Frequently Asked Questions

    On-Campus

  • Is the Summer Immersion Program taking place for Summer 2021?

    Yes, the Summer Immersion Program is taking place for Summer 2021. We will be closely monitoring CDC guidelines in regards to the Covid-19 virus with student health, safety and wellbeing as our top priority. At this time, we do plan to offer two options: on-campus, in-person programming and online programming.

  • I deferred my Summer 2020 registration to Summer 2021. Do I need to apply again?

    No, deferred students will receive information about how to register for Summer 2021 in early November.

  • Who is eligible to apply to the Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program?

    Current 9th to 12th grade students who are in good academic standing and have no school suspensions are invited to apply.

  • Can international students apply to the Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program?

    Yes, international students are encouraged to apply. Students are not required to submit a TOEFL score. However, students classified as international students are not eligible to receive need-based aid or scholarships.

  • Can home-schooled students apply to the Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program?

    Yes, home-schooled students are encouraged to apply.

  • Do students who completed the program last year need to reapply if they want to participate again?

    Yes, both new and returning students must complete a new application with updated materials. If you deferred your Summer 2020 registration/deposit to Summer 2021, you do NOT need to reapply.

  • What are the application requirements?

    To be considered for the Summer Immersion Program each student must submit an online application, as well as receive one recommendation from a school counselor, teacher or principal. Within the online application, students will list the name, phone number and email address of a reference who can speak to the student’s academic abilities and capacity to thrive in a college environment (the online recommendation cannot be requested from a family member, coach, religious leader or paid tutor). References will receive an automated email with a link to a form that asks questions about the student. High school transcripts are not required to apply to the Summer Immersion Program.

  • When is the application deadline?

    We accept students on a rolling basis until all programs are filled.

  • Is it frowned upon to show interest in more than one program?

    Students are encouraged to show interest in as many institutes as they desire and find interesting. The admissions decision is not based upon the number of institutes to which you check on your application.

  • How much does the Summer Immersion Program Cost?

    All Non-STEM Institutes are $2,500. This includes:

    • Animation
    • Business
    • Debate and Public Advocacy
    • Film 
    • Entrepreneurship 
    • Finance and Investing 
    • Health and Exercise Science
    • Health and Wellbeing 
    • Law 
    • Leadership 
    • Policy and Politics
    • Psychology
    • Sports Marketing
    • Virtual Reality
    • Writing

    All STEM Institutes are $2,700. This includes:

    • Biosciences and Engineering
    • Medicine
    • Neuroscience
    • Sports Medicine
    • Technology
  • Is scholarship support available? How do I apply for a scholarship?

    A limited number of need-based scholarships are available by application. Applicants interested in scholarships are encouraged to apply early. The scholarship application is a part of the general application and will be reviewed upon submission. Scholarships will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis.

    *Students classified as international students are not eligible to receive need-based aid or scholarships.

  • What are the dates for the Summer Immersion Program?

    Check out our dates page to learn more about when Institutes are taking place during Summer 2021.

    Dates for Summer 2021

  • How are students notified if accepted to a program?

    Once a student’s application and recommendation have been received a decision will be made and the student will be contacted by email. Students will receive the message “An update has been posted to your application status page. You may access your status page here.” Students will be able to see their decision letter on their student status page which can be found here: slate.summer.wfu.edu/apply/status.

    Once a student is admitted and registers for the program of their choice, a deposit of $550.00 is due to secure a seat in an institute. Payments are accepted online or via telephone at 980-224-9297. We also accept checks, which can be mailed to Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, 200 North College Street, Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28202. Attention: Betsy Schneider.

  • Is parking included in tuition?

    Charlotte Campus: No, parking is not included in 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 or in surface lots located at 500 North College Street. 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.

    Winston-Salem Campus: If a student is planning on driving to Winston-Salem and parking his/her car for the week, they must request a parking pass on the Travel and Transportation Survey. Students who drive to campus will have their keys collected, as students are not allowed to leave campus during their time at Wake Forest.

  • Is transportation to field trips included in my tuition?

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

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

    Students are encouraged to attend all five days of the institute to receive a Certificate of Completion. Many programs also include a group project in which all students will participate. 

    Winston-Salem Campus: Students check-in on Sunday and check-out on Friday.

    Charlotte Campus: Students begin the program Monday and complete the program Friday.

  • When is tuition due?

    Upon acceptance to the Summer Immersion Program, students are encouraged to register by submitting the enrollment deposit of $550 to hold their space in the program and week of their choice. Remaining tuition will be due no later than April 30, 2021. For students who register after April 30, full tuition is due upon registration.

  • Will there be a waitlist for students who want to attend programs that have been filled?

