7. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?
Applicants aren't always cognizant that the evaluation continues after the interview is over. If they make derogatory, inappropriate, or unprofessional comments to another student during their campus visit, the admissions office will hear about it. While it has only happened a few times over the last 10 years, it still horrifies us. There's no room for those candidates at Wake Forest.
8. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?
Who doesn't want students who are smart, good communicators, possess strong team work skills and are willing to work—and work hard? But at Wake Forest, there's more. We consistently talk with our applicants about two things: The first is that there is nowhere to hide. Nowhere. We know who you are. We know where you came from and where you want to go. If you miss a class, we notice. The second thing is that there is a high expectation that our students will be contributors, both inside and outside the classroom. There are significant opportunities to get involved and to take on leadership roles, and we need students who will roll up their sleeves and jump in. If you want to be a student Wake Forest, you have to be OK with this.