You can complete our free application online!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I apply?
Who is eligible to apply to the College LAUNCH for Leadership Program?
Diverse high school students located in Winston-Salem, Charlotte or the surrounding areas, who are currently in their sophomore year can apply. Students participate in the program during their junior year of high school.
Do I have to live in Winston-Salem or Charlotte in order to participate in College LAUNCH?
Students from surrounding areas are welcome to apply, with the understanding that in-person attendance is required once a month at the Wake Forest main campus (for the Winston-Salem cohort) or the Wake Forest Charlotte campus (for the Charlotte cohort).
What are the application requirements?
Students must complete all sections of the application, attach a copy of their high school transcripts, complete two short essays, and complete the online recommendation. When Scholars formally accept the offer to participate in College LAUNCH, they also agree to honor our attendance requirement. We expect Scholars to attend all nine Saturday Summits. Only one unexcused absence is permitted.
Can international students apply?
Yes, if they are enrolled in a domestic high school located in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, or the surrounding communities.
Can home-schooled students apply?
Yes! Diverse, college-bound home-schooled students located in Charlotte, Winston-Salem or the surrounding communities can apply.
How long is the required personal statement?
The personal statement should be a minimum of two paragraphs and a maximum of one page.
When will I be notified of my acceptance?
Students will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis. All applicants will be notified via email.
Will there be a waitlist for students who want to participate in a cohort that has already been filled?
Yes, once a cohort is full students who apply after will be added to the waitlist. Students will be notified via email regarding waitlist status.
Will participating in College LAUNCH help me get into Wake Forest?
Our mission is to prepare our Scholars for success in college and beyond, regardless of which higher education institution they choose to attend. College LAUNCH for Leadership is not a pipeline program to Wake Forest University, meaning there is no pressure to apply to Wake Forest nor is participating in College LAUNCH a guarantee that Scholars will be admitted into Wake Forest. While participating in our program exposes Scholars to the many great things that Wake Forest has to offer and some of our Alumni do choose to attend Wake Forest, our College LAUNCH Alumni go on to attend a variety of amazing colleges and universities across the country.
Will College LAUNCH operate virtually or in-person for the 2021-2022 year?
College LAUNCH will operate on a rotating schedule of virtual and in-person programming for the 2021-2022 year. This decision was made based on public health guidelines from the CDC, WHO, Governor Cooper, and Wake Forest University. We will be utilizing ongoing data and best practices throughout the year and will make any appropriate programming adjustments as needed, in order to create a program that provides the most safety to our Scholars, Alumni, and Pre-College Team.
Is there a cost for the program?
The program is FREE for admitted students.
What are the requirements of the program?
We ask that our Scholars arrive 10 minutes before each summit and come prepared with a positive attitude. Additional expectations for the program will be set during orientation.
As a parent, am I obligated to participate in any of the summits? And if so, what if I cannot attend?
Parents/Guardians will be asked to attend two sessions: Optional Parent/Student Orientation (which lasts for 30 minutes and takes place during our September Saturday Summit) and Discover Wake Forest Day (which takes place in February). Please inform a staff member if you are unable to attend. Families are invited to the Graduation Celebration in May to commemorate the completion of the LAUNCH program with our Scholars, faculty, and staff.
How many family members can attend the Discover Wake Forest Day in Winston-Salem?
Our Scholars are allowed to bring one additional adult family member to Discover Wake Forest Day. As the date gets closer, you will have the opportunity to RSVP for the event in order to reserve your seats.
When does the program begin and end?
The program runs from September to April/May and meets one Saturday per month from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm or if virtual 10:00 am – 12:30 pm.
What are the benefits of the program?
Our Scholars will complete a comprehensive curriculum focused on developing skills for academic, professional, and personal success. Scholars will receive training on effective writing and interview skills for the college admissions process. Our Scholars will have opportunities to connect directly with leaders, community members and industry professionals in multiple disciplines. Scholars will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.
What if I cannot attend every session?
Our Scholars are expected to attend all nine Saturday Summits. With that being said, Scholars are allowed one absence in the event of an extenuating circumstance. If you anticipate missing a Saturday Summit, please reach out in advance to Dr. Meleah Ellison, Program Manager of College LAUNCH for Leadership (email: email@example.com or phone: 980.224.9303).
Please note that there are exceptions to our policy related to unavoidable and unforeseen emergencies (including those related to Covid and those that are not). Please reach out to Dr. Ellison with any questions.
If I am accepted and I decide not to attend, what should I do?
Applicants, please contact Dr. Meleah Ellison (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 980.224.9303).
Who can I contact if I have more questions about the College LAUNCH for Leadership Program?
Please email all questions to email@example.com.