Guest post from Eric Maguire, Vice President of Enrollment:
To date, more than 1,500 students have submitted a deposit to secure a seat in the Wake Forest Class of 2024. We are excited to welcome the talented students who decided to call Wake Forest their collegiate home. The class’ academic credentials rival those of prior cohorts. More than half of students are ranked in the top five percent of their graduating class, and more than three quarters are ranked in the top decile. Among standardized test submitters, the middle 50 percentile SAT score is slightly ahead of last year’s class, while ACT ranges remain unchanged.
The Class of 2024 is also notable for its socio-economic and racial/ethnic diversity. Nearly 10 percent of the incoming class qualifies for Pell grants, while an equal proportion identifies as first-generation college students. Among incoming first-year students, 24 percent identify as either African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, or of multiple racial backgrounds. This representation is greater than in previous years. Nine percent of the incoming class are international students, North Carolina residents comprise 16 percent, and 56 percent of the class is female.
In a typical year, more than 1,500 students in the first-year class would signal a significant over-enrollment, as only a portion of those deposits would “melt” over the summer and recent classes have had about 1,400 students. This is far from a typical year, with lingering uncertainty because of the coronavirus pandemic. Although it is difficult to predict attrition of deposits and resulting class size with precision, we believe we are well-positioned for a variety of future possibilities.
We will know our final incoming class size and profile later this summer, but I would like to celebrate this high-achieving group of students who have made the commitment to enroll — and recognize staff who worked tirelessly to enroll such a talented and diverse group. Hats off to the Admissions and Financial Aid teams who made an incredibly quick pivot to remote yield activities and helped guide these students to enroll at Wake Forest.
And let me offer a special thanks to a few individuals who were promoted to new roles in January and whose efforts are reflected in our incoming class: Karen Vargas was appointed to serve as Dean of Admissions; Dawn Calhoun was promoted to Sr. Associate Dean; and Terri Legrand was tasked with leading a new department of Enrollment Compliance and Technology. Their work, in addition to Tom Benza’s promotion to Director of Financial Aid after the June retirement of Bill Wells, will serve us well for many years to come.
As we have made the transition to remote teaching, learning and work, please know that we appreciate our campus community’s tremendous effort to affirm and continue the many qualities which make Wake Forest such a special University. I hope you will join me in welcoming the Class of 2024.
This message was sent earlier today on behalf of Provost Rogan Kersh
Wake Forest Faculty and Staff,
Dean of Admissions Martha Allman (’82, MBA ’92) has accepted a new position as Senior Assistant Provost. Effective July 1, 2019, Allman will join the provost’s office in a role combining advisory and leadership responsibilities, with particular focus on bringing greater coherence to the array of programs and services we offer our students.
As undergraduate admissions dean for nearly two decades, Dean Allman developed extensive knowledge of our students and campus, distinctively enabling her to integrate the services and programs that connect—and transcend—academic disciplines and support offices. Her long-standing relationships across our community with students, faculty, administrators, alumni, parents, and trustees are invaluable in advancing this essential work.
See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in November 2017:
Barbee, Russell LaMar; Police Officer; University Police
Bowen, Caroline; Coord, Territory Development; Advancement: National Major Gifts
Chakraborty, Debajit; Postdoctoral Research Assoc; Physics
Clarke, Jillian; Parking Enforcement Officer; Parking & Transportation
Doolittle, Christa Kay; Administrative Assistant; Art
Ford, John Phillip; Technical Assistant; Brendle Recital Hall
Gentry, Matthew Ryan; Multimedia Technician II; IS: Administration
Hansen, Chad Dwight; Additional Comp Faculty; Law: Master in Study of Law
Mitchell, Anna Yvette; Assistant to the Dean; Admissions: Undergraduate
Nelson, Indina Latria; Housekeeper; Graylyn: Rooms
Odell, Alisha Rochea; Server; Graylyn: Food Services
Pate, Antonio Demont; Dishwasher; Graylyn: Food Services
Porter, Corin E; Coord, Territory Development; Advancement: National Major Gifts
Powers, Frances Vaughn; Administrative Coordinator; WFUSB-Undergrad Summer Mgt Prog
Sells, George Franklin; Tennis Center Assistant; Athletics: Indoor Tennis Ctr
Sheridan, Margaret Louise; Academic Counselor; Dean of Wake Forest College
Speaks, Jodi Lynn; Group Fitness Instructor; Fitness Center
Svete, Jill Marie; Technology & Data Analyst; OPCD: Career & Professional Dev
Taylor, Shane Ulysses; Asst Dir of Student Engagement; Student Engagement
Bondurant-Clark, Shannon; Reynolda House: Security
Carver, Sarah Virginia; Reynolda House: Security
Clark, Andrew Lee; Graylyn: Guest Services
Cunningham, Lelia Ouida; Reynolda House: Security
Dovico, Adam; Education
Elmore, Alisa Jan; Admissions: Undergraduate
Mc Rae, Tabitha Angier; Student Health Service
McKinney, Jason Schachter; Reynolda House: Security
Miles, Ryan Patrick; Law: Admissions
Rainey, April Sunshine; Fitness Center
Rickert, Jeffrey David; Reynolda House: Security
Ruble, Kimberly Dawn; Center for Leadership and Character
Singleton, Bradley Reynard; Intercultural Center
Wedde, Margaret Ramsay; College: Academic Support
Categories: Staff News
See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in October 2017: