Virtual & Video Interviews

UPDATE: We are no longer scheduling virtual interviews for the Fall 2021 application cycle. Video essay submissions are still available until January 5.

We’re Looking for You.

Only seniors who have applied for the Fall 2022 semester are eligible for a video submission; if you’re a part of this group, thank you for applying to Wake Forest! We very much look forward to reading your application!

We want to know as much about you as possible in the admissions process. And not just what’s on your transcript. Wake Forest is a relational place; we want to hear from students who can tell us about their education but also their self-education!

What are my next steps?

Once you have applied, you can select from the following choices. Note: As of November 18, we are no longer scheduling interviews for the Fall 2021 application cycle.

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Request an Interview

We are no longer scheduling virtual interviews for the Fall 2021 application cycle.

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Record a Video

Record and submit a two-to-three-minute video answering our prompt about current events. The last date to do so is January 5.

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Submit Your Application

Let the application you’ve submitted speak for itself! We’ve designed it to communicate your personality, perspective, and academic passions.

I’m Ready to Apply!


Interview Request (Optional)

We are no longer scheduling virtual interviews for the Fall 2021 application cycle.

If you have already scheduled a virtual interview with us, please take a look at our interview FAQs for more information on how to prepare.

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Reynolda Hall, Wake Forest University


“Your World” Video (Optional)

We want to see you speaking to the camera, answering the question posed below. This should not be a video compilation, and it should not be professionally filmed. A selfie video will do just fine!

Video Essay Question

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. What has caught your attention, and why?

  • Time limit: 2-3 minutes
  • Submission deadline: January 5

For more information and instructions, please visit your status portal.

We look forward to hearing from you! Please know that we invite, but by no means require, a video submission in the admissions process. If you choose not to submit a video, that’s okay.

Note: Instructions for setting up your status portal will be emailed to you within 24 hours of receipt of your application.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacon mascot

The Wake Forest Demon Deacon mascot


Interview FAQs

We are no longer scheduling virtual interviews for the Fall 2021 application cycle. If you have already scheduled a virtual interview with us, or are planning on submitting a video essay response, please take a look at the following FAQs for more information on how to prepare.

  • Who can interview or submit a video?

    Only rising seniors who have applied for the Fall 2022 semester are eligible. Transfer applicants and waitlisted Fall 2021 applicants are not eligible.

  • Are interviews or video submissions required?

    No; they are optional. They are simply another opportunity for us to get to know you better. Plenty of people will be admitted without an interview or a video submission. Again, they are not required.

  • What takes place during an interview?

    After you submit your application, you may request a virtual interview. Interviews are generally 25 minutes long. We’ll ask you questions about your high school and classes, your academic interests, your most treasured books, your talents, your service work, what you think about, and what you are studying!

  • How do I need to prepare for my interview?

    So before you interview, think of things you want to make sure we know about you. This is your chance. Think about what you are most proud of, most energized by, most concerned about, most looking forward to about the future. Try to work those things into your interview responses. We always end our interviews with, “What have we forgotten to ask you that you need to tell me?” And happily, the response is usually, “Not a thing. You got it.”

  • How do I prepare my video submission?

    Check out our blog where we give you steps in the right direction!

  • Why do you interview and invite video submissions?

    Plain and simple: we interview and invite video submissions because we want to know as much about you as possible in the admissions process.

    And not just what’s on your transcript or your recommendation letters or the essay that may have had some editorial suggestions from Mom or your English teacher.

    Wake Forest is a place that values intellectual curiosity, character, community, inclusion, and open-mindedness, and, in the course of our virtual-interview conversations or our video-essay question, we’re going to explore that.

    We want to hear from students who can speak about their intellectual interests!

  • How do I set up my status portal?

    Instructions for setting up your status portal will be emailed to you immediately upon receipt of your application.

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