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.
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
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.
While applying to college is necessary and a touch stressful, we hope that you are able to find the time in these early days of the new year to clear your head and wander about for a bit. Spend time with family and friends. 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. So please, take a deep breath and relax for a while. You’ve earned it.
What follows are some things to keep in mind relating to our process to help (we hope) set you further at ease:
- 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.
- 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.
- Because we began reviewing applications in earnest in January, we are unable to meet individually with applicants who visit campus in the winter months. We are grounded, locked in our offices reading your responses, evaluating your transcripts, reviewing your recommendations. Thank you for understanding.
- Early Decision II applicants– everything above applies to you as well! ED II decisions will be posted 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!
It’s a difficult conversation, but, when it comes to college, it’s unavoidable.
College is expensive. So let’s talk about that. Sooner rather than later.
Here’s Associate Director of Financial Aid Tom Benza to explain the 5 “W”s of financial aid.
We hope this is helpful!
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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.