weekly messages for P'23 families

First Year (’23)

Weekly messages for parents and families of incoming students in the Class of 2023 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.

Grade Expectations

September 16, 2019

At this time each fall, I start to hear from first-year students who have gotten their first grade back on a test or on a paper – and they are panicking.  The grade is not what they expected or hoped for, they… [Read More]

Navigating the Classroom and Professors

September 9, 2019

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]

Homesickness and Adjusting to Community Living

September 2, 2019

This week’s message for first-year families is about two common issues students face in their first few weeks of school: negotiating residence hall (aka dormitory) life and… [Read More]

Welcome to Wake Forest and Winston-Salem

August 26, 2019

Someone told me this when my own son (a 9th grader) was born: “the days are long but the years are short.” Perhaps that feels true for you, too?

Here you are now, with first year students… [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 2019 slide shows

Select slide shows and handouts from Orientation sessions are available online.