First Year (’26)

Starting August 15, 2022, weekly messages for parents and families of students in the Class of 2026 will be posted on this page. 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. Messages will also be linked in the Daily Deac.


Latest Updates

Midterm Exams

This week, we will talk about midterms. Midterms are exams that happen about the middle of the semester. Not every class has a midterm exam, but for those who do, they are definitely on your students’ ...

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

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 deliberate effort. Faculty want ...

Navigating social life

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 ...

The Frantic Phone Call/Text/FaceTime

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 ...

Adjusting to the academic workload and homesickness

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 college, each class has a syllabus that ...

Navigating Residential Life

The school year has officially started, and your Deacs have a new home in their residence halls. Here are some tips on how your Deacs can make the most of their residential experience. Communication, diplomacy, ...

College is almost here!

College is almost ready to start (and for students in Pre-Orientation programs, they have already moved in) – which means it’s time for us to begin our Weekly Messages for First-Year Families, which will be ...

Contact

To contact the Office of Family Engagement, please visit our contact page.