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Wake Parents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Parent Programs

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Wake Parents & Families
Special Edition for Parents and Families of New Students

Welcome, parents and families of new students! We are looking forward to your arrival on campus later this week. This special issue of the Wake Parents and Families e-newsletter provides some information to help you prepare for Move-In Day and Orientation.

Please be sure to stop by the Parent Programs table at the Campus Services and Information Fair on Thursday, August 21st between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Benson University Center. We’d love to meet you!

We wish you and your family safe travels and a very easy Move-In experience.

Go Deacs!


Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Director of Parent Programs


Move-In Day Logistics

Residence Hall check in will run from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21.If you plan to arrive after 5:00 pm please let Residence Life and Housing know by calling 336-758-5185 or emailing at

Campus Services Day will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 21. Stop by the Benson University Center to pick up your Deacon OneCard (student ID), mailbox key, Undergraduate Bulletin and other information. Representatives from Financial and Accounting Services, Financial Aid, Wake Forest Dining Services, Computing Services, Student Health Service, Learning Assistance Center, Textbooks and University Stores, Parent Programs, and other offices will be available to answer your questions.

To help parents and families prepare for some of the logistics of physical move-in, here are some tips on driving onto campus, getting your student’s belongings into his or her residence hall, and parking.

Please be sure to print a Move-In Parking Pass and display it on your car. You may also want to print out a campus map.

We have also compiled some best practices in how to approach Move-In from a personal standpoint. Take time to review these as well.

And this one is just for fun – be a part of Orientation social media efforts by using the tag #WFU18 on your tweets, posts, and pictures. You can see a compilation of some of the best Orientation coverage at Tagboard.

Orientation Schedule

The Orientation Schedule for the Class of 2018 is online. Please review the activities for parents and families (listed in gold) to be aware of sessions you wish to attend.

We hope you will join us in Wait Chapel at 7 pm on Thursday, August 21st for “Just for Parents: Helping with the Transition to College and Beyond.” This very popular program focuses on the effect of the college transition on the whole family, as well as issues college students face (transition issues, general college student challenges/opportunities, tips for parents to help communicate effectively with their college student, campus resources available). There will be a Q&A and reception with presenters and other WFU staff.

Formal programming for parents ends in the early afternoon of Friday, August 22. There are many times in the schedule where students are parents do separate things. This is intentional. It allows our new students to bond with each other and form friendships. Please stress to your student the importance of attending all required activities, and please do not pull them from activities to go to a parent orientation session.

Fall Classes

Students are able to access their fall schedule in WIN as of August 18. The Office of Academic Advising has emailed all new students with general information about schedules and some FAQs. The Academic Calendar is there as a reference for students and families. Students will want to take note of drop and add dates if they want to make schedule changes.

The Academic Calendar is there as a reference for students and families. Students will want to take note of drop and add dates if they want to make schedule changes.

Important Actions to Consider

Getting Notifications of Tuition – Student Financial Services does not set up accounts for parents or other third parties. Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students must authorize parents or other third-party payers to have access to their accounts. We recommend you encourage your student to grant parents third-party access, so then you will also receive applicable emails and reminders on financial matters.

Considering optional protection – students can sign up for Thinkpad Protection for their laptops, and families can elect to purchase Tuition Insurance. Please see each link for applicable deadlines.

Parent Communications

Most communications to parents are done via electronic means. Here are some resources to be aware of as your students being their time on campus.

  • Parents’ Page - Though the New Students website has been the place for you to find information about your student’s matriculation, once the fall semester begins, the parent portal for WFU information is the Parents’ Page. On the Parents’ Page are several features to note:

  • The Daily Deac is a blog for parents and families. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of life at Wake Forest. On the main Parents’ Page, if you look on the right hand side, you will see The Daily Deac. If you wish to have it emailed to you automatically, please provide your email address in the box provided.

  • There is a list of campus departments that parents might need to access.

  • We will run a special message for first year families once a week that will cover something your students might be experiencing (homesickness, adjustment to campus, etc.) with tips on how best to support them. We encourage you to bookmark this site and check it weekly.

  • There is also a Q&A page that covers some of the typical questions received in the Parent Programs office. If your question is not answered there, please contact us at or 336-758-4237.

  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Once a month the Wake Parents and Families e-newsletter will be sent to all parents for whom we have a valid email address. If you are not receiving it, one of two things might be happening: 1) the email has been routed to your junk/spam folder - and if so, please add us to your ‘safe senders’ list, or 2) we do not have a valid email address for you. You can provide a valid email address using the Alumni Update Form. Please note: this form is valid for parents as well as alumni.

You and your student should review the Wake Ready website, which contains emergency preparedness information. This site will help explain what students should do in case of an emergency, and will help families understand the processes in place to notify students.

Parent Programs

Parents' Page

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Fall Tuition Due
August 1
If you have not already paid tuition, please do so as soon as possible; see billing, payment methods, and please read important information about having your student grant you third-party access to DEAC.

Move-In Day for new students
August 21
(Note: students participating in pre-orientation programs should have received a move-in date that corresponds to the start of their program)

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