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 July 13 – August 1, 2013. Students will arrive to campus on Saturday, July 13 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 2013 is Sustainability – Operate locally and extend globally.
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.
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. However, those who are without a laptop or who do not wish to bring their personal machine will be given full computing support during their time at LENS. Each pair of roommates will be assigned one computer to share during the course of the program. If you do not wish to share a University-issued laptop, you should bring your personal machine.
Q: Where will I live?
LENS participants live on-campus at Wake Forest University in an undergraduate residence hall.
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 a maximum of 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.