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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.

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.

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.

How Does My Student Register for Classes?

Wake’s registration process is described in full in the Registration Section on page N.  In brief, students will register for fall classes over the summer. In Round One (July XX), 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 (July XX) using the Course Preference Survey your student completes by July X.

When will my student receive their residence hall and roommate assignment?

Students will receive their residence hall and roommate assignments in late July.  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.

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. Wake Forest may only release information if we have on file a signed FERPA release form. If the student has not signed a FERPA release form, the University generally cannot release the information. If the student signs, both mid-term and final grades are mailed via US mail to the address the student provides on their FERPA form.

Are there opportunities to meet with other first-year families and Wake Forest representatives before Fall enrollment?

Receptions for new students will be held across the country at which 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 any of 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.  A list of these receptions will be available in late May or early June on the New Student Receptions page.  Note that receptions are added throughout the summer, so check back periodically to see if there are new receptions close to your area.