With November approaching I thought this might be a good time to talk about spring semester transfer admissions at Wake Forest. To start, while our enrollment needs vary from year to year, we typically seek to admit but a handful of students for the semester that begins in January. We will begin reviewing transfer applications in early November on a rolling basis – students who are in their second or third year of college should hear from us on average three to four weeks after their application is complete and ready for review with the first decisions rolling out in late November. While we will continue to accept applications until our enrollment needs are met, I strongly encourage you to submit your application by early November.
First year college students are encouraged to wait to attempt to transfer for the fall term of 2014 so that the Admissions Committee can review two semesters of college work. While we do not prohibit first semester freshman from applying, admission is rare. A decision on your application may not be made until after final first semester grades have been received, often pushing notification back to late December/early January.
Instructions for applying can be found on our Transfer Applicants information webpage. Transfer applicants are encouraged to apply online utilizing The Common Application or by completing the Wake Forest University “paper” application. While interviews are not offered to transfer applicants, the Admissions Committee will reach out directly to you should any questions arise during application review.
The spring term begins with the opening of our residence halls on Saturday, January 11. Orientation for new students takes place the following Sunday and Monday. Classes begin on Tuesday, January 14.
Finally, I am often asked how one can enhance their chances of admission. First and foremost, work hard in the classroom. Needless to say, your grades matter – do not fall victim to the “I was unhappy thus I performed poorly” excuse! In addition, prepare a strong application with written answers reflective of one who has been exposed to the diversity of thought often prevalent on a college campus. While a recommendation from a professor is not required one is often helpful. Do these things and do them well and, space permitting, you may be offered admission. We wish you luck!