Q: Who is eligible for LENS?
LENS is open to rising high school juniors and seniors.
Q: When is the LENS program?
LENS will take place June 23 – July 11, 2014. Students will arrive to campus on Monday, June 23 and dive right in. On the final day of the program, students will participate in a graduation ceremony and final presentations to families and faculty.
Q: How do I apply for LENS?
Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail. In addition to the application form, applicants are required to submit a high school transcript and two essay responses.
Q: What is the Academic Theme?
Our academic theme for LENS 2014 is Global Sustainability. The focus on sustainability has provided such a rich program for the past few years, we have decided to continue with such a dynamic and interactive academic focus.
Q: How much does the program cost?
The program fee for LENS 2013 is $4,000 which includes academic instruction, housing, meals, excursions and more . Read more about the program fee under Tuition. Students are responsible for personal spending and travel expenses to Winston-Salem. (Program fee for 2014 will be posted soon and will not change significantly from last year.)
Q: What is the mailing address for LENS?
LENS@Wake Forest PO Box 7688 Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7688 Attn. Leigh Stanfield
Q: Should I bring a computer?
Students are encouraged to bring a laptop computer for use in the classroom, group project work and communication. However, those who are without a laptop or who do not wish to bring their personal machine will be given computing support during their time at LENS.
Q: Where will I live?
LENS participants live on-campus at Wake Forest University in an undergraduate residence hall. Students will be assigned to a double-occupancy room.
Q: Can I bring a car?
While at LENS, all you transportation needs will be provided. Having a car on campus is not necessary and therefore not encouraged.
Q: Can I earn college credit through LENS?
Although you will not earn college credit as a LENS participant, you will gain access to a plethora of opportunities and people. You will work closely with your peers and Wake Forest professors to craft a community action plan that can be used in your home community to enact positive change. You will also receive an official certificate of achievement for your participation in the program.
Q: How big is the program?
LENS consists of approximately thirty-six students, divided into small groups for project work.
Q: Are there accommodations for disabled students?
Wake Forest University is a fully-accessible campus. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Q: Who are the LENS Program Assistants?
Program Assistants (or resident advisors) are undergraduate students who have been professionally trained to live and work with students in a residential setting. Program Assistants are selected because of their maturity and ability to foster inclusive and enjoyable living situations for residents.
Q: Can I choose my roommate?
LENS participants are not allowed to choose roommates.
Q: Will participating in the LENS program help me get into Wake Forest?
Like all extracurricular activities, participating in the LENS program will make you a more interesting and experienced applicant. Your improved writing skills and understanding of interdisciplinary thinking will prove beneficial as you apply to college. Although your participation in LENS will not afford any preferential treatment in the Wake Forest admissions process, it will add another dimension to your application and make you a more critical and effective thinker and writer.