Academic Discovery Institute

Academic Discovery Institute

Serious Learning. Serious Fun. Experience. Navigate. Solve.

Spend two weeks this summer at Wake Forest University discovering
how to change the way you learn, the way you think, and the way you lead. Wake Forest professors will teach you to explore complex issues and cultivate your potential to develop effective solutions. Engage in hands-on learning and inspiring conversations with like-minded peers. Sharpen your critical writing and research skills. Throughout the program, students will explore complex issues with opportunities to develop effective solutions to problems.

At a Glance

Dates: July 9th – 21st, 2017

Eligibility: Rising juniors and seniors in high school and rising freshmen in college

Program Length: 2 weeks

Program Tuition: $4,000

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

Residential or Non Residential: Residential

*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Academic Discovery participants.


What You’ll Experience

Academic Discovery Context:

Academic Discovery participants will each take one core course taught by Wake Forest faculty during their two week experience. Based upon their interest, students will have the opportunity to rank the four core courses and will be placed in the appropriate course. Students will also participate in special courses throughout the two weeks that contribute to the learning and project development in the core course.



Hands-On Experience:

  • Experiential Classroom
  • Hands-On Learning
  • Energizing Discussions
  • Living Labs
  • Immersion Excursions – Visit local businesses, museums and academic settings to deepen knowledge and understanding
  • Writing Seminar – Sharpen your writing by working with faculty and community partners to deliver real-world action plans
  • Embrace new friendships, enjoy social activities, and become part of our collegiate community.
  • Experience the college environment at its best through one of our exceptional faculty members

Courses Offered

Academic Discovery Institute Costs:

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $4,000

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 10:30am – Core Course
  • 10:30am – 10: 45 am – Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 pm – Oral Presentation Skills Workshop, Writing Workshop,
  • Google Tools or Library Research Skills
  • Noon – 1:00pm – Lunch
  • 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm Special Class – “What is Leadership?”, “ How to Navigate a Foreign Culture”, College 101, Admissions Workshop
  • 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Break
  • 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm Group Project, Lab, guest speaker or field trip
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Dinner
  • 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm Free time
  • 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Organized Evening Activities
  • 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights out

Wake Forest communication professor Mary Dalton.

Mary Dalton

Academic Leader, Academic Discovery Institute

Mary M. Dalton is Professor of Communication and Film and Media Studies at Wake Forest University where she teaches courses in critical media studies.
Her scholarly publications include articles, book chapters, and the books The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies, Teacher TV: Sixty Years of Teachers on Television, and the co-edited volume The Sitcom Reader: America Re-viewed, Still Skewed.
Her documentaries have been screened at various festivals, museums, galleries, libraries, and on public television. She is currently working on a longitudinal documentary project.