Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Summer Immersion Program taking place on campus this summer?

We have made the difficult decision to shift the Summer Immersion Program from an on-campus experience to a virtual experience this summer. We are excited to announce the Summer Immersion Program – Online Experience. Details can be found on our webpage here.

How much will the Summer Immersion Program – Online Experience Cost?

The Summer Immersion Program – Online Experience will be $700 for all institutes except for the Medicine Institute. The Medicine Institute (which is a 2-week course) will be $995.

Why is the Online Medicine Institute different from the other online institutes?

The Online Medicine Institute offers the perfect hybrid of live teaching and independent study — all handled remotely in a content-rich, two-week curriculum. It is taught by Dr. Lindsay Strowd and Dr. Roy Strowd, Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty.

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.

How many hours will students spend online each day?

Meetings are live, to provide opportunities to engage in real-time with instructors and peers students should be in attendance at the scheduled time each day from 1:00 pm-4:30 pm EST.

What are the computer or software requirements for the Summer Immersion-Online Experience?

Prior to the start of the programming week, participants will be sent an email with credentials for an online account that will be used for all of the Summer Immersion Program – Online Experience meetings.

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

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

When are the programs offered?

Dates for the 2020 Summer Immersion Program – Online Experience are officially closed. Dates for the 2021 Summer Immersion Program will be announced on November 1, 2020.

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.

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.

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 (optional for Summer 2020). 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 to the Summer Immersion Program.

When is the application deadline?

The application for the 2020 Summer Immersion Program – Online Experience is officially closed. Applications for the 2021 Summer Immersion Program will open on November 1, 2020.

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:

Once a student is admitted and registers for the program of their choice,  a deposit of $350.00 is due to secure a seat in an institute. Payments are accepted online or via telephone at 980-224-9297.

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 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 meetings.

When is tuition due?

Students accepted into the Summer Immersion Program must register and submit the initial, deposit of $350.00 to reserve a seat in the institute of their choice. Full tuition is due upon registration.

If I register and pay now but then change my mind, can I get my money back?

Yes. Because of this unprecedented situation and the uncertainty, many families are experiencing, we will issue refunds requested up until two weeks prior to the start date.

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, it will add another dimension of hands-on experience to students’ college applications.

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 4-day program. All programs are non-credit.

I have additional questions, who do I contact?

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

Do I need a recommendation letter for admission?

No, due to COVID-19, we have waived the recommendation requirement for Summer 2020.

Do you offer any programming for middle school students?

We are excited to offer the Summer Exploration Program – Online Experience for rising seventh through rising ninth grade students.