What should I know about academic requirements for students?
There is an overview of curriculum requirements for the first-year student, along with typical schedule and an explanation of our Basic and Divisional requirements.
What are Basic and Divisional Requirements?
The New Students website and the Undergraduate Bulletin provide a full list of Basic and Divisional Requirements. In each academic department’s section of the Undergraduate Bulletin, courses that satisfy Divisional Requirements are marked with a (D) at the end of the course description.
What are academic advisers?
Every new student is assigned an academic adviser (usually a faculty member) and a student adviser. Before every registration period, students have a meeting with their academic adviser (with the exception of the summer prior to enrollment, when first-year students will register for courses themselves). There are also professional academic counselors in the Office of Academic Advising to assist students.
Why does Wake Forest assign initial academic advisers without regard to students’ initial expression of potential interest in a major?
The Daily Deac parent blog explains the rationale in detail here.
When do students declare a major?
Majors are typically declared in the second semester of the sophomore year, at which point a new academic adviser is assigned in the department(s) of the major(s)..
What are First Year Seminars and Writing Seminars?
First Year Seminars, which enroll 15-18 first year students, are taught by faculty from all departments. These seminars include discussion and debate on issues and examination of opposing viewpoints that will hone students’ critical thinking skills and written and oral arguments. Writing 111 Seminars are very similar in format, with a heavier emphasis on writing.
Are free tutoring services available?
The Learning Assistance Center provides free one-on-one and group tutoring services. Tutors are generally available for courses that satisfy divisional requirements, including sciences and foreign language. There is also a Math and Stats Center, Writing Center, and Chemistry Center. Some academic departments also keep a list of private tutors students can hire (the student pays the tutor’s fee).
Do AP (Advanced Placement) and/or IB (International Baccalaureate) courses completed in high school count for Wake Forest credit?
Depending on the score of the test, a student may get credit. See the AP Credit and IB Credit page for more information.
My student is thinking about forgoing AP/IB credit- what should he/she consider first?
Once AP/IB credit is relinquished it cannot be granted again; the decision is final. Prior to making a decision, students should discuss this with an academic counselor in the Office of Academic Advising, a faculty adviser, or an academic program director.
When are semester breaks and holidays? How do I know when to purchase tickets for my student to come home?
Before families purchase airline tickets for breaks, students must consult their course syllabus and talk to professors about the course schedule and final exam times. While families can use the academic calendar as a general guideline for travel, some professors will schedule exams or assignments on the last day of class before break; other professors have attendance requirements that only allow a certain number of missed classes. Final exam schedules will be posted on the Registrar’s web site when they are finalized. NOTE: women participating in sorority recruitment typically arrive in January a few days before classes begin; see the Fraternity and Sorority Life web site.
How do I get access to my student’s grades?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law which is designed to protect the privacy of and limit access to the educational records of students. In order for family members to see their student’s grades, students must grant “proxy access,” Students can create proxy user accounts and assign access to specific items such as class schedule, mid-term and final grades, academic transcript, and degree audit/progress. See more from the Daily Deac blog about student privacy.
What should my student do if he/she has issues with registration or his/her class schedule?
Students will meet with their advisers during New Deac Week (aka Orientation) to discuss their schedules and will be able to make adjustments to their course registration, if needed and if course availability allows, at that time. Students can also work with the professional academic counselors in the Office of Academic Advising (OAA). Students can either go to 125 Reynolda Hall or call 336.758.3320 to make an appointment.
Are parents able to assist with their student’s schoolwork?
No. Students must abide by the Honor Code, as explained in the Student Code of Conduct. Wake Forest offers many free tutoring options (Math and Stats Center, Writing Center, Chemistry Center, Learning Assistance Center) for students to receive help. If students reach out to family members for help, the family should refer their student to these on-site resources. Emotional support and encouragement from families is wonderful, but under no circumstances should a family member actually do the work on behalf of the student. Read more.
What if I have questions about my child’s academic performance?
Contact the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) at 336.758.3320 or email@example.com. Families should not contact faculty members; the faculty-student relationship should be built by the student. In addition, faculty will not know whether the FERPA (Family Educational Right to Privacy Act) proxy access has been granted, but the OAA will know students’ FERPA status.
My student has received a very poor grade in a course. What options are available?
From the Undergraduate Bulletin: “A student may repeat at Wake Forest a Wake Forest course for which he or she has received a grade of C- or lower. In this case, all grades received will be shown on the transcript, but the course may be counted only one time for credit.” One strategy for retaking a course previously failed is to consider doing so in one of Wake Forest’s summer school sessions.
My student has a professor who has an accent that is difficult to understand. He/she does not want to get a bad grade in the class. What is the best course of action?
The Office of Academic Advising has recommendations, which were shared in a Daily Deac blog post.
Does Wake Forest offer summer school, and what should we know about it?
Yes, Wake Forest offers a Summer Session. There are many different reasons that students might consider taking classes over the summer. Read more about Summer Session on campus. In addition, it is possible for students to take some classes at approved colleges and universities closer to home; see the Registrar’s site for more details on taking classes elsewhere.
Who should I contact to notify of a family emergency that affects my student?
To report a serious illness, family emergency or other matters that might affect your student’s wellbeing or academic progress, contact the Office of Academic Advising at 336.758.3320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you need to report an urgent situation that requires immediate attention, the 24-hour contact number for parents or families is the University Police number, 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (for the kind of emergency where you would call 911). They can get in touch with the on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.
If my student is ill with mononucleosis (“mono”), what should he or she do?
The Student Health Service provided the following information/recommendations about mono.
Who should my student notify if he/she is delayed getting to campus following an official University break (like winter break, spring break, etc.)
Students should contact their professors directly to let them know of their delay. They can also contact the Office of Academic Advising at email@example.com and alert their roommate(s) and RA (Resident Adviser).
What are the requirements to be on the Dean’s List?
The Dean’s List includes all full-time, degree-seeking students in the College and the School of Business who have a grade point average of 3.4 or better for a full-time course load in the semester and who have earned no grade below C during the semester.
What Textbook options are offered?
Textbooks, located beneath the Bookstore in Taylor Hall offers new, used, and rental textbooks (as well as course packs and digital versions as requested by the faculty).
How do students obtain their textbooks?
Once students have registered for their classes, if they want to order online at the Bookstore, they can do it online. Students may also purchase their textbooks in person – the textbook Department is located on the bottom level of the Bookstore in Taylor Hall.
What is Buyback?
Buyback is a chance to sell back used books for cash. When a book is being used again on our campus, we are able to buy books back from students who no longer need them.
How can I pay for Textbooks?
We accept all major credit cards, cash, check, and Deacon Dollars.