    Yes, students who are unable to reserve a seat in the institute of their choice can be added to a waitlist. In order to be added to the waitlist, students must submit a deposit of $550.00 to hold their space should an opening become available. Students who don’t move off of the waitlist can transfer into another available institute or have the initial deposit refunded. Students will be notified via email regarding waitlist status.

  • Does Wake Forest University provide transportation to campus?

    Charlotte Campus: Wake Forest University does not provide transportation to the Charlotte Campus. Students may be dropped off at the Wake Forest Charlotte Center as early as 8:45 am and picked up no later than 4:30 pm.

    Winston-Salem Campus: Wake Forest University will provide shuttle buses to/from the Piedmont-Triad International Airport (GSO) at the beginning/conclusion of the week. The Wake Forest shuttle service will transport students to campus from GSO at 2:30 pm on Sunday prior to the start of the Institute

    Upon conclusion of the institute on Friday, shuttle buses will depart for the airport at 12:30 pm. Students are encouraged to book flights that depart after 2:00 pm from GSO to ensure smooth travel. Students are expected to complete the Travel and Transportation Survey prior to traveling to campus.

    If a student is participating in a program in both Charlotte, NC and Winston-Salem, NC, it is their responsibility to provide transportation between the two campuses. Wake Forest University is not responsible for providing transportation to or from one campus to the other and does not provide housing over the weekend.

  • If I am participating in two programs, where should I stay over the weekend?

    Unfortunately, students are unable to stay in the residence halls over the weekend due to lack of staff supervision. There are many hotels in the area, near the University. 

    *Parents and students are responsible for reserving their hotel rooms, if needed. The Wake Forest Summer Immersion staff is not responsible for providing housing before or after programming. Students are not able to stay over the weekend in a Wake Forest University residence hall.

  • Will I be able to use the Wake Forest gym to workout during the Summer Immersion Program?

    Wake Forest University policy states that minors under the age of 16 are not allowed to use the facility and those over the age of 16 must-have 1:1 adult supervision and be accompanied by a staff member. The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program staff is not able to provide 1:1 supervision for every student and therefore students will not be able to use the gym during their time on campus. In addition, a parent/guardian is not allowed to sign a waiver to relinquish supervision requirements.

    Throughout the week, students will have access to volleyball and basketball courts, as well as an outdoor track. Students will be supervised by Wake Forest undergraduate Program Ambassadors during these activities.

  • Should I list my child as an unaccompanied minor when he/she flies to travel for the Summer Immersion Program?

    No, the Summer Immersion Program will not be able to provide staff members to retrieve and drop-off students to/from the airline gate.

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

    Like all summer enrichment programs, participating in the Summer Immersion Program will make students more interesting and experienced college applicants. Improved skills and understanding of interdisciplinary thinking will prove beneficial as students apply to college. Although participation in the Summer Immersion Program will not afford any preferential treatment in the Wake Forest admissions process, participating in the Summer Immersion Program is an example of demonstrated interest in Wake Forest.

  • 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 their respective Institute. All Institutes are non-credit.

  • What should I pack in preparation for staying on campus?

    Our 2021 Summer Immersion Program Packing List will be available on each student’s student status page once registered for an Institute.

  • Is there a dress code?

    Dress is casual. Please be prepared with layers, as classrooms can be chilly during the summer. Our 2021 Summer Immersion Program Packing List will be available on each student’s student status page after registering for an Institute.

  • I have additional questions, who do I contact?

    Please contact Program Director, Betsy Schneider, via email at summerimmersion@wfu.edu or via phone at (980) 224-9298.

  • Do you offer any programming for middle school students?

    We are excited to offer the Summer Exploration Program for 7th – 9th grade students!

    Online

  • Do you offer online programming over the summer?

    Yes, the Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program offers online programming in multiple formats, including live four-day Institutes and partially asynchronous/ live two-week courses. Students engage via Zoom and learn about various career pathways and fields of study. We also offer fully asynchronous courses, with no live sessions allowing students to learn on their own time.

  • Who is eligible to apply to the Summer Immersion Program Online?

    Current 9th to 12th grade students who are in good academic standing and have no school suspensions are invited to apply.

  • Can international students apply to the Summer Immersion Program Online?

    Yes, international students are encouraged to apply. Students are not required to submit a TOEFL score. However, students classified as international students are not eligible to receive need-based aid or scholarships. All online Institutes will start at 12:00 pm EST.

  • Can home-schooled students apply to the Summer Immersion Program Online?

    Yes, home-schooled students are encouraged to apply.

  • Do students who completed the program last year need to reapply if they want to participate again?

