Parents & Families E-Newsletter
March 2019

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

Spring blossoms

Our March e-newsletter was all written and ready to send to families yesterday, but as you have no doubt seen, Wake Forest was in the news. The Department of Justice has been conducting an extensive investigation into the influence of financial transactions and other activities to gain admission into top universities. Wake Forest volleyball coach Bill Ferguson was named in this indictment and placed on leave yesterday.

President Hatch has sent a message to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents/families about this situation:

"I am writing today to address some of the most frequent questions I have received and to make abundantly clear that Wake Forest is considered by the U.S. Department of Justice to be a victim of this fraud. In no way has it been suggested that the University was involved in the deceitful practices, nor were any employees, other than Ferguson, accused of wrongdoing."

Read his full message here.

As a reminder, any email that goes to all students, faculty, and staff will be published on our Family News page. However, not every email that goes to students is automatically sent to families: we have some guidelines on this page about when we will email families (see end of the website). Please know these resources are available.

Spring Break is always the moment of the semester when we (hopefully) say goodbye to winter and look forward to warmer times ahead. Before we do, let's take a look at the newest entry in our quarterly Seasons of Wake Forest video series: this one is about Winter.

Seasons of Wake Forest video: Winter

March ushers in two exciting moments in the life of our campus: acceptance letters will soon be mailed to students who are invited to become members of the Class of 2023, and we are preparing to send the Class of 2019 into the world as graduates in May. If you are a P'19 parent or family member, check out the Commencement web site for details. While the speaker has not yet been announced, there is lots of good info on that website to help you plan your family's Commencement weekend festivities.

We hope your students have a great Spring Break and are looking forward to a strong end to the semester!

Go Deacs!

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

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Spring Break
March 9-17

Last day to add second part of term classes Spring
March 18

Lower division advising period Spring
March 18-29

2019-20 Housing Selection
March 25-29

Last day to drop second part of term classes Spring
March 28

$500 non-refundable tuition deposit due for all returning undergraduate students
March 31
Note: this applies only to currently enrolled students, not incoming first-year students who will begin in August

Fall 2019 registration period
April 1-12

Good Friday observed (no classes)
April 19

Please check here for more parent and family dates.


From the Office of Academic Advising (OAA):

  • The advising period for Fall 2019 registration is March 18-29. During this period, students should meet with their academic advisers to discuss registration for Fall 2019 and receive their registration PIN. Students who do not meet with their advisers to get their PIN number will not be able to register for Fall 2019 classes. Registration will take place April 1 – April 12.
  • Registration for summer classes runs March 18 – May 31. Find out more about WFU summer school.
  • Second part-of-term classes began on March 5. The last day to add a second part-of-term course is March 18.
  • The last day to drop a second part-of-term course/change a second part-of-term course from grade mode to pass/fail is March 28. Please be mindful of theses deadlines.
  • The last day to change from pass/fail to a letter grade in an approved full-term course is April 12.

Information about Business School admissions:

  • If your student has been deferred or denied from the Business School and is struggling with what his/her next steps might be, Dr. Betsy Hoppe and her staff at the Business School have offered to meet with students to discuss their goals and options for meeting them. Sharon Payne will be meeting with deferred students going abroad and will discuss the backup plan in a course planning meeting. All students, both accepted and deferred, are expected to attend their major advising session (date/time/location sent to students via email and posted on Sakai site), at which time Ms. Payne will go over basic information about the deferral process and offer to meet with students individually for advice. Students going abroad in the fall are advised to wait to declare their major until after they know their admissions decision. Students staying at Wake in the fall may go ahead and declare their major so that they have a good schedule in case they are not admitted.
  • Students must meet a prerequisite requirement of a 2.85 Wake Forest cumulative GPA to be eligible to take ACC 111 (Accounting). For Fall 2019 online registration, if a student feels he/she may not have this GPA by the end of the spring semester, we suggest that the student not register for the class during online registration. If a student does not register for ACC 111 but ends up with the 2.85 GPA at the end of the term, we will enroll them in a section of ACC 111 once we have confirmation of the Spring 2019 GPA.
  • Students who feel they may not meet the prerequisite GPA should email Lynn Zimmerman ( She will keep a list of these students and, at the end of spring semester, will enroll those students who meet the prerequisite requirement. If a student registers for ACC 111 during online registration and does not meet the minimum GPA after spring semester, he/she will be dropped from the class.

Is your student interested in law school? Law school is too expensive to test drive it for a year in hopes that you like it. So the Law School and the Communication Department are offering a Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates. The program consists of two courses: Legal Theory, Practice, and Communication (COM 348) and Advocacy, Debate, and the Law (COM 349). Students will receive three hours of credit for each course. Read more.

Campus Life & Events

From the Office of Sustainability: Earth Week 2019 is March 31 – April 6, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. This year's Earth Week will feature 13 events co-organized by offices and organizations across campus centered on the theme of environmental and food justice. Visit for the full schedule of events.


From Residence Life and Housing: With the break, spring is just around the corner and the semester will soon be coming to an end. As a reminder, this time of year there are many important dates. The Office of Residence Life and Housing shared many of those dates in their February update, which can be viewed here.

From Student Financial Services: Need a copy of your student's 1098-T tax form? Students can grant electronic consent and instantly access their important tax form via WIN. Also find an informative video on the form and how students can give proxy access to parents or tax preparers. Please visit the SFS website for more information.

From ARAMARK/Campus Dining: Is your student running low on Meal Swipes? We've got them covered with this meal plan promotion: 25 Meal Swipes + 5 Old Gold Swipes: only $235; 35 Meal Swipes + 10 Old Gold Swipes: only $320; 50 Meal Swipes + 15 Old Gold Swipes: only $440. See details.

WakeWare, the Student Laptop Program, allows you to purchase a laptop guaranteed to work with all academic software at educational pricing, bundled with four years of warranty and protection. Upcoming Academic Year Models and pricing information will be available in early Spring on the WakeWare website. WakeWare laptops are still available for purchase both online and at the WFU Campus Bookstore.

Campus Safety

Wake Forest University Police encourages parents and others to sign up to receive crime alerts on the Wake Ready website, 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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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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