Using a webcam, a microphone, and the internet, some students applying to Wake Forest University can now sit in their living rooms at home and have a "face-to-face" conversation with an admissions counselor at the university, Wake Forest reports. The school began offering virtual interviews on a limited basis to early-decision applicants in October, and about 30 students have chosen the new option.  In December, virtual interviews will be available to other applicants as well. "While a personal visit is the first choice, the virtual interview is an innovative way to use technology to connect individually with those who, because of financial or other reasons, cannot come to campus," said Martha Allman, director of admissions at Wake Forest.  "This combines Wake Forest’s historic commitment to personal attention with our emphasis on technological innovation." Wake Forest began strongly recommending personal interviews for all applicants in May after it became the first top 30 national university to drop the SAT/ACT requirement for undergraduate admissions. The Admissions Office has conducted nearly 3,000 interviews, either in-person or via the web, since last spring.  Most of those interviews were conducted on campus or by admissions counselors traveling around the country. But virtual interviews with two-way video and audio have become an attractive option for some students. Wake Forest’s Information Systems Department worked with the Admissions Office on the technical aspects of the project and helped train admissions staff to use the technology…

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