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Are you ready to challenge yourself intellectually and experience life on the campus of a top liberal arts university?   Are you ready to join a diverse group of high school students from around the world in confronting a global challenge?   This summer 2016, choose from the following opportunities:  Global Sustainability or Cultural Crossroads (June 26 – July 15).

Eligibility to apply:

We welcome applications from rising juniors and seniors, U.S. and international students, those who think they know their place in the world and those who are just seeking to define it.

Let’s get started…

Step 1:     LENS Application Form

Our application is available in two formats:  online or paper.  We encourage you to use the online application, however, paper forms may also be submitted by mail.

Access online:        2016 Application Coming Soon

Download PDF:    2016 Application Coming Soon

Here’s a preview of what you will be asked…

  • Applicant Information
  • Academic Information
  • Parent Contact Information
  • Extracurricular Activities; Honors & Awards
  • Essays (two short responses)
  • Program Agreement

Step 2: Official High School Transcript

Submit transcripts from each high school you have attended.

Mailing Address:

LENS Program, Wake Forest University

PO Box 7385

Winston Salem, NC 27109-7385

Attn. Janice Claybrook

Step 3: Supplemental Materials

Applicants may be asked to supply academic references or participate in a virtual interview with a LENS Leadership team member.

Things to know about the LENS application process:

Application review begins in early Spring and will continue on a rolling basis until the program is full.  Students are encouraged to apply early.

A separate application process is required to be considered for need-based scholarships. Access the LENS Financial Aid Application at  The financial aid priority deadline is March 20, 2016.

Due to high academic expectations and fast-paced classroom instruction, English language fluency is required to ensure student success in the LENS@Wake Forest program.  International applicants whose primary language is not English are required to submit a TOEFL score report to demonstrate English language proficiency.

In general, international applicants will need to obtain a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay in the U.S.  Refer to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you would apply for a visa for more information.

Contact us with any questions.     Phone: 336-758-2561