voice within, we will help you say “Yes” to your interests.

Learn more about 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:

If you haven’t already, please check out our Class of 2026 page available now and recently updated with our optional supplemental essay questions in the “Advice & Guidance” section.

And sign up for our student-led tours and live virtual information sessions.

Finally, please keep an eye out on the Class of 2026 page for our application, which will be available Sunday, August 1!

Consider exploring life’s paths with us.

Categories: Prospective Students

We Have Some Questions for You.

  • List five books you’ve read that have intrigued you.
  • Then, explain how a book you’ve read has helped you to understand the world’s complexity (limit: 150 words).
  • What piques your intellectual curiosity, and why (limit: 150 words)?
  • Give us your Top Ten list. (The choice of theme is yours.) (limit: 100 characters per line)

These are the optional supplemental questions we’ll be offering in our application (available early August, so you may start drafting your responses right now, if you wish!) –

because we want to know as much about you as possible in the admissions process.

And not just what’s on your transcript.

Wake Forest is a relational place; we want to hear from students who can tell us about their interests – about their education but also their self-education!

So as you start writing, think of things you want to make sure we know about you. This is your chance!

And for more insights and advice, check out our WFU26 page available now and updated throughout the year.

Finally, sign up for our student-led tours, which begin this week, and live virtual information sessions, which continue into August!


Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

Discovering You, The Discoverer

The pursuit of scientific discovery can be as much about uncovering new truths about yourself as about entering the unknown physical world —

discovering the discoverer —

learning how you respond to new challenges, dead ends, or unexpected finds.

It helps, when embarking on this journey, to have the best tools and contexts available.

That is what Wake Forest University’s Wake Downtown provides:

  • state-of-the-art equipment for scientific innovation,
  • brand-new labs, and
  • world-renowned and collaborative professors and researchers.

Wake Downtown has the newest technology in high-resolution confocal microscopy; equipment to measure force on construction materials; oxygen-free chambers for studying metalloenzymes; and machines that shake atoms and match those atoms based on their shaking patterns (!).

It has lasers and cell-culture facilities and polymerase chain reaction instruments —

But Wake Downtown also offers a chance for you to push your intellect beyond the limits of what you imagined yourself capable:

to work alongside the leading scientific researchers in the world, to practice biomedical research in our medical school labs as an undergraduate, and to engage with visiting lecturers weekly about their most exciting and groundbreaking conclusions.

It is the intersection of the technological with the historical and the philosophical.

Technology amplifies discovery — both of the self and other — and the right teachers can help you to negotiate those findings, to find excitement and agency in the unknown.

If you wish to join our community of discoverers, we would like to speak with you, so please register for a live virtual information session and in-person campus tour. And in early July, our new WFU26 page, featuring advice, application information, and updated dates and deadlines, will be available on our website:

We hope you will think about exploring the liberating unknown with us.

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

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