weekly messages for P'21 families

First Year (’21)

Weekly messages for parents and families of incoming students in the Class of 2021 are here as a resource for you as your student transitions to life at Wake Forest. Bookmark this site and check back each week for a new message.

Ups and Downs

October 16, 2017

One of the most challenging things for college parents and families is deciphering their student’s emotions.  Instead of being at home across the kitchen table – where you can see your student’s face and body… [Read More]

The Honor Code

October 9, 2017

Honor is something we take very seriously at Wake Forest.  We have an Honor Code that all students must abide by, and which guides the behavior of our campus.  It is the University’s ethical standard and… [Read More]

Test Anxiety and Midterms - Two Perspectives

October 2, 2017

Midterms are happening soon, and they are definitely on your students’ minds.  Here are two perspectives on midterms: one from a former student intern, who I will refer to as Intern E,… [Read More]

Grade Expectations

September 25, 2017

At this time each fall, I hear from first-year students who have gotten their first grade back on a test or on a paper – and they are panicking.  The grade is not what they expected or hoped for, they are… [Read More]

Getting Involved and Finding a Niche

September 18, 2017

Your first-year students are about a month in to school. They are adjusting to the new academic expectations and workload, and hopefully are finding a rhythm to college life. They are also… [Read More]

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

September 11, 2017

Classes have begun, and your students have been sorting through the syllabus for each of their classes, doing their homework and participating in class.  They are probably also realizing… [Read More]

Homesickness and Adjusting to Community Living

September 4, 2017

This week’s message for first-year families is about two common issues students face in their first few weeks of school: negotiating residence hall (aka dormitory) life and… [Read More]

Welcome to Wake Forest and Winston-Salem

August 25, 2017


After all the hard work of admissions applications and senior year of high school, your students have finally arrived at college!  Here we are at… [Read More]


To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.

If Your Student Has a Problem

One of the best ways parents/families can help their students is to let them solve their own problems. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem.  The flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Orientation 2017 slide shows

Select slide shows from Orientation sessions are available online.