New Student Receptions

This website contains information for students in the Class of 2025, who started school in August 2021. Information for the Class of 2026, who will begin in August 2022, will be available starting May 1.

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New Student Receptions

This summer, a series of receptions for Class of 2025 new students and their families will be held virtually and in person across the country in June, July and August. Two virtual receptions will be offered on June 22 and July 14. These programs are not geographically specific and will provide a glimpse into life at Wake Forest, top tips for transitioning to college, registering for classes, approaching residential living, and Q&A with a panel of current students. International students are encouraged to sign up for the July 14 virtual reception as there will be important information and updates specific to international students shared during the program.

In addition to joining us at one of the virtual options, we hope that you will register for a local reception should one be offered in your area. Details, dates and registration information can be found on this page starting in May 2021. You will also receive an email invitation for both the virtual receptions and in-person offerings as details are confirmed. Please contact with questions.

General Receptions (Virtual)
Please note that both virtual receptions will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.
Updates specific to international students will be shared during the July 14 program.

Virtual Reception 1 | June 22 – view the event recording here

Virtual Reception 2 | July 14 – view the event recording here

Regional Receptions (In-person)
We invite you to attend the reception that is most convenient, whether it is in your hometown or elsewhere. Preregistration is required. Check this list frequently over the summer, as new dates will be added as they are confirmed.

CA | Bay Area | August 10

CA | Southern California | August 11

CO | Denver | August 10

CT | Greenwich | July 15

FL | North Florida | July 23

FL | Tampa | August 5

FL | Orlando | August 8

FL | South Florida | August 2

GA | Atlanta | August 1

IL | Chicago | August 3

KY | Lexington | July 28

MA | Boston | July 20

MA | Nantucket | July 24*

MD | Baltimore | August 4

MD | DC Area | July 29

MO | St. Louis | August 11

NC | Charlotte | August 1

NC | Hickory | August 10*

NC | Raleigh | July 18

NC | Wilmington | August 7*

NC | Winston-Salem | July 29

NJ | Essex County | July 21

NY | Westchester County | July 28

OH | Columbus | August 11

PA | Philadelphia | July 20

RI | Watch Hill | July 21

TN | Nashville | August 5

TX | Dallas | July 28

TX | Houston | July 29

VA | DC Area | July 15

VA | Roanoke | August 10

VA | Virginia Beach | July 25

* = In conjunction with a general Wake Forest reception


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Top 10 Reasons to Attend a New Student Reception

1. Meet other incoming students and families from your area. (You are welcome to attend multiple receptions!)

2. Meet current students and build your WFU network.

3. Learn more about how to get your best start at Wake.

4. Make a connection with the Office of Family Engagement and other WFU staff.

5. Have your specific questions answered.

6. Score a WFU ’25 keychain (students).

7. Get a “Wake Forest Parent” static window cling for your car (parents/families).

8. Feel less anxious about starting school because you will have met some great people in advance.

9. Be warmly welcomed into the Wake Forest family.

10. Get excited about the next 4 years at WFU!