First Year (’24)

Weekly messages for parents and families of incoming students in the Class of 2024 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.

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

September 21, 2020

Classes are in full swing, 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… [Read More]

Ups and Downs

September 14, 2020

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… [Read More]

Read Everything and What Is My Student Learning?

September 8, 2020

At the start of every semester, we ask parents and families to help us reinforce a message we want new students to hear (read everything) and a question we want families to ask… [Read More]

Bumps in the road

August 31, 2020

This week’s message for first-year families is about two common issues students face in their first few weeks of school: loneliness and homesickness.

Most of our students had grown… [Read More]

Welcome to Wake Forest and Winston-Salem

August 24, 2020

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 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 2020 slide shows

Parent and family Orientation sessions are available online.