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New Parents

Congratulations to parents and families of students accepted into the Class of 2018!  We are eager to welcome your student to Wake Forest in August 2014!

Because Regular Decision applicants will receive their admissions decisions in late March or early April, it will be a number of months before we have official information to share about the Class of 2018.  In the interim, we hope you will take advantage of the following resources to help you get to know Wake Forest a little better:

The Parents’ Page will be your portal for news and information especially for parents and family members.  We hope you will bookmark it and visit it often.

We have a Daily Deac parent blog, which is meant to give parent and families (and even admitted students) a glimpse of life on campus.  You can subscribe to the Daily Deac by following these instructions.  We also invite you to follow us on Facebook (Wake Forest Parents) and Twitter (WFUParents).

So that we may begin including you on important communications from Wake Forest, please complete a Parent Record Form online at your earliest convenience.  Please be sure to include your email address on this form, as email is the primary means of communication with Wake Forest families.  Once we have your email, we will begin including you on our Wake Parents and Families email newsletter; see archives here.

NEW (3.7.14):  Because of a prank message posted on the WFU Class of 2018’s open group Facebook page, incoming students have received incorrect information regarding the room assignment process for first-year students and some are concerned that they have not received a fictitious email from our office.  The information below is accurate information regarding Residence Life and Housing’s process for room assignments regarding first-year students:  

First-year students are assigned housing with roommates based on the personal preferences selected on the Housing and Dining Application (available June 1) completed online after admission to the University. All selections chosen are only preferences and no guarantees can be made that an exact roommate match will be found based upon these preferences. Single and double rooms are randomly assigned based upon availability and when preferences can be honored.  Roommate or specific building requests are not considered. Incoming students will be notified of their room and roommate assignment in late July. Assignments are made without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin. We do not assign siblings or friends as roommates. We wait until we receive the Housing and Dining Application from a majority of students in order to match students based on your responses. When you receive your roommate assignment in July, please reach out to your roommate so you can begin getting to know one another. When you arrive on campus, you and your roommate will complete an agreement which will help define some expectations for how you will use the room.”

The date for fall Family Weekend 2014 has been set.  Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26, 2014.  Family Weekend is planned and executed by Student Union, the major programming organization at Wake Forest.  The schedule for the weekend and registration for events is typically released in mid-July.  When more information is available, it will be posted on the Parents’ Page as well as the Student Union website.

In late March or early April, the Admissions office will be sending out  information about Campus Day for Accepted Students, which will be held on Friday, April 11 and Friday, April 25, 2014.  The schedule for the day has not yet been set; in past years, the program has run most of the day.  This is an optional program, not a mandatory one, and students and parents can attend the date that is most convenient to them.  NEW:  Programming consists of two panels, where attendees hear from various faculty, staff, and students, academic majors seminars, special interest seminars (i.e. pre-health services, pre-law advising, career/personal development, etc.), student activities fair, academic department tours, etc.  The day will also give students a forum through which they can meet and interact with future classmates. Campus Day can help incoming students become more informed and knowledgeable going into the summer and next fall.  Everyone should benefit from the information shared at Campus Day, even Early Decision students!  Details and registration will be available from Admissions later in the spring, but you should know that the day will provide information about housing and course registration, as well as the opportunity to engage with current students.

We also have some parents asking about how to make arrangements for Move-In weekend. Wake Forest’s official Events Calendar shows that Move-In is Thursday, August 21, 2014.  However, before families make solid travel plans, you may want to consider waiting for this reason:  Wake Forest has historically offered a number of optional pre-orientation programs for students (an Outward Bound type trip, a Campus Ministry retreat, a volunteer service, etc.)

Not all students take advantage of those programs, but some do.  If your Deac might want to participate, you should be aware that he/she would need to arrive several days before Move-In (different programs have different start dates).  In those cases, normally the parents drive/fly their student to campus with the bare minimum supplies and then the parents bring the rest of the belongings on Move-In day.  Pre-orientation information will be available in May, so there will be more information then.

Please feel free to contact the Parent Programs office at parents@wfu.edu if you need additional information or assistance.

Welcome to Wake Forest!