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Happy Holidays and Final Application Instructions!

December 23 is the final day the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be open in 2020. We will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. Collectively, we are all looking forward to spending extended time with our families before the application review season begins. While applying to college is necessary and a touch stressful, we hope that you are able to find the time these final days of the year to clear your head. 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. You are going to get into college, and that school will undoubtedly be a terrific place to learn and grow. So take a deep breath and relax this holiday season. You’ve earned it.

What follows are some things to keep in mind relating to our process as you work to finalize your application:

  • If January 1 comes and goes and you find that your application was officially submitted after midnight, please do not panic. We fully expect that the Common Application, the Coalition application, and our own online application portal will be especially busy all day on Friday, January 1. Give yourself ample time, but do not worry if technical difficulties hamper your ability to submit prior to midnight. Remember, you do have all day on 1/1/21 to work on your application!
  • You may apply to Wake Forest using our online application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application.
  • 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.
    • We do not track the receipt of supplementary materials (documents or items that are not required as part of our process). Trust that if you or someone on your behalf submits to us additional information beyond that which is required, it will successfully be added to your application.
  • 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. Take advantage of the short-response prompts on our application and supplement to thoughtfully share your interests and ideas with us.
  • Early Decision II applicants: everything above applies to you as well! ED II decisions will be mailed 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 and a happy new year!

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Interview Availability: Fall Update

Interview season has concluded for the Class of 2025.

We know that we were not able to meet with every applicant. If you were unable to schedule an interview, don’t worry. Wake Forest will offer admission to a great number of students who have not interviewed. Please remember that the interview is an optional part of the application.

“What can I do now?” This is a question we hear often.

  • First, please remember that there are your essay and short-answer-prompt responses. We look forward to reading them. Our short-response prompts represent questions that are uniquely Wake Forest and thus afford you the opportunity to show us what is “uniquely you.” So, when preparing your essay and your answers to these prompts, take advantage of the opportunity to give us a glimpse into what drives you intellectually. Tell us what you’ve read, what you’ve done, what you think. About what? About anything and everything that is important to you.
  • Collectively, the Wake Forest Admissions Committee has over 100 years of experience reviewing applications; we are good at evaluating your stories and seeing all you have to offer. Seek to be as thoughtful with your responses as you believe you would be to questions in an interview. We look forward to learning more about you during application review.
  • You are also welcome to submit a short, informal email to your regional admissions representative introducing yourself and giving details as to what you would have shared in an interview.

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Interview Availability: Fall Update

As many of you have discovered, all webcam appointments are booked through the remainder of October. We know that we will not meet with every applicant. We were able to schedule most interview requests that we received from May 1 through early October, yet continuing to do so is proving difficult, with demand greatly exceeding available opportunities. Don’t worry. Wake Forest will offer admission to a great number of students who have not interviewed. Please remember that the interview is an optional part of the application.

Update:

  • Going forward, please request a webcam interview.
  • Requests will receive a response through the beginning of December, but you will only hear from us if there is interview availability.
  • We are only able to confirm an interview requested through the interview-request form. We cannot accommodate a request for an interview made by email or phone. Finally, we do not offer regional alumni interviews.
  • Interviews will run through the beginning of December.

“What can I do now?” This is a question we hear often.

  • First, please see above for information about the interview-request form.
  • And then, there are your essay and short-answer-prompt responses. We look forward to reading them. Our short-response prompts represent questions that are uniquely Wake Forest and thus afford you the opportunity to show us what is “uniquely you.” So, when preparing your essay and your answers to these prompts, take advantage of the opportunity to give us a glimpse into what drives you intellectually. Tell us what you’ve read, what you’ve done, what you think. About what? About anything and everything that is important to you.
  • Collectively, the Wake Forest Admissions Committee has over 100 years of experience reviewing applications; we are good at evaluating your stories and seeing all you have to offer. Seek to be as thoughtful with your responses as you believe you would be to questions in an interview. We look forward to learning more about you during application review.
  • You are also welcome to submit a short, informal email to your regional admissions representative introducing yourself and giving details as to what you would have shared in an interview.

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Campus Tours Offered!

Walking on Wake Forest’s campus, with the chapel bells ringing and birds singing, one feels contemplative. There is beauty and community and a setting in which to do one’s best thinking.

We want you to have that experience. We’re delighted to offer limited campus tours for high-school seniors who have completed an interview with Wake Forest Admissions or submitted an application to us. You will receive an email with instructions on how to register for a tour.

Tours will begin Tuesday, September 8.

So, if you haven’t already, please schedule a webcam interview or complete our application.

Find the right context for introspection and inspiration here.

Sincerely,

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

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We’re Here for You.

We know you’re living through a pandemic right now and your high-school experience may be very different.

Wake Forest Admissions is here to help you.

We have been test-optional for ten years. You are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores to us.

The grading policies at your school may also be different. We will work with your school to best understand any changes to your transcript.

Wake Forest wants to know the holistic you. We understand there are some activities you can’t participate in at present. Tell us about that. Our application gives you the opportunity to share with us how your life has been altered by the pandemic.

Register for one of our live virtual information sessions to learn more about our application process.

We are also offering webcam interviews to get to know you.

And please share more about yourself by submitting an application. The Common Application is now available!

Above all, Wake Forest Admissions wants you to know we are here for you as you negotiate these challenging times.

Sincerely,
Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

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