Dear Wake Forest applicants,
On Tuesday, March 12, Wake Forest’s volleyball coach was indicted as part of a national investigation into an alleged bribery and cheating scheme. The Justice Department’s review has found that Wake Forest and the other schools involved were targeted by a con man and his clients in the largest admissions scandal they have ever prosecuted. In no way has it been suggested that Wake Forest or our admissions staff were involved in these deceitful practices.
Wake Forest has cooperated fully with the investigation and will continue to cooperate with the appropriate authorities.
If you wish to follow the most recent updates on the national admissions matter, please refer to Wake Forest’s online newsroom.
As we evaluate our applicants for the class entering in Fall 2019, a holistic and careful process allows us to consider each candidate individually. We seek students who have excelled academically, exhibited intellectual curiosity and creativity, and who have demonstrated character and concern for those around them. We thoughtfully review the skills, talents and experiences that each student would bring to the Wake Forest community.
Later this week, our admissions decision letters will be placed in the mail. We are grateful for your continued interest in Wake Forest University.
Martha Blevins Allman
Dean of Admissions
Wake Forest University
The 2019 Wake Forest Admissions Application became available on-line June 1st. Prospective students began pondering our short answer questions and we as an admissions staff began anticipating their responses to the questions we had spent long hours crafting and discussing.
“Your questions made me think.” “I felt like you really wanted to understand me.” “Wake Forest must be an interesting place if you ask questions like these.” We welcome those reactions but also realize that some students are puzzled and respond to us with, “What is it you are looking for?”
So students, in a nutshell, we are looking for you. We want to know who you are, what you value, how you think. Not just how you perform on a test, how many sports you play, how many clubs you belong to, or how many AP classes you have taken. When Wake Forest became test-optional in 2008, we added a personal interview component to our admissions process and also expanded our written application in order to learn more about our applicants beyond grades and test scores. Wake Forest is a face-to-face residential community and so we select our students individually, carefully, thoughtfully considering what each one will bring to “The Forest.” We value intellectual prowess and academic achievement but also kindness and creativity. We seek students who are aware, concerned and active.
Our questions are broad, “Give us your top ten list” “What piques your curiosity?” allowing you space to reflect. Our questions are big. We ask you about character, cultural norms, political reality and what you read that is meaningful. We believe answering these questions should be a valuable and even fun exercise for you. It should be a self-examination, a time to ponder who you have become and how you want the world (and the Wake Forest Admissions Office!) to understand you. Perhaps the process will even spur you to think about the future you, the person you hope to be after your college education is complete. And so for those very reasons, your responses should be absolutely your own, not edited by a parent, a teacher, a counselor or a friend. Just you.
These admissions application questions are the opportunity for you to be you. Uniquely you. Your very best you. And we eagerly and genuinely look forward to finding you!
Martha Blevins Allman
Dean of Admissions
As May 1 has now come and gone, we know that many students are anxious to learn whether we will be admitting additional students off of our active wait list. Our enrollment deposits have exceeded our projections. Unless summer cancellations exceed our expectations, we will not be utilizing our wait list.
By now, many of you have received a 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 2022 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 mail using the card included with your letter or online through the web form indicated in the included instructions. Active wait list applications are not ranked – all will be reviewed should we need to admit additional students.
Second, email your regional admissions dean. If you are not sure who this is, visit our Meet the Staff directory. Be sure to contact the dean 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 dean). This is your chance to convey your 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. Should you elect to visit campus to help determine whether you would say yes were you to be offered admission, by all means do so. However, visiting will not increase your chances of being admitted. 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. In early May, the Admissions Committee will gather to discuss how many (if any) additional students we will need to enroll. In both 2017 and 2016 we admitted around 50 students off of our wait list. In 2015, we admitted over 100. In 2014, we did not call a single student on our wait list. Again, we will not know until May what our enrollment needs might be. 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.
Wake Forest University joins dozens of colleges and universities in assuring all those applicants who choose to participate in peaceful protest in response to the tragic events that transpired in Parkland, Florida. Your actions will have no adverse effect on your application to our University. Further, we applaud your courage and dedication in trying to seek a civil dialogue aimed at bringing a reasonable solution to one of our nation’s most divisive issues.
We believe in your passion, your resolve, and your willingness to engage in thoughtful conversation. At the heart of a Wake Forest education is the ability to tackle our society’s most complex problems, together as one community committed to a common good. Your example is an inspiration to us all, and we support you fully. It is our great hope that we can restore the spirit of open dialogue and conversation about those issues that matter deeply to all our citizens.
It is time for courage and time for compromise. And it is time for real conversation in which every idea and every person is taken seriously. We stand with you as you seek the truth and endeavor to make this a more perfect union.
Nathan O. Hatch
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