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Parents FAQs

This website pertains to the entering freshman Class of 2018.  Information for new students and parents who are in the Class of 2019  will be available in mid- to late-May 2015.

What is the Orientation schedule?
The Orientation schedule will be available in July.  For travel planning purposes, Move-in day is Thursday August 21st and Orientation begins Friday August 22nd.  Parents will be free to depart the afternoon of August 22nd.

When is Move-in Day?  And if my student is participating in a pre-orientation program how does the move-in process work?
Move-in Day is Thursday, August 21st.  If your student participates in a pre-orientation program, he/she will arrive on campus several days earlier. Their arrival date will be determined by their pre-orientation program, and details will be communicated to the students via their WFU email.  Many families choose to send their students to campus with the bare necessities for pre-orientation, and then bring students’ remaining belongings on Move-in Day.  This also enables you to participate in all parent and family orientation activities.  See more at Move-In Day and Pre-Orientation Programs.

How/when does my student register for classes?
Wake’s registration process is described in full in the Registration Section.  In brief, students will register for fall classes over the summer. In Round One (July 14-18), students will register themselves online for up to 8 credit hours, then our professional advising staff will register students for their remaining classes during Round Two  using the Course Preference Survey your student will completes by early July.  See more at Registration.

When will my student receive their residence hall and roommate assignment?
Students will receive their residence hall and roommate assignments in late July or early August.  Students do not select their residence hall or roommate the first year; assignments are made based on students’ responses to their Housing and Dining Application.   See more at Housing.

What are New Student Receptions?
New Student Receptions will be held across the country in areas where we have a concentration of enrolling students.  At those receptions, you will have the opportunity to meet other incoming first-year students and families, as well as current Wake Forest students and staff who are there to answer your questions.  Receptions are typically held from late June through early August.  You may attend the reception that is most convenient, but pre-registration is required so we have an accurate count of attendees (registration will be available later in May on the New Student Receptions page).  Note: receptions are added throughout the summer, so check back periodically to see if there are new receptions close to your area.

How can I keep up with all the activities my student is supposed to be doing this summer?
All emails that are being sent to your students at their WFU email addresses will also be archived online for you.

How do I pay tuition?
The Deacon Electronic Account Center (DEAC) is an electronic billing system that allows students and authorized payers to view student account activity and make online payments. Student Financial Services does not set up parents or other third parties on the account; students must authorize others in order for them to have access to their accounts. We strongly encourage students to authorize their parents or a third-party payer on their account. Failure to pay a bill/missing a payment will result in a hold on the student’s account, preventing him/her from class registration or other important processes.

What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law which is designed to protect the privacy of students’ educational records. Higher education institutions generally must withhold such information from parents and other family/close friends. Students can provide Proxy Access to their academic records; see the Registrar’s Proxy Access website for information.

When are semester breaks and holidays and how do I know when to buy airplane tickets for same?
The academic calendar provides information on breaks and recesses.  It is advisable to wait until classes begin before students or parents purchase tickets for plane travel around University holidays or breaks.  Once classes begin and their schedules are final, students can consult their professors’ course syllabi about important test or project dates and final exam times.  For families of young women who plan to go through sorority recruitment in January, they typically arrive back on campus several days before classes begin; the Fraternity and Sorority Life website will have the recruitment schedule.  So wait to purchase airline tickets, or be sure you have the ability to change your tickets until your student has a final schedule.

NOTE: The Parents’ Page has a full Questions and Answers section.  Please look there if you have additional questions.  If your question can’t be answered there, please email for assistance.