Parents & Families E-Newsletter
May 2018

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WakeParents & Families

E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Mother Nature smiled onto our campus yesterday, holding off the rain so our Deacs could graduate on the Quad in spectacular fashion. We were honored to be able to share your Deacs' big day with you. From the Baccalaureate Service with His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan to the lively and inspiring Commencement Address by Carla Harris, we hope you were as engaged and inspired as we were. Check out our Commencement coverage:

Your new graduates have a wonderful journey ahead of them in Life After Wake Forest, but they — and YOU — will always have a special place here.

And as we kiss and hug our P'18 families goodbye, we open our arms to our new P'22 parents and families of the Class of 2022. There is a special information section below for you — please be sure to read it.

Thank you for being the best and most engaged college parents in the country!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Grades due for non-graduating students
May 22, 2018

Summer Session I
May 30-July 3

Student Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period
June 1-August 1

NOTE: All students, new and returning, are required to make an election regarding coverage (enroll or waive) every year their student is enrolled, as health insurance is required for full-time enrollment at the University.

Summer Session II
July 9-August 11

Fall tuition due
August 1

Move-In for New Students and Orientation (Class of 2022)
August 22

Parent/family Orientation
August 22-23
NOTE: the Parents and Families section of the New Students website has a lot of additional details, to-do's, and due dates for incoming familes

Residence Halls open for returning undergraduates
August 24

First Day of Classes
August 27

New Families

The New Students web site — — is live! Your '22 students should be looking at this regularly, as there are due dates, deadlines, and important action items. They should review all sections of the web site.

There is also a section of the New Students website just for parents and families. Be sure to scroll down for your due dates and action items, or to access the online First Year Parent and Family Calendar, advice for new families, and more.

Please sign up for a New Student Reception if you can; these are wonderful gatherings of incoming students and families with staff and other students.

If your child will be an incoming first-year student in the fall, s/he will be registering for a maximum of 17 credit hours between July 16 and July 20.

During the month of June, new students are encouraged to contact the Office of Academic Advising to have a telephone advising session with a member of our staff. Students should follow the schedule here and should use Forestry 101, the New Student Website, and other resources to prepare specific questions. Due to volume, we cannot offer multiple telephone advising sessions, so please prepare your questions ahead of time. After your advising session, if you have additional questions we will ask that you direct those to us via email at This email address is monitored closely and you will typically receive a reply within 48 hours. We will be accepting advising calls Monday - Friday, June 4 - 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. No appointment is necessary, but students must call during their assigned week (see schedule above).

New incoming students will receive registration surveys this summer. The first of these will be sent mid-to-late June. Specific dates for registration surveys will be announced via email, so students should be periodically checking their Wake Forest email accounts. Information pertaining to survey dates will also be made available on our New Student Website.

WakeWare laptops are available for purchase beginning on Friday, June 1, both online and at the WFU Campus Bookstore, located on Hearn Plaza in Taylor Hall. WakeWare, the Student Laptop Program, allows you to purchase a laptop that is guaranteed to work with all academic software, has educational-based pricing (for greater discounts), provides a loaner laptop in case repairs are needed, and has built-in accidental damage protection. Vendors have been known to announce mid-summer promotions, so if taking advantage of those is important to you, we encourage you to wait until later in July to order your laptop. Students who receive institutional aid from Wake Forest (athletic, merit, or need-based) may be eligible for a Technology Grant. Eligible students will be contacted through their Wake Forest email in late May. Please contact the WakeWare Program Manager with any questions you may have at

The 2018-2019 Student Health Insurance open enrollment period will be 6/1/18 - 8/1/19. 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


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

Summer Session I will begin on May 30. Students can register for summer courses via WIN up until May 30. However, if a student plans to participate in Summer Session I, s/he would need to register before the start of classes for Summer Session I. For more information on summer school, please visit

The Office of Academic Advising 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 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 am until 5 p.m.. You can reach us by phone at 336-758-3320, or via email at


Residence Life and Housing has a web site with information about closing of the residence halls after Commencement, Summer School housing, important 2018-19 dates of which to be aware, Summer 2018 projects in the residence halls, second round of housing selection, hiring RAs for 2018-19, and more. Read it here. Also, if you have housing questions, see their FAQ page.

Purchase a yearbook for the 2017-2018 school year! All yearbooks can be purchased directly online through and should be sent to your student's home address. This year's yearbook will include all athletic teams, major events on campus, all accredited campus organizations, academic departments, Greek organizations, and senior portraits. Details on how to order.

Student Financial Services: Please remember that all Summer school tuition and fees are due by June 1. Fall 2018 tuition will be billed the first week of June, with a due date of August 1. This allows students/families time to waive health insurance and make any other necessary changes. An additional statement will issue the first week of July, before tuition is due.

Campus Safety

The Wake Forest University Police Department had a month of partnerships. WFUPD wrapped up the Walk and Talk program which is partnered with the Thrive office. Walk and Talk promotes physical activity with walking while also learning about the police department. During the walks, faculty, staff, and students can ask questions and learn more about University Police functions. In addition, WFUPD partnered with Student Union for the Last Day of Class (LDOC) concert. WFUPD had a tent at the event which provided students with information, giveaways, and food. Students had a blast!

We encourage parents and others to sign up to receive crime alerts on the Wake Ready web site, in addition to downloading the LiveSafe app. While crime alerts are sent in real time to students, faculty and staff, they are not for others. For those registered through Wake Ready, crime alerts are emailed daily at noon, but only if new alerts have been posted in the previous 24 hours.

Parents & Families Page

Parents and Families Page is your portal to news and information specifically for Wake Forest families.

Want the Daily Deac parent blog to be sent automatically to your email every day? Subscribe on the main Daily Deac page by typing your email address in the Subscribe box and following the instructions. The Daily Deac is our blog for parents and families. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of life at Wake Forest.

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.

See a list of campus resources and our FAQ page.

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 p.m. 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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