    Yes, both new and returning students must complete a new application with updated materials. If you deferred your Summer 2020 registration/deposit to Summer 2021, you do NOT need to reapply.

  • What are the application requirements?

    To be considered for the Summer Immersion Program Online each student must submit an online application, as well as receive one recommendation from a school counselor, teacher or principal. Within the online application, students will list the name, phone number and email address of a reference who can speak to the student’s academic abilities and capacity to thrive in a college environment (the online recommendation cannot be requested from a family member, coach, religious leader or paid tutor). References will receive an automated email with a link to a form that asks questions about the student. A formal recommendation letter and high school transcript are not required to apply.

  • Is it frowned upon to show interest in more than one program?

    Students are encouraged to show interest in as many institutes as they desire and find interesting. The admissions decision is not based upon the number of institutes to which you check on your application.

  • How much does the Summer Immersion Program Online cost?

    The Summer Immersion Program Online is $995 for all Institutes, except the Biosciences and Engineering, Medicine, Psychology, and Sports Medicine Institutes. These Institutes are $1,595. The Biosciences and Engineering, Medicine, Psychology, and Sports Medicine Institutes are offered as a two-week online course that incorporates our asynchronous Online Immersion courses with live Zoom sessions.

  • Is scholarship support available?

    A limited number of need-based scholarships are available by application. Applicants interested in scholarships are encouraged to apply early. The scholarship application is a part of the general application and will be reviewed upon submission. Scholarships will be reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis.

    *Students classified as international students are not eligible to receive need-based aid or scholarships.

  • How are students notified if accepted to a program?

    Once a student’s application and recommendation have been received a decision will be made and the student will be contacted by email. Students will receive the message “An update has been posted to your application status page. You may access your status page here.” Students will be able to see their decision letter on their student status page here.

    Once a student is admitted and registers for the program of their choice,  a deposit of $550.00 is due to secure a seat in an institute. Payments are accepted online or via telephone at 980-224-9297. We also accept checks, which can be mailed to Wake Forest University Charlotte Center, 200 North College Street, Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28202. Attention: Betsy Schneider.

  • When is the application deadline?

    We accept students on a rolling basis until all programs are filled.

  • When is tuition due?

    Upon acceptance to the Summer Immersion Program Online students are encouraged to register by submitting the enrollment deposit of $550 to hold their space in the program and the week of their choice. Remaining tuition will be due no later than April 30, 2021. For students who register after April 30, full tuition is due upon registration.

  • How many hours will students spend online each day?

    Sessions are live to provide opportunities to engage in real-time with Academic Leaders, professionals and peers. Students should log on at the scheduled time each day from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm, with a lunch break from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm. There will be an optional evening activity twice during the four-day program starting at 5:30 pm.

  • What are the computer or software requirements for the Summer Immersion Program Online?

    Prior to the start of the week, participants will be sent an email with credentials for an online Institute page hosted on Canvas. The link for the daily Zoom session can be found on this page and will be used for all of the online sessions.

  • Am I required to attend all four days of the program?

    Students are encouraged to attend all four days of the institute to receive a Certificate of Completion.

  • Is there a dress code?

    Dress is casual, but please dress appropriately for the video sessions.

  • Will participating in the Summer Immersion Program Online help me get into Wake Forest?

    Like all summer enrichment programs, participating in the Summer Immersion Program Online will make students more interesting and experienced college applicants. Improved skills and understanding of interdisciplinary thinking will prove beneficial as students apply to college. Although participation in the Summer Immersion Program Online will not afford any preferential treatment in the Wake Forest admissions process, participating in the program is an example of demonstrated interest in Wake Forest.

  • Which programs are non-credit?

    All programs are non-credit. The Summer Immersion Program Online 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 4-day program.

  • I am an international/west coast student and am interested in attending the Summer Immersion Program Online. Will the sessions be recorded?

    Yes, all Institutes will be recorded each day, although this does not include Breakout sessions. We encourage students to try to participate in the live sessions daily so they can experience all that the Summer Immersion Program Online has to offer which includes networking and engaging with professionals, faculty and peers in real-time.

  • I want to participate in an online program, but would rather do it at my own pace and not have to participate in live daily sessions. Do you offer any other online alternatives?

    We do offer asynchronous, online courses throughout the school year and summer. Our list of online asynchronous courses can be found on our Online Immersion Program website. The Online Immersion Program does not include the opportunity to engage in the live, online format.

  • I have additional questions, who do I contact?

    Please contact Program Director, Betsy Schneider, via email at summerimmersion@wfu.edu or via phone at (980) 224-9298.

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  • Do you offer any online programming for middle school students?

    We are excited to offer the Summer Exploration Program for 7th – 9th grade students!