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Pre-Orientation Programs

BUILD: Building University Inclusion through Leadership and Diversity

       Dates: August 15-16
       Cost: FREE
       Application: Rolling  – Please use your new WFU email to fill out the application

** This program is FREE and open to students participating in any of the other Pre-Orientation Programs**

Are you interested in building bridges among diverse cultural groups? Do you want to work with university administrators to develop competencies for leadership and social justice? Join us for a day-long workshop to explore issues of intercultural communication, advocacy, and leadership for social change. Students will develop diverse networks and connect to university resources. Participants will move into the residence halls on Saturday, August 15, participate in a day-long workshop on Sunday, August 16, and move into a pre-orientation program on Monday, August 17Spaces are limited!

For questions, please contact Marianne Magjuka (

Wilderness to Wake

Dates: August 15-20
Cost: $660
Application Deadline: June 1
Sponsored By: Outdoor Pursuits

Wilderness to Wake is the perfect way to jump straight into college life while forming strong friendships that will last far beyond the days of your trip. Whether your schedule includes backpacking, rock climbing, kayaking, canyoneering or all of the above, we guarantee that the Wilderness to Wake experience will be both challenging and rewarding. Each group of nine first year students is led by a trained Outdoor Pursuits student leader through both the scenic regions surrounding Wake Forest and the adjustment to life as a college student, during the first semester and beyond. After five days of group bonding and peer mentorship in a wilderness setting, students return to campus with the confidence to dive headfirst into the opportunities Wake Forest has to offer.

Deacon Camp

Dates: August 17-20
Cost: $300
Application Deadline: July 17
Sponsored By: Pro Humanitate Institute

First-year students participating in Deacon Camp will get a once-in-a-lifetime view of Wake Forest that many Demon Deacons may never get the opportunity to witness. This three-and-a-half day introduction to the compelling story of our Mother So Dear takes students from the beloved Old Campus to downtown Winston-Salem, and even straight onto BB&T Field, where many Wake Forest sporting events take place. Participants in Deacon Camp will venture to places where few students will go, including President Hatch’s residence, Demon Deacon athletic venues and even to the very top of Wait Chapel. Through meeting dedicated upper-class leaders and fellow classmates, the incoming students will begin to discover their new home and make their mark at Wake Forest University.

By developing a passion for the rich traditions of Wake Forest, there truly is no better way to begin one’s journey as a Demon Deacon. Deacon Camp is designed and facilitated by student leaders from the Wake Forest Traditions Council and Pro Humanitate Institute staff. Each group of eight new students will have two upper-class students as their leaders. Deacon Camp accepts students on a rolling basis, with notification of acceptance sent within 10 days of application being received. Specific program details will be available in early August.

SUMMIT: Christian ministries conference

Dates: August 17-20
Cost: $325
Application Deadline: August 1
Sponsored By: Office of the Chaplain and Christian Campus Ministries
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For over 60 years, the Office of the Chaplain and Christian Campus Ministry has offered Summit, a pre-orientation retreat that engages students through meaningful social and spiritual opportunities. In addition to team-building activities like small-group discussions, canoeing, hiking, square dancing and a talent show, students will build significant and lasting friendships as they worship together atop the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

This four-day retreat provides Christians of all worship backgrounds (Catholics, Orthodox, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists and non-denominational) the intentional space for fellowship, prayer and joyful worshipping community, all while becoming acquainted with Wake Forest. The Summit Retreat is facilitated by chaplains, campus ministers, returning students and outstanding faculty, staff and administrators.

Camp Cheerio offers modern amenities, but still surrounds students in the splendor of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The four-day Summit Retreat begins and ends on campus. All food, housing, transportation, materials and activities are covered by the registration fee.

Students are accepted on a rolling basis, with notification of acceptance sent within 10 days of application being received. Specific program details will be available in early August. So sign up, bring your adventurous spirit and joyful heart, and be prepared for a pre-college experience you’ll never forget.

S.P.A.R.C. (Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community)

Dates: August 17-20
Cost: $300
Application Deadline: July 17
Sponsored By: Pro Humanitate Institute

S.P.A.R.C. participants get to know their new community through service, learn about issues that Winston-Salem faces and meet community partners who work regularly with Wake Forest students. S.P.A.R.C., a service-oriented pre-orientation program, has projects divided into three main issue areas: environmental conservation; hunger and homelessness; and youth empowerment. Each issue area is led by a coordinator. On your application, please identify the area(s) in which you are interested.

S.P.A.R.C. is organized by the Pro Humanitate Institute. Each group of four new students will be led by an upper-class mentor for the week. The mentors will lead you in your service activities and will also be there to answer any questions you have about Wake Forest, particularly about getting involved on campus and in the community.

S.P.A.R.C. accepts students on a rolling basis, with notification of acceptance sent within 10 days of application being received. Specific program details will be available in early August.

Marching Band Camp

Dates: August 12-20 for all new Drumline and Colorguard members, August 13-20 for all other new band members
Location: Wake Forest Campus, Davis Field and Scales Fine Arts Center
Cost: $120 (pay upon arrival)
Application Deadline: August 1
Sponsored By: Wake Forest University Athletic Bands

Band camp takes place before orientation to prepare for the upcoming football season. Members of the marching band have the opportunity to march at home games, attend select road games and a post-season bowl game if eligible.

The week will be spent learning drill and music for the half-time show and pregame for the 2015 football season. Marchers and players of all levels of experience are accepted. Band camp is a great time to learn basic steps for the first time or review them after a long summer. Every evening the social committee plans a different fun activity for all band members to participate in such as a campus wide scavenger hunt, bowling, and a dance party on the final night. Band camp is a great time to settle into college life, move into your dorm early, meet new students, and be part of a great organization to get the best seats at every football game!

See the WFU Marching Band website and the FAQs for more information. Questions about Marching Band Camps should be directed to Dr. Kevin Bowen, 336-758-5365, or

Worldwide Wake

Dates: August 17-20
Cost: $300
Application Deadline: July 17
Sponsored By: Center for Global Programs and Studies

Having been admitted to Wake Forest, we know you are smart. But when it comes to your cultural IQ, how do you make the grade? Join other globally minded domestic and international students to enrich your cross-cultural awareness through a series of lively discussions, small-group activities and fun social events each day. You’ll learn about the diverse tapestry of students at Wake, and get a comprehensive head start to understanding the academic and social scene at WFU with the help of upper-class students, who will share firsthand knowledge of life on campus. There will be time to settle into your residence hall and learn about your new home of Winston-Salem, as well as set your course to become a more effective global citizen as you begin your career as a Demon Deacon. Worldwide Wake accepts students on a rolling basis, with notification of acceptance sent within 10 days of application being received. Specific program details will be available in early August.