Parents & Families E-Newsletter - July 2017

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

This photo above was the remarkable view of the full moon setting over the Z. Smith Reynolds library about a week ago. Mother So Dear wears it well.

Speaking of mothers (and fathers, and other family members) ... Family Weekend registration went live this week! If you have not already registered, please visit the Family Weekend website and make plans to join us October 27-29!

August is just around the corner, and that means we kick into high gear to get ready for Move-In and Orientation. If you are a P'21 — parent or family member of the Class of '21 — please be sure to see all of the information about the big days!

Go Deacs!

Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Complete a Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form
All new and returning students must do this
June 1 - August 1

Register for Family Weekend
Registration opened July 18

Incoming students register for fall classes
July 24-28

Fall Tuition Due
August 1

Move-In Day for Incoming First-Year Students (Class of 2021)
August 23 - August 23

Orientation for Parents and Families of the Class of 2021
August 23 - August 24

Residence Halls Open for Returning Students (non first-year)
August 25 - August 26

Resident Student (non-first year, non-sophomore) Parking Registration opens
July 18

Sophomore Parking Registration opens
July 25

First Year Parking Registration Opens
August 1

Commuter Student Parking Registration
August 8

For additional dates, view the Academic Calendar or Events Calendar.

Families of Incoming First-Year Students – Class of 2021

From the Office of Academic Advising:

  • Round I of First-Year Student Registration is coming up, July 24-28! During this time, most students will register for up to 12 hours; those pre-registered for a Living-Learning Community may register for up to 15 hours, and those pre-registered for Honors Chemistry (CHM 123) may register for up to 16 hours. If your student will not have internet access for Round I of registration, s/he should contact the Office of Academic Advising as soon as possible at 336.758.3320 to speak with an Academic Counselor about an alternate registration plan.
  • Course Preference Surveys will be sent to new students on July 21st and will be due on July 28. These surveys will be used by our professional advisers to complete the remainder of students' schedules.
  • Please visit the New Students Website, the WFU Orientation app, and Forestry 101 regarding deadlines and instructions that will prepare your student for his/her transition to Wake Forest. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!
  • The Office of Academic Advising is open for questions Monday, Wednesday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. We have walk-in/phone hours Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can reach us by phone at 336.758.3320, or via email at

Orientation schedule: there is an online brochure for parent and family orientation activities. You may also access the Orientation schedule via the Guidebook app at Be sure to select the Parents and Families track.

The Intercultural Center and campus partner offices are hosting several receptions and open houses during Orientation. We hope you will join us for any events that interest your family!

Student vehicle registration information is available for the upcoming academic year on our website for all students. Access information and register your vehicle at Parking Services

Reminder to parents and families of new and returning students: it is always helpful for students to have a first aid kit in their room. Suggestions would include typical first aid supplies such as band aids and a thermometer, but also your student's favorite cold and cough medications, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

WakeWare special announcements: to ensure your laptop arrives in time for classes, purchase by August 1. All students who purchase a WakeWare Dell laptop between May 2 and October 15 receive a $150 rebate! Students who purchase a WakeWare Apple between July 12 and September 25th receive free Beats headphones with your purchase! Details.

New families, please be sure to read the other sections of this e-newsletter, as there is important information for parents and families of all class years.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • Summer Session II classes will end on August 9. Final examinations will begin on August 10 and end on August 11. Please note that Residence Hall checkout will be on August 11, by 7 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the checkout process, or conflicts with this time, please contact Residence Life and Housing at 336.758.5185.
  • The OAA is open during our normal business hours over the summer, and staff members are available to answer questions in person, over the phone, or via email. As a reminder, the Office of Academic Advising is open Monday, Wednesday-Friday from 8:30 am until 5 pm and Tuesday from 9:30 am until 5 pm. You can reach us by phone at 336-758-3320, or via email at

Campus Life and Events

Family Weekend registration is now available. Please visit the Family Weekend website for more information and to register.

Volunteer at the Wake Forest Campus Gardenflourishing vegetables can only mean one thing: it's peak growing season for Wake Forest's most savory green space — the Campus Garden. If your Deacon enjoys gardening and is looking for a hands-on service experience, encourage him/her to volunteer at the Campus Garden. The garden is located at the corner of Polo Road and Student Drive and can always use an extra set of hands. All are welcome, and no gardening experience is required.

If you will be in Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, or Watch Hill in late July, please register online and plan to join us for Wake Forest receptions featuring remarks by Provost Rogan Kersh ('86).

Resources and Deadlines

The Student Health Service is excited about our move back to the Reynolds Gym. The move should be completed by the first week of August! The clinic will be closed for clinic visits on July 29 and 31, but will be available by phone. We will re-open on August 1 through the 11th for the remainder of the second summer school session. We will open for the fall semester on August 23.

Vehicle registration information is available for the 2017-18 year.

Student Financial Services: Fall tuition and fees are due by August 1. Students must grant access for parents and other third parties to view their student account online via DEAC
. Please visit the SFS website for detailed instructions. Please consider tuition insurance provided by Dewar, Inc. More information can be found on the SFS tuition insurance site.

The 2017-2018 Student Health Insurance open enrollment period will be June 1 – Aug. 1. All students, new and returning, are required to make an election regarding coverage (enroll or waive), as health insurance is required for full-time enrollment at the University. During this time, elections can be made online at In order to waive, you must provide proof of coverage that meets the University criteria. Please visit for more information, or email to

Campus Safety

Before the semester begins, familiarize yourself with campus safety, the Wake Ready emergency preparedness system, and how to sign up to receive crime alerts. Read more.

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A message about how we disseminate campus news to parents and families:  Any emails that are sent to students, faculty, and staff will be posted on the Family News page.  Those are not routinely emailed to all families.  If you wish to check for family news items often, you may wish to bookmark that page so it is easily available.

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Contact the Office of Family Engagement at or 336.758.4237.

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As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30am-5 pm schedule. However, if you have an urgent need to reach someone at the university because you have a concern that must be addressed quickly, we have designated the University Police as our 24/7 contact. They can assess the situation and determine who best to address your concern. The 24-hour contact number for University Police is 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.

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