Wake Forest University understands that to attract both a diverse and talented student body, we must offer competitive scholarships. Since 2008, the University has raised over $750,000 for a first-generation scholars program, Magnolia Scholars.
Wake Forest has also expanded admissions recruiting efforts, launching a new Undergraduate Admissions website, a new financial aid website and a special site for international students and a translation page in 11 languages. Undergraduate Admissions continues to place a strong emphasis on interviews and added online-Skype interviews as an option for students who cannot travel to Winston-Salem. Applications increased by approximately 50% over the first two years of this initiative. Admissions also constructed a new 23,000 square foot undergraduate admissions building to accommodate the increasing number of visitors to campus.
To recruit a more diverse group of students to our campus, an Associate Dean for Multicultural recruitment was hired in 2008. Undergraduate admissions also hired a full time international recruiter in 2008, and our number of international students has increased from 1% to 4% over the last three years. Admissions received over 300 applications from China this year.
Once students enroll at Wake Forest, access to diversity initiatives and programming remains pivotal. The Provost’s Office funded scholarships to increase faculty, staff and student participation in Institute for Dismantling Racism workshops and the administration also created “Advances in Faculty Diversity,” a manual for the Deans Council to enhance recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. The University now boasts 14 Certified Internal Diversity Trainers who conducted the Gatekeepers Workshops in 2009, 2010 and 2011and nearly half of the Reynolda Campus staff participated in the Gatekeepers I Workshop. New community spaces, such as the Multicultural Affairs student lounge, a recognition site for black fraternities and sororities, and a new location in Reynolda Hall for the Center for International Studies were all created since 2010. A new Office for Diversity and Inclusion will also be added to Reynolda Hall in Fall 2011.
The Office of Student Life launched “The Journey,” a leadership program for seniors in 2009 and first-year students in 2010. The “My Journey” program has an accompanying suite and offers personal assessments, training program, online education, and ePortfolios.
The University is also focused on developing new interdisciplinary programs, such as the MA in Bioethics, MA/MFA in Documentary Film and a MA in Translational Studies.