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. Families should also visit the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) parents and families page for information about supporting your students.

Reflection during Winter Break

December 14, 2020

First-year families: your Deacs are done! Winter Break officially begins! As such, this will be our last Weekly Message.

Now that your Deac has completed their first semester of college – and… [Read More]

Finding a Mentor

December 7, 2020

One of the great benefits to attending a school of Wake Forest’s size and scope is that your students will have the opportunity to connect with a mentor here, if they will take advantage of it.

Sometimes a mentor… [Read More]

As Finals Approach

November 30, 2020

Your Deac’s first set of college final exams is just around the corner. Finals run December 7-12.

A to-do list from a student studying for finals in the ZSR Library.

A to-do list from a student studying for finals in years past. Click to enlarge.

There will be a lot of work in… [Read More]

Dos and Don'ts of Thanksgiving Break

November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving Break is likely the first time your Deacs will be home for an extended period of time. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts to consider for your reunited family.


Ask them about their friends…. [Read More]

Prepping to Return Home

November 16, 2020

Your Deacs have another week or so on campus, then they will be coming home for an extended break (unless they petition to stay due to hardship). This means they need to begin thinking about what they need… [Read More]

Having Your Deacs Home for an Extended Time

November 9, 2020

Thanksgiving break is a couple of weeks away, and the vast majority of Wake Forest students will be headed home to finish classes and finals remotely, and will remain home for an… [Read More]

Panhellenic (sorority) recruitment

November 2, 2020

This week’s Weekly Message for First Year families offers some advice for parents/families of women who will be participating in the virtual Panhellenic recruitment process (what we called… [Read More]

Thoughts on Registration

October 26, 2020

Registration for spring semester classes begins the week of November 19th. Students will select up to 8 hours of classes in Round 1 (November 19-20), and then will select the remaining classes in Round 2… [Read More]

Health and Wellbeing

October 19, 2020

If your student has never lived away from home before – and most Wake Forest students have not – being a college student means being fully responsible and autonomous for all aspects of daily life. Absent Mom,… [Read More]

The Honor Code

October 12, 2020

Honor is something we take very seriously at Wake Forest.  We have an Honor Code that all students must abide by, and which guides the behavior of our campus. It is the University’s ethical standard and code… [Read More]

Midterm Exams

October 5, 2020

Last week’s message was Grade Expectations, which provided advice on how to think about your student’s grades in a realistic and supportive way. This week, we will talk about midterms.

Midterms are exams… [Read More]

Grade Expectations

September 28, 2020

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 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]


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.