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Parents & Families


Office of Parent Programs
Alumni Hall Room 268


NOTE: This website is currently under construction for the Class of 2018.  Do not use this information, as it is not finalized.  Please check back in late May when this site will be fully up to date.

Congratulations to parents and other family members of students enrolled in the Class of 2017!  We are eager to welcome you all to Wake Forest in August.

NEW August 21 - New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.

August XX - Don’t forget to print your Move-In Parking Pass for those arriving on August 21st.

August XX – Students were sent an email from Dean Buchanan of the Office of Academic Advising regarding August 19 and 20 deadlines.

For students bringing their car to campus AND who will be arriving prior to August 21 for pre-Orientation sessions:  please have the student park the car in Lot Q (large student lot behind Wait Chapel).  Students will pick up their parking decals later in the week following pre-Orientation programs, but can park in Lot Q until then.

Bed Bath and Beyond Sale.  Please see the Bed Bath and Beyond Information flyer for details.

Move-In Day Parking Pass.  Please print out a copy of the 2014 WFU Move In Parking Pass and display it on your car for Move-In.

Parking Registration Information.  Students received detailed information via email on how to register cars for campus.  This communication also contained other important information.  Read it here.  

TUITION IS DUE AUGUST 1st.  Please see the Financial Services site for information on how to pay tuition, payment methods, and how your student can authorize you as a third-party payer so you receive notices of when tuition is due.

Family Weekend Registration is live as of July XX via the Family Weekend website.  Family Weekend will be held on campus October 24-26, and there are a host of activities for you and your students to enjoy.   Before you register, you may wish to look at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, as it answers questions about activities and how to register.

The Orientation Schedule is live.  A hard copy is being mailed to each student’s permanent address, but you can see all the activities in PDF form.

There is still room in many Pre-Orientation programs These programs add tremendous value in helping students meet others who share common interests and in helping connect students prior to Move-In Day.   Upcoming deadlines to submit applications are July 15, and the Pre-School deadline has been extended to July 31.  Urge your students to consider these worthy programs!

July XX email from Dean Buchanan about registration.  Please see this important message with news and information about the upcoming registration period.

Health and Immunization Form FAQ - Student Health provides answers to some commonly-asked questions about the completion of this form.

Orientation for parents  - We strongly encourage parents to attend one of the three parent alcohol sessions on Thursday, as studies have shown that parents who talk to students about alcohol (and don’t encourage drinking) have students who drink less and less dangerously than those who don’t.  The popular program “Just for Parents: Helping with the College Transition and Beyond” is on Thursday night.

There will be parent orientation sessions on Friday, August 22nd which should last until around lunchtime/early afternoon.  There will be some optional receptions on Friday afternoon, but parents and families will be free to leave after the formal programming ends on Friday afternoon.

Travel planning for families whose students are doing a pre-orientation session  - if your student participates in a pre-orientation program, he or she will need to arrive on campus several days earlier than the regular Move-In date of August 21st.  Many families choose to send their student to campus with the bare necessities for pre-orientation, then bring students’ remaining belongings on Move-In Day. This also enables you to participate in all parent and family orientation activities.

We hope you and your students will join us for a New Student Reception if one is located in an area convenient to you.  These informal events are wonderful ways to meet other members of the Class of 2018 and their families.

Throughout the year, the Parents’ Page is your portal for family-specific news and information. We hope you will bookmark it and visit it often. There are several key features of the Parents’ Page:

  • The Daily Deac is a parent blog that gives parents and families a glimpse of life on campus. You can subscribe to the Daily Deac by providing your email address on the right side of the main Parents’ Page.
  • Information for First Year Parents and Families is published weekly and covers topics about the transition to college, life on campus and events/activities your student may be experiencing that week.
  • Questions and Answers provides answers to frequently asked questions. If you can’t find an answer or need additional information, contact the Parent Programs office at or 336.758.4237 for assistance.
  • The Wake Parents and Families e-newsletter sent monthly to all parents for whom we have a valid e-mail address. To receive this newsletter, please complete the Parent Record Form.


Things to do in June…

Complete Parent Record FormForm
Talk to your student about authorizing you as a third-party payer on DEACInstructions
Review the Advice for New Parents webpageWebpage
Make hotel reservations for move-inInformation

Has your student?…

Completed the Directed Self-Placement Assessment Information
Submitted AP and IB scores (if applicable)Information
Submitted a Wilderness to Wake Pre-Orientation Application (if applicable)Application available May 15


Things to do in July…

Registration for "Just for Parents - Help with the College Transition" session (if desired)Registration
Determine if your student will register for the Zipcar program (if desired)Information

Has your student?…

Completed the Foreign Language Placement TestComplete in WIN
Completed the Course Preference SurveyWill be sent via email
Submitted a Health Information and Immunization FormForm
Submitted a Housing and Dining ApplicationApplication available June 1
Submitted a Deacon OneCard photoSubmit Here
Completed the Technology@WFU online courseInformation
Submitted Disabilities Documentation (if applicable)Disability Services


Later in July…

Register for Family Weekend online via the Student Union websiteRegistration
Determine if you will ship items to campusShipping Information


Things to do in August…

Tuition DuePayment Methods
Talk to your student about signing a FERPA formInformation
Read A Parent Handbook for Talking with College Students About Alcohol and discuss it with your studentHandbook

Has your student?…

Completed the MyStudentBody Alcohol OrientationMyStudent Body
Submitted a Deacon Camp Pre-Orientation Application (if applicable)Application available May 15
Submitted a Marching Band Pre-Orientation Application (if applicable)Application available May 15
Submitted a S.P.A.R.C Pre-Orientation Application (if applicable)Application available May 15
Submitted a PreSchool Pre-Orientation Application (if applicable)Application available May 15


Other things to do in August…

Submit the Tuition Insurance Plan Form (if desired)Information and Instructions
Sign up for Think Pad Protection Agreement (if desired)Complete in WIN
Print a Move In Parking Pass and MapParking Pass

Has your student?…

Completed the Summer Academic ProjectInformation
Completed the Technology Program AgreementComplete in WIN
Check DEAC for financial holdsDEAC
Registered for Parking (if applicable; registration opens Aug. 1)Parking and Transportation
Registered his/her cell phone number for Wake ReadyInstructions
Completed the Health Insurance Enrollment/Waiver FormForm