Incoming Student (’27)

Welcome, Families of the Class of 2027!

For parents and families of students newly admitted into the Class of 2027, we are eager to welcome your student to Wake Forest in August 2023! This page will share preliminary information for families of the Class of 2027; our New Students website will go live around May 1st, and that will be your resource throughout the summer. There is also an Early Decision website with some general information for students in the Class of 2027.

We encourage you to wait on making firm travel plans until the New Students website goes live in May 2023, as your student might want to do a Pre-Orientation program, and different programs have different start dates. If you make travel plans prior to May 2023, please consider booking options that are flexible or easily changed if needed.

Verify Your Family Record

So that we are certain we have correct contact information for your family (to reach you in an emergency, to send you important Wake Forest news, or to send information about Wake Forest events in your area), we need each parent or guardian to log into our family record system, Wake Network, to provide their home address, as well as provide/verify your email address and phone number(s). You will be able to verify your family record after your student’s admissions deposit has been received and processed.

Log into Wake Network

In order to log into Wake Network, you will need:

  • Your student’s 8-digit WFU ID that was provided in their acceptance letter
  • A Google account (aka a Gmail account)
    • If you do not have a Google account, and/or if you have a non-US address, you will need to fill out a Family Record Form manually (Wake Network is not compatible with international addresses at this time).

Verifying your family record

Setting your privacy levels and searching for others in your home area

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Once we have your preferred email address in Wake Network, we will begin including you on invitations to events in your home area, and will send you the monthly Wake Parents & Families email newsletter; see archives here.


Daily Deac Blog

The Daily Deac is a blog that shares important news, offers advice about supporting your students, and covers a variety of WFU activities and events to help you get a sense of campus life. You can subscribe to the Daily Deac by entering your email address in the SUBSCRIBE box. We also invite you to follow us on our official University Facebook page (Wake Forest Parents) and Twitter (WFUParents).


Commonly Asked Questions

  • When will my student need to move in and when is Orientation?  I want to make travel plans now.

    We encourage you to wait on firm travel plans until the New Students website goes live in May 2023, as your student might want to do a Pre-Orientation program, and different programs have different start dates. If you make travel plans prior to May 2023, please consider booking options that are flexible or easily changed if needed.

  • When is Family Weekend 2023?

    The dates for Family Weekend 2023 are Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24. The Wake Forest football team will face Georgia Tech at Truist Field on Saturday, September 23. More information will be available later this spring and summer.

  • Can I make travel reservations for Thanksgiving or Winter Break once the academic calendar is set?

    We encourage you to be flexible in your planning. Normally it is wisest to wait until your student has their final course schedule (which they will have after Orientation and the drop/add period) to purchase airline tickets for breaks. Students must consult their course syllabus for each class and/or talk to professors about the course schedule and final exam times. While families can use the academic services calendar as a general guideline for travel, some professors will schedule exams or assignments on the last day of class before break; other professors have attendance requirements that only allow a certain number of missed classes. Final exam schedules will be posted on the Registrar’s website when they are finalized. NOTE: in pre-pandemic times, women participating in sorority recruitment traditionally arrived in January a few days before classes begin; you might wish to wait until the recruitment schedule is announced before making firm travel plans.


Family Communications Guidelines and Philosophy

As your student prepares to join our campus community, we invite all families to review our Parent and Family Communications Guidelines and Philosophy to understand how we work with families, when you can expect to hear from Wake Forest, and how best to support your Deac on their college journey.


About the Calendar…Use a Pencil, Not a Pen

If we’ve learned anything during the pandemic, it’s been the importance of flexibility amid changing circumstances. Dates in emails and on websites are accurate at the time of publication, but the University will adapt to any changing conditions as needed. When making travel plans, please remain flexible and be aware of hotel/airline change policies when making reservations. Starting in early May 2023, visit the New Students website regularly for the most updated information.


For More Information

Please feel free to contact the Office of Family Engagement at parents@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.4237 if you need additional information or assistance.

Orientation for WFU27 Starts in:

Summer 2023 Important Dates

August 18 or 19

  • Move-in dates for students enrolled in Pre-Orientation Program (optional)
  • Approved arrival date is dependent on the program and will be communicated by the Office of Residence Life and Housing

August 23

  • New and Transfer Student Move-in Day

August 23-27

  • New Deac Week Orientation 2023 (mandatory for new and transfer students)

August 23-24

  • New Deac Week Parents & Families Orientation Sessions (Strongly encouraged. For travel planning purposes, family orientation activities begin on August 23 and will conclude by 7:30 p.m. on August 24. Families should plan to depart on the 24th or 25th.)

August 28

  • Fall semester courses begin