While applying to college is necessary and a touch stressful, we hope that you are able to find the time in these early days of the new year to clear your head and wander about for a bit. Spend time with family and friends. 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. So please, take a deep breath and relax for a while. You’ve earned it.
What follows are some things to keep in mind relating to our process to help (we hope) set you further at ease:
We wish you great luck throughout this process!
One of the best ways to understand what a school has to offer is to set foot on campus. We want you to visit Wake Forest University and we have several different ways you can do so. You may have received a postcard in the mail encouraging you to register for a Campus Visit, which includes an information session and tour. As Associate Dean Hattie Mukombe explained last week, we also have VISIONS, a program for students curious about diversity at Wake Forest. In November, we will have our Near and Far program for North Carolina students.
But what is Discovery Day?
Our Discovery Days – October 4, 14, 18, 25, and November 11 – are scheduled around holidays or extended college visit weekends. Since you’ll be coming from far and wide (traditionally in large numbers!) we created a program that would fit as much as possible into your visit without having to spend an entire day on campus. In fact, a Discovery Day program is but 30 minutes longer than a traditional information session and tour.
On Discovery Day you will learn about Wake Forest and our unique application process (essays, interviews, test optional, oh my!) as well as be led on a tour of campus by a current student. In addition, you and your family will also have a mock class experience with a Wake Forest professor. You’ll see for yourself what it is like to be in Dr. Jarrod Atchison’s communication class on conspiracy theories, to take a chemistry class with department chair Dr. Christa Colyer, or to learn about Thomas Jefferson with my favorite professor of history Dr. Michele Gillespie. Don’t worry, you won’t have any readings to do beforehand and there won’t be a quiz, but you will walk away with a better idea of what it is like to be a Wake Forest student.
If this sounds like a must for your fall college road trip, visit our Discovery Day website and register soon (space is limited).
We’ll see you in class!
Assistant Dean Jennie Harris ’06
Curious about diversity at Wake Forest? We offer several opportunities to explore our diverse community. If you are interested in learning more about multicultural life, join us for one of our prospective student diversity recruitment events:
Wake Forest VIP Program – Meet us in your backyard, or close to it! Each fall, Wake Forest University hosts diversity recruitment events during our travel season. The VIP diversity recruitment programs take place off-campus in cities along the east coast. VIP is open to high school seniors and their families. For more information about locations and to request your space in the program, please visit our VIP Program website.
Wake Forest Visions Program – Visit us at the Forest! Visions is our on-campus diversity overnight event. The program is open to prospective seniors and families. Visions will take place October 13-14 and November 10-11 this year. Students must apply to attend the Visions overnight program. For program and application information, please visit our Visions Program website.
We look forward to seeing you!
Hattie L. Mukombe ’04, MA ’11
Starting today, we will summarize the Admission Committee’s weekly travels in our Travel Tuesday posts. From quick rundowns of where we will be this week and next to interesting tidbits we have learned on the road, we will share them here with you. Note that many of the visits will take place in surrounding communities of the cities listed below. If your school hosts college visits during the school day or is holding a college night, check with your guidance or college counselor to see whether we will be in attendance. We look forward to meeting with you!
This Week: Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Asheville, NC
Next Week: Ecuador; Portland, OR; Seattle and Tacoma, WA; Philadelphia, PA; Columbia, SC; Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Burlington, Fayetteville and Charlotte, NC; Western North Carolina
From the first of June through the end of August, over 5600 students attended an information session here at Wake Forest while another 2500 rising seniors conducted an interview either on campus or via Skype. Phew! Needless to say, unless we were away with our family and friends there was no “summer vacation” in our office this year. And yet, we loved every minute of it! Thanks to all of you who took the time to visit and to those of you who allowed us to learn more about your academic passions and intellectual curiosities.
Our crowds dwindle a bit during these first two weeks of September as students head back to school and we are taking advantage of this time to catch up on various other tasks. We are busy finalizing fall travel plans which will take us everywhere from Chicago to China, San Antonio to Seattle, Ecuador to England and dozens of other locations worldwide. Members of the Admissions Committee continue to deliberate on Early Decision applications as part of our rolling ED policy – sixteen students have already enrolled in the Class of 2018! We are also busy planning special admissions events that will take place throughout the fall for prospective students who come to campus during the fall visit season – we encourage you to join us.
September is an excellent time to remind all of us in the office why we enjoy the time we get to spend at Wake Forest. From a highly anticipated visit by the Carolina Chocolate Drops as part of our Secrest Artist Series next week to enjoying a late summer evening at Spry Stadium watching our nationally ranked men’s and women’s soccer teams, campus comes to life in September. As you finalize your plans for a visit to campus this fall, be sure to check out our Events calendar so you can make the most of your time “In the Forest.”
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.