Information On Our Wait List Process

By now, some 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 student at Wake Forest next fall is a goal for so many of you. What follows is some helpful information for you to know going forward.

First, you need to send in your wait list reply card. Your application will not be evaluated without it should we need to admit additional students. Once received, we will attach it to your application and move it to our active wait list shelf. Active wait list applications are shelved alphabetically and are not ranked.

Second, email your regional admissions dean. If you are not sure who that is, visit our Meet the Staff directory. 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. [Students attending schools in KY should email Dean Harris; in NJ, MD, and WV Dean Marlowe-Rogers; in IL, VA, or Washington, D.C. Dean Pittard]20130423campus0871

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. If necessary, it is only at this point that we would begin reviewing applications. Last year was unique in that we did not call a single student off of our active wait list. However, there have been years where over 20% of active wait list students have been offered a place in the class.

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 (often May 1 but it may be earlier). 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.

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Wonderful Applications, Difficult Decisions

If you are a follower of Twitter and or Instagram, you know that yesterday our decision letters left the Admissions Office to be delivered by US Mail. That news was met with excitement from many, anxious optimism from some and worry for others.  We know the opportunity to attend Wake Forest is very important to so many of you. You took the time to complete a challenging admissions application and many of you visited with us for your admissions interview.  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 2019.

We too, spent thousands of hours reading your essays, discussing your short answer questions, reviewing your transcripts and recommendations. Our admissions committee meetings lasted long into the night—all to build a diverse and interesting new class for the Wake Forest community.

This admissions year was like none other for us at Wake Forest.  After a record breaking 18% increase in early decision applications, we enrolled 526 students, 40% of our incoming class of 1290 freshmen.  With the regular decision deadline came a 20% increase in applications and over 2100 more applicants than in last year’s pool.  The selection process thus was the most competitive in our history, with acceptance to Wake Forest offered to only 28% of those who applied.

We are thrilled with the composition of our admitted class. 53% of the class is made up of women. 31% are students of color. 6% are international applicants while 22% come from North Carolina. In order, our top six states represented in the admitted class are North Carolina, Florida, New York, Virginia, California and Georgia. We received applications from students living in 35 countries. 62% of admitted applicants who attend schools that calculate an actual class rank are in the top 5% of their class with 88% within the top 10%.

While we celebrate our admitted class, we understand that this year, more fine students than ever before will not receive the decision from Wake Forest for which they hoped.   Some will be invited to remain on our waiting list, a process that is explained with the decision letter. Others will be denied admission. We are fortunate to receive applications from so many accomplished students yet we do not have room for all of you.  And that quite simply is the most joyless component of the admissions process for applicants and admissions officers alike.

The process of matching student to college is an anxious one fraught with the entire range of human emotions.   To our applicants, we thank you for sharing yourselves with us and we wish you courage and clarity as you make your match!

Martha Allman, Dean of Admissions

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Decision Letters Have Left The Building!

mailtruckAway they go! By mailing this morning applicants should most certainly receive a decision letter by April 1. As a reminder, we only notify via mail. Decisions will not be released by telephone, email or through your Window to Wake Forest account.

A note of caution – last year a number of students snapped a photo of their letter of admission with name and address information clearly visible. For privacy reasons, be sure to cover up your personal information if you choose to share the news (which we hope you will! #WFU19).

Thanks to all of you again – the wait is almost over!


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Decisions ...

Just reviewing a handful of items before sending them out the door!


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Application Review Wrapping Up, Still Some Work To Do

While never intended to be a constant news feed of any and everything admissions here at Wake Forest, we always envisioned that we would communicate once every couple of weeks or so on events both in our office and around campus. Sadly, this hasn’t happened – we haven’t posted since the end of January. The reason? Simple – we’ve been reading. And reading. And reading.

The Admissions Committee reviewed more applications this year than we ever have before, almost 2000 more applications, as a matter of fact. Applications are up 20% over last year. Our previous high was in the low 11,000s – we skipped 12,000 altogether and sit a shade over 13,200 applications today. While obviously an exciting development, the end result was a tremendous amount of work for all of us and we still have a bit more to do before we are ready to finalize the Class of 2019.

Looking forward, keep in mind that we do not release any admissions decisions online or over the phone. We are still on track to mail decision letters sometime mid to late next week and will announce here the day that letters go out. We know that many are anxious to hear and we too are excited to send notifications out – soon, we promise!

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