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February 28, 2014

The Alumni Newsletter of  WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY


Photo by Sean Wilkinson ('15)

Snow sculptures, snowmen and snowball fights marked the campus scene.

EDITORS’ PICKS

Snowstorms, admissions news

As the photo above shows, February 12-13 brought big snow to campus. Winston-Salem's official total was 8 inches. Reynolda Campus shut down for 2½ days, but the work of admissions officers hardly missed a beat during their busiest time of year. After the roads cleared, they returned last week to national news affirming their test-optional admissions approach. In short, "Defining Promise: Optional Standardized Testing Policies in American College and University Admissions" found "trivial differences" between the long-term performance of students who submitted test scores and those who didn't.

On the admissions website, prospective students learn that Wake Forest was the first top-30 national university to make submitting SAT and ACT scores optional in the admissions process. I talked with Dean of Admissions Martha Allman ('82, MBA '92) about the policy that took effect with the freshman class of 2009 and what the findings in this unprecedented study of test-optional policies mean for Wake Forest. Read about our conversation here.

Best wishes,

Maria Henson

Maria Henson ('82)
Associate Vice President and Editor-at-Large
Wake Forest Magazine
magazine.wfu.edu


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