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June 27 Email from the Office of Academic Advising

June 27, 2016

Dear [student],

Hello! I hope you are enjoying your summer! This is your next email installment from the Office of Academic Advising to keep you informed and remind you of a few upcoming deadlines. It is one of the longer emails you will receive from me. Take your time to read and digest: there is a lot of important information here about registration, Project Wake, deadlines, and such.

Upcoming Deadlines:
It is hard to believe that this Friday is July 1!!  Please make sure you have completed / submitted each of the following by this Friday:

  • Health Information and Immunization Form
  • Deacon OneCard Photo
  • Any disabilities documentation as necessary
  • Tech@WFU online course on Sakai

 If you have not done so already, please also remember to:

PROJECT WAKE: Citizenship
PROJECT WAKE provides an exciting opportunity to participate in a discussion led by a Wake Forest faculty or staff member and to meet other new students interested in the same book! New students – and faculty/staff leaders – who participated in Project Wake last year were wildly enthusiastic about it! Go tohttp://newstudents.wfu.edu/summer-academic-project/ to view information about this year’s project, the list of 2016 summer reading options, and instructions for signing up.

Living-Learning Communities
There was a very enthusiastic response to the Living Learning Communities on the Housing survey, such that the number of interested students far exceeds the number of seats in those classes. Therefore, if you indicated interest in one or more LLCs on the survey but now realize you are not interested in an LLC, please contact undergraduateadvising@nullwfu.edu to let us know. We want to fill the spots in these communities with students who truly want the experience. We will be enrolling those courses in the next couple of weeks prior to Round I. Remember that if you are enrolled in a FYS Living-Learning Community, this class will not count against your 10 hours in Round I of registration.

Preparing for Registration:

  • Course Preference Survey: Although you should be working on this now in preparation for Round I of registration, please DO NOT SUBMITit until after you have completed Round I of registration (see Forestry 101, p. 75, or http://newstudents.wfu.edu/planning-for-registration/).
  • Complete the Foreign Language Placement Test by July 13. You should take the test for any language you studied in high school. For students whose primary language is not English, do not take the foreign language placement test in your primary language. If you want to begin a new language that you have not studied before, plan to begin at the 111 level.  For other options related to fulfilling the foreign language requirement, please plan to speak to your academic adviser once you arrive on campus. See Forestry 101, p. 75, orhttp://newstudents.wfu.edu/advising/steps-prio-to-registration/foreignlanguage/.
  • By July 10, you will receive feedback from the Directed Self Placement (DSP) team. The DSP feedback provides guidance about which writing course might be best for you, but ultimately the choice of a first writing class is yours. The DSP team is happy to help you with any questions you might have. They can be reached by contactingdsp@nullwfu.edu.
  • Do you still have questions about academic requirements or registration?  If Forestry 101 (sections on Academic and Registration) and the new student website do not answer your questions, here are some options: for a professional academic counselor, emailundergraduateadvising@nullwfu.edu or call (336) 758-3320; for a trained student adviser, email askanSA@nullwfu.edu or have a google chat on July 17 or July 18-21 (see schedule on Forestry 101, p. 72, orhttp://newstudents.wfu.edu/advising/)

Some Courses You Should Know About:

  • FYE 101 (1h). The College Transition.  Be proactive in learning how to make your transition to college as successful as possible. Learn about the characteristics of successful college students – and about yourself – and get one elective credit while doing so!  In this course you will explore issues related to academic success, living in community, and well-being in the transition to college. The course is offered on a pass/fail basis only.
  • CSC 192 (1h). STEM Incubator Courses.  A STEM Incubator course is another 1-credit pass/fail elective that provides a great way to explore academic study in STEM fields. But don’t trust me, listen to WFU students talk about their experience in CSC 192 courses athttp://college.wfu.edu/cs/stem-incubator/stemvideos
  • BUS 105 (3h). Why Business?  Are you interested in the School of Business? If so, we need to let you know that the admission requirements have changed a bit since Forestry 101 was published. Beginning this fall, BUS 105 was added as a new prerequisite course to be taken in the freshman year. Students should consider this class when registering in Round I if they have a strong desire to pursue a major in the School of Business. This class will be offered again in spring 2017. Here is the description: “What is the role of business in a humane and just society? In this course, we look at both classic and contemporary discussions of the nature, benefits, and limits of a market economy, and we consider various objections, including moral objections, to commercial society. We also look at several functional areas of business and investigate the extent to which they can contribute to a humane and just society.”

Forestry 101:
If you would find it useful, remember that there is an e-book version of Forestry 101. To read it simply follow this link: http://wfu.tizrapublisher.com/forestry-101/.  The information in Forestry 101 is also duplicated on the New Student website: http://newstudents.wfu.edu/.

Giving Parents Access to Academic Records:
The University Registrar sent you an email on June 22 about how to grant parent(s) access to academic information. If you have not read this email and discussed it with your parent(s) yet, I encourage you to do so now.

Women in Science Mentoring Program
If you are a woman interested in any STEM field – from Pre-Med to Psychology to Mathematics – we want you to know about the Women in STEM organization. This program seeks to connect incoming freshman women with upperclass women in STEM, to help new students learn more about these fields at Wake Forest. If you are interested, please fill out the spreadsheet at this link. If you have any questions please contact Angela Harper at harpaf13@nullwfu.edu.

Orientation Schedule:
A copy of the Orientation brochure will be mailed in July. Once ready, a copy of the Orientation schedule will also be posted at http://newstudents.wfu.edu/orientation-programming/.

Staying in Touch:
If you have not done so already, remember to follow @WFUOrientation on Twitter, and to join the Official Wake Forest University Class of 2020 Facebook group. Don’t forget to “like” the Office of Academic Advising Facebook page, too: this is a source of good information and another way to contact us.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to us in the Office of Academic Advising with questions (336.758.3320 or undergraduateadvising@nullwfu.edu).  If you would like to ask questions of a student adviser, email askansa@nullwfu.edu.

All the best,

Dean Buchanan