Parents & Families E-Newsletter
August 2018

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

We are excited to welcome the Class of 2022 and their parents and families to campus for Move-In and Orientation, and we look forward to having our sophomores, juniors, and seniors back on campus as well.

As we begin the 2018-19 academic year, I want to draw your attention to a new resource: our guidelines and philosophy about parent and family communications. This website was created by a team from Campus Life, Communications and External Relations, and the Office of Family Engagement to address the most common questions we receive about when and how we interact with families:

  • "Wake Forest believes parents and family members can be our best partners in ensuring their students' success. We recognize that parents and families are important sources of support and care.
  • We seek to engage parents and families in ways that are developmentally appropriate and allow students to make independent decisions as they enter adulthood. We believe in creating an environment where students are given the freedom and autonomy to solve their own problems, experience struggle, difficulty, and even failure. These experiences will help students develop problem-solving skills and the resilience they need to be independent, successful adults. We also know that there may be times when it is both necessary and important to communicate with a student's loved one. This document seeks to explain circumstances regarding when and how Wake Forest administrators may communicate with parents and families."

Please take a moment and read through this website; the bottom of the site details specific circumstances that might call for us to communicate matters of security, illness on campus, etc. We hope this will provide clarity on what might prompt the university to send a broadcast email to students and families, as well as the kinds of information we can (and cannot) share about our students' experiences.

We know it will be a great year on campus, and look forward to all that 2018-19 has to offer.

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Orientation for new parents/families for the Class of 2022
Aug. 22-23

Move-in for Class of 2022 (incoming first year students)
Aug. 22

Move-in for returning sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Aug. 24-26

Classes begin
Aug. 27

Last day add a first part-of-term course
Aug. 31

Last day to add a Fall 2018 full term class
Sept. 10

Last day to drop a first part-of-term course
Sept. 12

Last day to drop a full term Fall 2018 class
Oct. 1

Fall Break 2018
Oct. 11-14

Thanksgiving Holiday 2018
Nov. 21-25

Please check the Parents & Families website for more parent and family dates.

For New Parents and Families (P'22)

Students completed their course registration and their Course Preference Surveys in July. The Office of Academic Advising is currently working to review and complete student schedules. Fall 2018 schedules will be viewable in WIN beginning on Aug. 13. Students will have the opportunity to adjust their schedule, as course availability allows, after they have met with their assigned academic adviser.

Residence halls will open to new students on Aug. 22. Check-in will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Move-in assistance will be available in our first-year communities from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Deac Week (aka Orientation) will officially begin later that day and students, parents, and families will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of campus events.

New Deac Week (aka Orientation) for new students will take place from Wednesday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 26. Orientation for new and transfer students is mandatory, thus we ask that students be mindful of these dates.

There will be orientation activities for parents and families on Wednesday, Aug. 22 through late afternoon Thursday, Aug. 23. While parent and family orientation sessions are not mandatory, we strongly encourage attendance, as we hope to share helpful insights with parents and families as their students transition to life at Wake Forest!

More information on Orientation events can be found here (via the Guidebook app) and here (as a PDF). Students can also visit the New Students website, the WFU Orientation app, and Forestry 101, regarding deadlines and instructions that will help prepare for their transition to Wake Forest.

The Office of Sustainability will be distributing recycling totes to each first-year student on Move-In Day at both entrances to the Benson University Center from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Encourage your Deacon to pick up a personal recycling tote to use throughout their time in the Forest.

Student Financial Services: Be sure to stop by the Student Financial Services table during New Deac Week's Campus Services and Information Fair on Aug. 22 between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We will have representatives available to answer any questions you may have about Dewar tuition refund insurance, billing, etc. Dewar has open enrollment through Aug. 26 (prior to the first day of class on Aug. 27). Protect your financial investment in tuition, in the unexpected case of illness and accidents. Learn more at the WFU Finance website Your student will also have an opportunity to enroll in direct deposit and electronic 1098-T.

Please read through the rest of this enewsletter, as it has information that applies to all parents and families.



From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

Registration will open back up on Aug. 17, and continuing students will have the opportunity to make changes to their schedules if they wish. Residence halls will open for these students on Aug. 24.

Continuing students who still have incompletes in courses, will be required to submit all work to their instructor by Sept. 25.

Important dates for all students

  • Classes begin for all students on Aug. 27.
  • The deadline to add a first part-of-term course is Aug. 31.
  • The last day to drop a first part-of-term course is Sept. 12.
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day, but the Office of Academic Advising, along with other University offices, will be closed.
  • The last day to add a full-term course is Sept. 10.
  • The last day to drop a full-term course is Oct. 1.
  • 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. We have walk-in/phone hours Monday-Friday from 10 am until 4 pm. You can reach us by phone at 336-758-3320, or via email at Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

Campus Life & Events

Fall fraternity and sorority recruitment events are just around the corner! Because first-year students are not eligible, fall recruitment is much smaller and less formalized than in the spring. As a reminder, students must have completed at least 12 hours of college credit and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Learn more.

The Office of Personal and Career Development will be holding several events in September, including Diversity Matters (Sept. 11), the Fall Career Fair (Sept. 12), and Marketing, Consulting & Finance Networking Nights (Sept. 18-19). Learn more.

Family Weekend 2018 will be held Sept. 28-30. Registration and ticket sales are available on the Family Weekend website, If you have any questions about the weekend, feel free to contact us at


From Student Financial Services: The deadline to enroll in Dewar, tuition refund insurance, for all students is Aug. 26. Visit for more information.

Residence Life and Housing is excited to welcome students back to campus. Our new students (first0. time and transfer) will move-in on Wednesday, Aug. 22 with returning students moving in over the weekend of Aug. 24-26. For move-in times, instructions, and other details please visit

Students approved for early arrival will receive specific instructions from the Office of Residence Life and Housing regarding their move-in process. Please note that move-in assistance is only offered for our new first time students from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22. Returning students and new students arriving outside that time frame will not have access to move-in assistance and should plan accordingly. If you have any questions about your students arrival for the Fall 2018 semester, don't hesitate to contact us at or 336.758.5185.

Computing reminders:

  • Come see us in Benson 401 on Aug. 22 and have all your tech questions answered! WakeWare laptops are available for purchase, 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.
  • You can still take advantage of Summer promotions! Dell has a $100 rebate for purchases until Oct. 15. Get a free set of Beats headphones with a purchase of an Apple laptop until Sept. 25. Pick up your headphones at the bookstore! For more information about summer promotions, visit the WakeWare website.

Parking and Transportation has processes for students who want to register their car for the 2018-19 year. Choose the link that corresponds to your student's status:

Campus Safety

As students get ready for a new academic year, it's a good time to take a close look at Wake Ready, a resource for information related to potential emergencies and proper responses to them, key University contacts in emergencies, crime prevention, an archive of crime alerts, and more. The crime prevention link, for instance, provides a thorough list of practical suggestions for students and others, including avoiding walking at night, downloading the LiveSafe app, locking doors routinely and enrolling in personal safety and security programs offered by the University.

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.

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

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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.

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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