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New Parents

For families in the Class of 2020, enrolling this fall: please see the website for information pertaining to Orientation and Move-In activities.

Move-In Day for new students will be August 26, 2016.  There will be some Orientation activities for parents on Friday, August 26th, and the remainder of parent orientation will be on Saturday, August 27th.  Typically the formal orientation sessions for parents conclude in early afternoon of August 27th (though there are some optional sessions that run until around dinnertime), so many families will leave Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.  The first day of classes will be August 30.  

NOTE: some of our students elect to participate in optional pre-orientation programs; these take place a few days before official Move-In and cover a variety of different subjects/activities.  You may wish to avoid buying plane tickets for Move-In if your student thinks he/she might want to do a pre-orientation program.  Many parents choose to send their student to pre-orientation programs with the bare minimum supplies they need, then parents follow down on Move-In day with the rest of their belongings; this allows parents to participate in all Orientation activities.

Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th.  Student Union, who plans all Family Weekend activities, will have details about the weekend closer to the summer.  Registration for Family Weekend is scheduled to open on Monday, July 18.  If you wish to look into hotel reservations now, see the hotels page.  


For parents and families of the Early Decision students enrolled into the Class of 2021, we are eager to welcome your student to Wake Forest in August 2017!

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.  (Note: if you are an alumnus/a, or have another student enrolled at Wake Forest, you do not need to submit a new Parent Record Form, as you are already in our system.  If you have a new address, email, job, etc. simply update any new or changed information via the Update Information Form.  This form is used for all alumni, parent and friends’ updates).

NOTE: some of our international students have had difficulty getting the Parent Record Form to show up on their computers.  Sometimes computer forms work better in one Internet web browser better than another.  In the event you have difficulty with the Parent Record Form, please try using a different browser (for example, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.)

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).

When is Campus Day for Accepted Students and what is the schedule?
Admissions will host Campus Days in April 2017, dates TBA. Accepted students and their parents can choose to attend the day that best suits their schedule.

What is the New Students web site?
In mid-May 2017, a Newstudents web site will be released; it will have a special section just for families.  We will add a link to that site when it is live.  NOTE: the information currently on the Newstudents web site is for the Class of 2020 only.

When does my student need to register for classes, select housing, etc.?
All incoming students in the Class of 2021 will do those activities (and many more) during summer 2017.

When is Family Weekend?
Those dates will likely not be announced until later this fall or early spring.  Family Weekend cannot be set until we know the 2017 fall football schedule, which is typically announced in January.  Once those dates are known, we will post them here and on the main Parents’ Page.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Family Engagement at if you need additional information or assistance.

Welcome to Wake Forest!