Advice for New Parents by Current Parents

We asked parents of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to think back to their student’s freshmen year and what they wish they had known.  The links below provide their advice; items have been grouped thematically.  Click the links below to visit the page(s) of your choice.

Academics advice

Rigor of classes

Course selection/registration

Seeking help with academics

Establishing good habits

Supporting your student from home

Student-faculty engagement

Social life/campus life advice

How to find ways to get involved

Greek life


Logistical advice 

Orientation and Move-In

Family Weekend

Air Travel/Ground Transportation

Meal plans


Family dynamics advice 

Letting go/giving students room to be independent

Your family without your Deac there

When your student comes back home for breaks/holidays

Communicating with your student


Parting advice

WFU communications (Office of Family Engagement, Daily Deac blog, etc.)

Everything else!


Editorial note:  The comments have been minimally edited and grouped together for coherence.  In come cases, comments were combined with others.  When we had parents responding with the same advice, we repeated it for emphasis.  In the event a parent offered advice that ran counter to what Wake Forest advises, it was not included.  These comments represent the views of the parent commentators, not the views of the Office of Family Engagement (formerly Parent Programs office) or Wake Forest.