Information on this site is for the class of 2020. Information for the class of 2021 will be available May 2017.
What’s even cooler than Orientation? Pre-Orientation, of course. You can start your Wake Forest experience early with one of our optional Pre-Orientation programs.
Make a few new friends out in the wild, get to know your new home through volunteer work with your new classmates, learn about Wake Forest history and traditions, or climb a mountain for worship and reflection. The choice is yours, but don’t wait too long to sign up, as these tend to fill up fast.
You’ll arrive a few days early, and when the program concludes, you’ll join the rest of your classmates for New Student Orientation.
Need-based scholarships are available. Contact the sponsoring offices for more details.
Wilderness to Wake
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- An Insider’s Guide to WFU
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.
There is no better way to begin one’s journey as a Demon Deacon than by developing a passion for the rich traditions of Wake Forest. 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 the application being received. Specific program details will be available in early August.
SUMMIT: Christian Campus Ministry Retreat
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)
Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community (S.P.A.R.C.) is a service-oriented pre-orientation program for first-year students. Through 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. 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
August 12-20 for all new Drumline and Colorguard members
August 13-20 for all other new band members
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!
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.
Building University Inclusion and Leadership Through Diversity
Building University Inclusion and Leadership through Diversity (B.U.I.L.D.) is a weeklong immersion program in Winston-Salem that introduces first-year students to concepts of social justice, intercultural communication and social change. Students will work in teams to learn about the various, vibrant cultural communities in Winston-Salem. With their upper-class mentors, incoming students will consider their role and responsibility as citizens in Winston-Salem, identify social justice themes and learn more about strategies for intercultural communication. Students will visit nonprofit organizations, museums, and local agencies. Join the Pro Humanitate Institute staff and upper-class leaders for this fun, exciting introduction to life at Wake Forest.
B.U.I.L.D. accepts students on a rolling basis, with notification of acceptance sent within 10 days of applications being received. Specific program details will be available in early August.