After sharing the news via Twitter that our decision letters were placed in the mail yesterday, we were met with a number of excited if not nervous responses. We know that the opportunity to attend Wake Forest is very important to so many of you. Four years of rigorous high school coursework, of service in your communities, of participation in symphonic orchestras and in musicals and on debate and athletic teams – you shared with us your hard work and commitment with the hope that we would offer you a place in the class of 2018. Trust me – we understand and appreciate your enthusiasm for this place!
For the third consecutive year, we received over 11,000 applications for a freshman class of 1250 students. We admitted approximately 34% of the applicant pool. 500 students were accepted last fall through our Early Decision process, meaning there were roughly 3250 letters of admission mailed yesterday.
We are thrilled with the composition of our admitted class. 54% of the class is made up of women. 29% are students of color. 5% are international applicants while 23% come from North Carolina. In order, our top six states represented in the applicant pool are North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, New York, New Jersey and Georgia. All told, at least one student from every single state will receive an offer of admission. In addition, applications were received from students living in 44 countries. 64% of admitted applicants who attend schools that calculate an actual class rank are in the top 5% of their class with 89% within the top 10%.
With an admission rate of 34%, it goes without saying that many of you will not receive the letter you have been hoping for. Some will be invited to remain on our wait list, a process that is explained with your decision letter. Others will be denied admission. It is our hope that those denied will not see the decision as an indictment on your ability to do strong work at the college level or of your character. To the contrary, the vast majority of our applicant pool is comprised of students who will be fantastic college students and who would do wonderful work here at Wake Forest if given the opportunity. We are fortunate to receive applications from so many accomplished students yet we do not have room for all of you. Our task is to enroll 1250 first year students. To accomplish this, we read and then re-read your applications, including your responses to our seven short answer prompts. We conducted personal interviews with over 6000 students. We met as an Admissions Committee, often late into the evening, and collectively reviewed each and every admissions decision. In doing so, we know that we are not offering admission to so many qualified applicants, a fact that brings us absolutely no joy whatsoever. If you were not offered admission, believe us when we say that you should be proud of the work you have done and of the application you submitted.
Decision letters have left the building and are now loaded onto a mail truck, destined for locations across the country and all over the world! As it has always been at Wake Forest, we only notify via mail. We feel confident that applicants will receive their decision letter on or before April 1.
To all who applied, thank you. Everyone in our office truly appreciates your sincere interest in attending Wake Forest. We know that applying to Wake Forest is an involved process that requires time and thoughtfulness. Thank you for giving our application such effort and for making our process so rewarding.
This week, as the Admissions Committee puts the finishing touches on the decisions that will lead to our next class of first year students, my thoughts are beginning to wander to the fall term transfer admissions process. What follows is a basic rundown of how we evaluate transfer applications.
Traditionally, we receive between 300 and 400 applications to transfer. This year, we will enroll approximately 50 transfer students for the fall term. Transfer applications are evaluated on a rolling basis beginning in April with initial decisions mailed out in early May (we only notify via mail). The Admissions Committee may request your final spring semester grades prior to making a decision on your application – this will push notification back to late May/early June. We will continue to accept and evaluate transfer applications throughout the summer until our enrollment needs are met. That said, it is in your best interest to submit your application sooner rather than later (think before May 1, if not before!).
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. Interviews are not offered to transfer applicants. Should any questions arise about your application during review, we will reach out to you to schedule an appointment (on campus or via Skype).
Transfer students are fully eligible for need-based financial aid assistance at Wake Forest. In conjunction with the submission of your application for admission, you must also complete our financial aid application requirements. Please visit our Office of Student Financial Aid webpage for instructions on how to apply.
Transfer students inquiring about admission are quick to ask what it is that we are looking for when evaluating applications. Simple – impressive students. We seek to enroll those who have thrived in the college classroom. Your transcript should reflect strong academic work within a core curriculum of courses similar to those undertaken by our students (you can get an idea of what these requirements are for the class of 2017 by visiting http://newstudents.wfu.edu/curriculum-requirements/). Further, your responses to the essay and short answer prompts in the application should reflect an intellectual thoughtfulness that has grown throughout your college experience. Simply put, transfer applicants are older and therefore presumed wiser – providing evidence of such in your responses will serve you well. Good luck!
Dean of the College and Reynolds Professor of Computational Biophysics Jacquelyn Fetrow announced earlier this week that Wake Forest is one of twelve universities who are Institutional Award Recipients for the Beckman Scholars Program. This program provides awards “to help stimulate, encourage, and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation’s colleges and universities; young people who will ultimately become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits.” Simply put, this is fantastic news for our undergraduate researchers and for the URECA Center!
Finally, some news for folks visiting campus in the coming weeks. Great Decisions 2014 is upon us! Open to the public, this citizens forum on current foreign policy issues is presented by the Center for Global Programs and Studies and will be held on six consecutive Thursdays at 7pm beginning March 20. Families often visit Wake Forest on Friday mornings – if you arrive in Winston-Salem early enough the night before I encourage you to attend and participate.
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.