Incoming Student (’27)

Welcome, Families of the Class of 2027!

For parents and families of Early Decision students newly admitted into the Class of 2027, we are eager to welcome your student to Wake Forest in August 2023! (If you are an incoming family in the Class of 2026, please see this page.)

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 verify your family record. 

  • Note: families do not show up in Wake Network until their student’s admissions deposit has been received and processed; depending on how you paid your deposit (e.g., check you mailed in via US Postal Service, etc.), that could take a week or two to be received and processed.

Beginning in spring 2022, data from students’ admissions applications feed directly into our family record system, so the bulk of your contact information should already be in Wake Network once your student’s admissions deposit is received and processed.

Home addresses are unable to be loaded from the admissions application, so we need all families to provide their home address, as well as provide/verify your email address and phone number(s)

This video shows you how to access Wake Network. Please review your family record as soon as possible. (Note that you can adjust the settings to HD and turn on captions in YouTube).

We also invite you to watch our second video on how to edit your privacy settings and use Wake Network to search for families in your home area.

Logging in to Wake Network is our preferred method to verify your family record information. Wake Network requires a Google account (aka a Gmail account) and your student’s 8-digit WFU ID that was provided in their acceptance letter. If you do not have a Google account, you will be asked to fill out a Family Record Form; please note that it will be less time-consuming for you to create a Google account and log into Wake Network to review your existing information than it will be to fill out a Family Record Form manually.

For international families who cannot access a Google account (and must fill out the Family Record Form manually): sometimes the Family Record Form works better in one Internet web browser than another (i.e., if you are using Mozilla Firefox and it isn’t working, try Internet Explorer, or vice versa).

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

Until the New Students website goes live for the Class of 2027 in May 2023, the Parents and Families page will be your portal for news and information especially for parents and family members.  We hope you will bookmark it and visit it often as you get to know Wake Forest.


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).


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.


Commonly Asked Questions

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

    Those dates will be available closer to the spring of 2023. 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, we encourage you to consider booking options that are flexible or easily changed if needed.

  • When is Family Weekend 2023?

    The date for Family Weekend is typically chosen to coincide with a home football game. The football schedule is typically not released until late January or early February. Once a date is chosen, we will publish it on parents.wfu.edu and in the Daily Deac blog.

  • 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 web site 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.


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.