Who is eligible to apply to a Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program?

Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors in high school in addition to incoming college freshman who are in good academic standing and have no academic or school suspensions are invited to apply.

Can international students apply to summer programs?

Yes, international students are encouraged to apply.

Can home-schooled students apply to summer programs?

Yes, we welcome applications from home-schooled students.

Do students who completed the program last year need to reapply?

Yes, both new and returning students must complete a new application packet with updated materials.

What are the application requirements?

To be considered for the Summer Immersion Program each student must submit an online application, as well as one recommendation form from a guidance counselor, teacher or principal. Please list the name, phone number and email address of the teacher or another person who can speak to the student’s academic abilities and capacity to thrive in a college environment (online recommendation cannot come from a family member or paid tutor).

When is the application deadline?

We accept applications on a rolling basis until space is filled in each institute. It is best to apply early since programs fill up quickly. We begin accepting applications on November 1, 2016. The scholarship application is a component of the online application for students in need of financial assistance. We are currently accepting applications for all institutes. Apply today!

How are students notified if accepted to a program?

Once a student’s application has been received along with the online recommendation, a decision will be made and the student and parent will be contacted by email.  At this time, a non-refundable deposit of $450.00 will be due no later than two weeks from the acceptance date. Payments are accepted online or submitted via check. Please mail all checks to Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program 200 North College Street Suite 150 Charlotte NC, 28202.

Can I apply to more than one program?

Yes, students are encouraged to apply to all programs of interest.

Is it frowned upon to apply to more than one program?

Students are encouraged to apply to as many institutes as they desire and find interesting. The admissions decision is not based upon the number of institutes to which you apply.

Am I required to attend all five days of the program?

Students are encouraged to attend all five days of the institute in which they are accepted to receive their certificate of completion.

Is there a dress code?

Dress is casual, but please dress appropriately for the activities scheduled for your institute.

Am I required to reside in Charlotte, NC to attend?

Students that live outside of the Charlotte area are welcome to attend. The Charlotte and Reynolda campus programs offer non-residential as well as residential options for specific institutes.  All nonresidential students must have transportation to and from the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center and/or Reynolda campus each day.

Is parking included in my tuition?

No, parking is not included in your tuition, however, there are several parking options for students that are both close and affordable.  Parking is available in the Wake Forest Parking Garage attached to our building ($20 per day) or in surface lots located at 424 and 500 North College Street ($7 per day).  Students may also choose to ride the LYNX Light Rail to the Charlotte Transit Center/Arena station and walk one block to the Wake Forest Charlotte Center.  Student fare on the LYNX is $2.20 for a round-trip ticket.

Is transportation to field trips included in my tuition?

Transportation to and from all off-site field trips is included in your tuition.

Are scholarship opportunities available?  If so, how do I apply?

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available by application. Applicants interested in scholarships are encouraged to apply early. Please complete the online scholarship application when submitting the general online application if financial assistance is needed. Scholarship decisions will be made on an on-going basis. Students and parents will be notified by email when a scholarship decision is made. Students have two weeks to accept or decline their scholarship. Scholarship recipients are asked to submit the remaining tuition balance by Monday, April 3, 2017. 

When is tuition due?

Students accepted into a Summer Immersion Program must submit the initial non-refundable deposit of $450.00 no later than two weeks from the date of their acceptance into the program. This reserves that student a seat in the institute of his/her choice.  The remaining balance is due before our summer sessions begin. Once a deposit is submitted the remaining tuition balance is due Monday, April 3, 2017.

  • Please note that due to the popularity of our programs, we cannot guarantee any admitted student a spot in his/her program until payment is made in full online with a credit card or a check mailed to the Wake Forest Charlotte Center. Checks should be mailed to 200 North College St Ste. 150, Charlotte, NC 28202 attention: Summer Immersion Program.

Programming Dates and Tuition 

Charlotte Summer Immersion Program Schedule 2017
Program Dates Housing Options Cost
Business and Entrepreneurship June 12-16 Nonresidential $1,450
Law June 18-23 Nonresidential/Residential $1,450
Sports Marketing June 18-23 Nonresidential /Residential $1,450/$2,250
Medicine June 26-30 Nonresidential $1,600
Technology June 25-30 Nonresidential/Residential $1,450/$2,250
No Programming July 3-7
Law July 9-14 Nonresidential/Residential $1,450/$2,250
Medicine July 17-21 Nonresidential $1,600
Business and Entrepreneurship July 17-21 Nonresidential $1,450
Leadership July 23-28 Nonresidential/Residential $1,450/$2,250
Winston-Salem Summer Immersion Program Schedule 2017
Program Dates Housing Options Cost
Medicine June 11-16 Residential/Nonresidential $2,500
Business and Entrepreneurship June 18-23 Residential/Nonresidential $2,250
Sports Medicine June 18-23 Residential/Nonresidential $2,250
No Programming July 3-7
Biosciences and Engineering July 9-14 Residential/Nonresidential $2,250
Academic Discovery (2-weeks) July 9-14 Residential $4,000
Academic Discovery (2-weeks) July 16-21 Residential ———-
Business and Entrepreneurship July 16-21 Residential/Nonresidential $2,250
Biosciences and Engineering July 23-28 Residential/Nonresidential $2,250
Business and Entrepreneurship July 30 – Aug 4 Residential/Nonresidential $2,250
Medicine July 30 – Aug 4 Residential/Nonresidential $2,500


I have accepted my spot and cannot attend, will my initial deposit be refunded?

No, the $450 enrollment deposit is nonrefundable.

Will there be a waiting list for students not accepted to the program?

Yes, we will assign each student a number on the waiting list and invite waitlisted students to submit their deposit of $450 to hold their space should an opening become available in the program. An email will be sent to those on the waiting list with instructions.

Will participating in the Summer Immersion program help me get into Wake Forest?

Like all extracurricular activities, participating in the Summer Immersion program will make you a more interesting and experienced applicant.  Your improved skills and understanding of interdisciplinary thinking will prove beneficial as you apply to college.  Although your participation in the Summer Immersion program will not afford any preferential treatment in the Wake Forest admissions process, it will add another dimension of hands on experience to your application.

 Which programs are non-credit?

The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is designed to enrich the student’s understanding of a particular career path or field of study. Students will select an area of focus for the one or two-week program. All programs are non-credit.

Does Wake Forest University provide transportation to campus?

For our nonresidential institutes based in Charlotte, Wake Forest University does not provide transportation to campus. Students may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center as early as 8:45 am and picked no later than 4:30 pm.

For our nonresidential institutes based in Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University does not provide transportation to campus. Students must be dropped off at Polo Residence Hall at 7:45  am and picked up at 4:30 pm Monday – Thursday, and Friday at 12:00 pm.

For our residential institutes in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University will provide shuttle buses to/from the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT) and the Piedmont-Triad International Airport (GSO), respectively at the beginning/conclusion of the week. The shuttle will leave the airport at 3:30 pm on the Sunday prior to the Institute and depart for the airport at 12:30 pm on the Friday at the conclusion of the Institute in Winston-Salem and 4:30 pm at the conclusion of the Institute in Charlotte.

Charlotte Campus programming will begin at 9:00 am Monday and continue daily until 4:30 pm Friday.

Reynolda Campus programming will begin at 9:00 am Monday and continue daily until 11:30 am Friday.

What should I pack in preparation for staying on campus?

Our 2017 Summer Immersion Program residential packing list can be found here.

I have additional questions, who do I contact?

Please contact Program Director, Kyla Hollingsworth via email at summerimmersion@nullwfu.edu or via phone at 704-365-1921.