First Year (’25)

Weekly messages for parents and families of incoming students in the Class of 2025 will be posted during the fall semester. We hope these will be a helpful resource for you as your student transitions to life at Wake Forest. Bookmark this site and check back each week for a new message. Families should also visit the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) parents and families page for information about supporting your students.

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

September 20, 2021

One of the hallmarks of the Wake Forest experience is the relationships that can be developed between students and faculty. Like any relationship, those have to be built over time, with… [Read More]

Navigating social life

September 13, 2021

One of the challenges that new students face is how to navigate social life. That includes everything from finding friends, to what to do on a Friday or Saturday night, to making decisions about alcohol and… [Read More]

The Frantic Phone Call/Text/FaceTime

September 6, 2021

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 every nuance of your student’s… [Read More]

Adjusting to the academic workload and homesickness

August 30, 2021

This week’s message for first-year families is about two common issues students face in their first few weeks of school: adjusting to the academic workload, and homesickness.

In… [Read More]

College is finally here!

August 23, 2021

Your student has registered for classes, bought books, and college classes are about to start. This transition brings new dynamics into the relationship you have with your student…. [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 handle their business as independently as possible. Use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method when your student contacts you with a problem, a decision to make, etc.

Orientation 2021 presentations