March 26

March 26, 2018


We are so thrilled that you will be joining us as a member of the class of 2022!  While much of our email newsletters will be sent out over the summer leading up to your arrival to campus in August, we wanted to make sure to send you a few items for you to make note of as you prepare to join us in the Fall!

First, I want to share some important dates with you. Our official Move-In day for new and transfer students is Wednesday, August 22nd (unless you are an enrolled participant in a Pre-Orientation program; see details below).   Students participating in Pre-Orientation programs, athletics, or another approved groups will receive move-in instructions directly from the Office of Residence Life and Housing

Other Important August 2018 Dates:

  • New Deac Week (aka Orientation), will take place from Wednesday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 26th. Orientation for new and transfer students is mandatory, thus we ask that you be mindful of these dates.
  • Orientation for Parents and Families: There will be orientation activities for parents and families on Wednesday, August 22nd through late afternoon Thursday, August 23rd.  While parent and family orientation sessions are not mandatory, we strongly encourage attendance as we hope to share helpful insights with your family as you transition to life at Wake Forest!  
  • Fall 2018 classes will begin on Monday, August 27th.

Second, we are excited to announce our 2018 Pre-Orientation program offerings.  Pre-Orientation programs allow you to come to campus a few days before Move-In to meet other classmates in a smaller group setting around a shared experience, such as community service, backpacking and camping, social justice, religious life, and Wake Forest’s history and traditions.  While there is so much that we could say about the experience, here is what some of our previous Pre-Orientation participants (or their families) have said:

“Meeting other students with international interests was an extremely fun and mind-opening experience. Student leaders were very effective in making me feel welcomed to campus, and all activities were designed to bring students closer together.” 

“Absolutely amazing experience! We can’t say enough great things about my experience. The staff and student volunteers were thoughtful, welcoming, and supportive! Incredible!” 

“Wonderful way for our son to meet friends – get comfortable with the campus layout and learn about WFU – the old and the new!”             

 “Our son came away with deep friendships and so excited about Wake. He felt like he already had a bunch of great friends before the first day. It was wonderful.”

Sometimes we all need to see some numbers to convince us:

  • 95% of Pre-Orientation participants in 2017 said they were satisfied with their program
  • 92% said their Pre-Orientation program helped them feel prepared for college
  • 94% said their Pre-Orientation program helped them see opportunities for involvement at WFU.

Now that you’ve had a chance to hear what others are saying about the Pre-Orientation experience, go ahead and check out the 2018 Pre-Orientation Program Line-up for yourself:

Ready to show your interest!?!  Take a minute to fill out this brief 2018 Pre-Orientation Programs Interest Form.

Cherise James, M. S.

Associate Director of Orientation & Lower Division Programming

​Dean of the College | ​Dean of Students​

Wake Forest University