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Undergraduate research is a major focus of Wake Forest University, a 5,200-undergraduate, test-optional, liberal-arts school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, 45 majors, and 60 minors.

Through our Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) Center, we help students find professors, and vice-versa, to explore shared areas of interest, alert them to funding opportunities, showcase their research, and provide support for class, conference, and publication work.

We want fully and publicly to support research that expands our worldviews, helps us come to terms with the world’s irreducibility, and shapes and reshapes our interpretations of this complexity.

Learn more about URECA – and about all aspects of Wake Forest – by registering for our live virtual information sessions, which are taking place this June!

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Categories: Prospective Students

The Story of You.

We went test-optional more than a decade ago, so we know options work. That’s why Wake Forest Admissions wants to give you even more. You know you best, so you’ll decide the best way to tell us the story of you.

This year’s application will offer you choices about how to communicate your personality, perspective, and academic passions, whether it be through conceptually provocative supplemental essay questions or a personal interview.

Our goal is to get to know you.

We look forward to making our application available in early August, the same time as the Common and Coalition Applications. The option to interview with us is only offered after you have applied.

You are comprised of many qualities, and we want you to have the chance to share as many of them as you can with us. We can’t wait to meet you.

And now, you may learn even more about us, as our campus has reopened to visitors! You will be required to wear a mask and socially distance. Stop by Porter Byrum Welcome Center (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) to pick up a self-guided tour book. And student-led tours will begin in July, with details about registration available on our website by the beginning of June.

We look forward to welcoming you to our home!

Warmest regards,

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

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Admissions Update

Thank you for your patience awaiting the release of undergraduate admissions decisions from Wake Forest University. We know that students are eager to learn of their decision, which we plan to release shortly.

This year’s application review and selection process was unlike any other, notably marked by an uptick in applications and selectivity. Like some of our peers, we experienced a surge in applications, a record-setting 28% increase from the year prior. This resulted in a reduced admit rate and some very difficult committee decisions. While we celebrate the students admitted to the Class of 2025, we recognize that we could not extend such an offer to many qualified students.

This year was also exceptional for the shift (and perhaps forced adoption) of test-optional policies among our peers. Wake Forest was the first U.S. News & World Report Top 30 ranked university to adopt a test-optional approach more than a decade ago. We believe this policy has encouraged us to get to know students beyond the numbers to build a stronger incoming class. It looks like our secret is out.  We knowingly tip our Demon Deacon top hat as more schools commit to test-optional admissions beyond this pandemic year.

COVID-19 has limited the college search and selection process for so many of our high-school seniors. We are offering admitted students the opportunity to tour our campus and participate in a host of virtual programs before making their enrollment decision.

Like so many of you, here on campus, we look forward to brighter days that represent a new normal, encompassing lessons learned during this historic time of sacrifice, compassion, and grace. Because of the hard work and commitment of Wake Forest faculty and staff, we anticipate fully in-person classes for our undergraduates and a return to activities that signify the college experience. No matter what college your students attend, we hope they’ll find that experience that sends them into the world to help others find the meaning of our university motto, Pro Humanitate: for humanity.

Eric Maguire
Vice-President for Enrollment
Wake Forest University

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Admissions Answers in Response to Prospective Students’ COVID-19-Related Questions

Wake Forest University knows that your life has changed during this pandemic. We want to work together to give you an admissions experience that meets your needs.

You may have noticed that many colleges and universities are suddenly test-optional. Wake Forest is too, but we made that move permanently more than a decade ago. We knew back then that we wanted your application to help us get to know you as a person. At our university, you are never penalized for choosing not to submit admissions test scores. During this pandemic, when there’s limited access to standardized testing, you may not even have test scores to *consider* sharing! It’s not a problem. Instead, use your application to tell us the story of you. The restrictions of the last year may make that more of a challenge. You haven’t been able to participate in all of the extracurricular activities that bring you so much joy. Instead, explain how you are spending your valuable time. You’re still learning, even if it’s remotely. How are you doing in those classes?

Some high schools are grading differently, even opting for a pass/fail assessment. Take a deep breath: we know that your transcript might look different; Wake Forest is prepared for that too. We’re working with your high-school counselors to understand new methods of assessment, so you don’t need to worry. Just do your best in your classes, and let us see that. Letters of recommendation may be harder to come by because you don’t have as much face-to-face time  with teachers and coaches. Put in your requests early, and also consider asking faith or community members who know you and your talents well.

Wake Forest Admissions is here to answer all of your questions. Reach out to us at admissions@nullwfu.edu.


Wake Forest University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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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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