Things remain stable with our incoming first year class and we have yet to admit a single student off of our active wait list. Today we find ourselves preparing the “wait list release” letters for all students who indicated they were willing to wait to hear from us until June 1. Your letters should arrive sometime next week.
We have begun fielding inquiries about January transfer possibilities. Let me first say that no one here wants anyone to head off to school in August with the intent of spending but one semester there. Please, move onto campus full of optimism and energy, ready to take advantage of the numerous opportunities presented to you. Your initial goal should be to make a home for yourself at that school for four years. Generally, we do not admit first year transfer applicants after one semester and I imagine that availability for any transfer applicant for the Spring 2015 term will be extremely tight. If, during your spring semester, you conclude that you would like to apply for the Fall 2015 term, contact us and we will let you know how to proceed.
Last week, a new Gallup-Purdue University study was released entitled “Life in College Matters for Life After College” on the tie between a student’s college experience and their engagement with work and personal well-being after graduation. Among other things, it concluded the following:
… the study found that support and experiences in college had more of a relationship to long-term outcomes for these college graduates. For example, if graduates recalled having a professor who cared about them as a person, made them excited about learning, and encouraged them to pursue their dreams, their odds of being engaged at work more than doubled, as did their odds of thriving in all aspects of their well-being. And if graduates had an internship or job in college where they were able to apply what they were learning in the classroom, were actively involved in extracurricular activities and organizations, and worked on projects that took a semester or more to complete, their odds of being engaged at work doubled as well.
These conclusions prompted me to think back to our own #WFUtaughtme teacher appreciation campaign conducted here last October. Spend some time on the campaign page and you will find that our students most certainly do recall “having a professor who cared about them as a person, made them excited about learning, and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.” We’ve always known that strong student-faculty relationships are vitally important to a fruitful and enjoyable college experience. The results of this study assert that they are also integral to work place engagement and high well-being after graduation.
Everyone here in the office has fielded dozens of calls this week from students inquiring about the status of their applications and asking whether or not the Admissions Committee will be admitting students off of our active wait list. The answer, for now at least, is that we will not. Currently, we have a first year class in place and will not be reviewing wait list applications.
Wait listed applicants were asked on their reply cards to select a date by which you needed to hear a positive decision from us. While our enrollment now is such that admitting additional applicants will not be necessary, we cannot say that this will be the case throughout the summer months with 100% certainty. As of today, we will let your deadline date come and go before releasing you from the wait list.
I understand that this is disappointing news for many. We welcome additional updates from applicants but want all to have a realistic understanding of their chances for admission. In the end, the likelihood of being offered a place in our first year class is low. We thank you for your interest in attending Wake Forest and wish you well going forward.
A quick update on our transfer review process – applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once all required documentation has been received. The Admissions Committee is currently reviewing and mailing out decision letters daily. We are still accepting transfer applications for the Fall 2014 term. Instructions on how to apply can be found on our transfer applicant information webpage. Please reach out if you have any questions. Good luck to all of you as you wrap up final exams and throughout the transfer admissions process.
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