New Student Orientation

Responsibility comes in many forms. Make sure you complete them.

We have taken a great deal of care to plan a smooth introduction to Wake Forest for the Class of 2028. It’s important that you consult this page regularly from May until Move-In and take care of all tasks by their deadlines.


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May 2024

DescriptionDue By/Available On

May 1

– WEDNESDAY –

New Students website is live for WFU28!
Deacon OneCard photo submission availableDue by: June 14
Housing and Dining Application availableDue by: June 14
Guided Preregistration Survey (GPS) available (sent to your WFU email) Due by: May 31
Complete the Writing Course Decision Tool before you register in July.Due by: July 9
Submit a disability-related academic request with supporting documentation (If applicable)

May 2

– THURSDAY –

Activate your WFU Account and enable Google 2-Step Verification. Note: your password should not be shared with anyone, including your parents/family members.
Pre-Orientation Program applications availableDue by: June 30
Required health information and immunization forms available in your Deacon Health PortalDue by: July 1

May 5

– SUNDAY –

ALEKS PPL Math assessment for CHM 111 and MTH 111 is availableDue by: June 25

May 10

– friday –

Foreign Language Placement Test availableDue by: July 1

May 31

– FRIDAY –

Guided Preregistration Survey (GPS) Due (sent to your WFU email)Available: May 1
Reminder: Writing Course Decision Tool Due (complete before you register for classes)Available: May 1 

June 2024

DescriptionDue by/Available on

Early June

New Student Receptions

From early June to early August, receptions for new students and their families will be held across the country. The 2024 New Student Receptions will be offered virtually and also in person in selected local areas. We hope that every incoming family will join for the virtual option (June 17), or that you’ll register for a local reception should one be offered in your area.

Registration is required so we can have an accurate count of attendees.
WakeWare laptops available for purchase online or in the Bookstore (optional)

All undergraduate students are required to have a laptop which meets minimum requirements. WakeWare laptops include on-campus repair coverage. The bookstore has stock for pickup, or have your WakeWare laptop shipped to you ahead of your arrival to campus. Note: Some students may be eligible for a laptop tech grant. Eligible students will be notified by email and in the financial aid portal.

June 1

– SATURDAY –

Make sure that your parents/family members have verified their family record in Wake Network.
Check your Financial Aid Portal for financial aid disbursement requirements.
Reminder: Submit a disability-related academic request with supporting documentation (If applicable)
Submit disability-related housing and dining accommodation requests with supporting documentation

June 5

– wednesday –

Add Authorized Payers (Third-Party Access) in Workday
Pre-orientation Program status notifications begin (optional)

June 14

– Friday –

Housing and Dining Application dueAvailable: May 1
Deacon OneCard photo submission dueAvailable: May 1

June 17

– MONDAY –

Attend the Virtual New Student Reception

June 20

– THURSDAY –

Log into College Board and designate WFU as AP score recipient
Submit IB scores

June 25

– TUESDAY –

Complete ALEKS PPL Math assessment for CHM 111 and MTH 111Available: May 5

June 30

– Sunday –

Pre-Orientation registration closes (including Marching Band)

Pre-orientation programs are optional, but strongly encouraged.
Available: May 1

July 2024

DescriptionDue By/Available On

July 1

– MONDAY –

Record your name in NameCoach
Required health information and immunization forms dueAvailable: May 2
Health Insurance waiver/enrollment availableDue by: September 15
Deadline to submit disability-related housing and dining accommodation request with supporting documentationAvailable: May 1
Foreign Language Placement Test dueAvailable: May 10
Reminder: Submit a disability-related academic request with supporting documentation (If applicable)

July 8

– monday –

Final day for Pre-orientation Program enrollment status notification (optional)

July 9

– TUESDAY –

Sign up for Project Wake
Writing Course Decision Tool dueAvailable: May 1

July 10-12

– wednesday/friday –

Registration for Fall Courses

July 31

– wednesday –

Housing assignments released (Sent to your WFU email)

August 2024

DescriptionAvailable on/Due by

August 1

– Thursday –

Fall tuition due (View account activity in Workday > Student Financials). 
Reminder: Submit a disability-related academic request with supporting documentation (If applicable)
Social Belonging Online Program available (Sent to your WFU email)Due by: August 15
Part 1 of the Alcohol and Other Substance Misuse Prevention Course (AlcoholEdu for College: Primary) available (Sent to your WFU email)Due by: August 26
Part 1 of the Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU) available (Sent to your WFU email)Due by: August 26
Part 1 of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging course available (Sent to your WFU email)Due by: August 26
Hazing Prevention course availableDue by: August 26
Register your car for a 2024-2025 parking permit (If applicable)

August 15

– Thursday –

Complete Social Belonging Online ProgramAvailable: August 1

August 16

– friday –

Register your mobile phone with Wake Ready
Register your property with University Police
Download the WakeSafe app (strongly recommended)
Download Alertus, a tool that allows University Police to send a pop-up, full-screen laptop warning when immediate safety actions are needed.

August 16-17

– Friday & Saturday –

Move-in days: Pre-Orientation Program students only

Approved arrival date is dependent on the program and will be communicated by the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

August 21

– Wednesday –

MOVE-IN DAY
(First-year and transfer students)


New Deac Week Parents & Families Orientation Sessions (
Strongly encouraged. For travel planning purposes, family orientation activities begin on August 21 and will conclude by 7:30 p.m. on August 22. Families should plan to depart on the 22nd or 23rd.)
Connect your mobile and laptop devices to eduroam using your WFU email address and WFU password to log in. For any other special wireless needs, see our article on Campus Wireless Networks  (Find tech support at The Bridge in ZSR.)


August 21-25

– Wednesday/Sunday –

NEW DEAC WEEK
(New Student Orientation)

August 26

– Monday –

FALL 2024 CLASSES BEGIN
Complete Part 1 of the Alcohol and Other Substance Misuse Prevention online course (AlcoholEdu for College: Primary) (Sent to your WFU email)Available: August 1
Complete Part 1 of the Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU) (Sent to your WFU email)Available: August 1
Complete Part 1 of the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging course (Sent to your WFU email)Available: August 1
Complete the Hazing Prevention courseAvailable: August 1

September 2024

DescriptionAvailable on/Due by

September 15

– SUNDAY –

Health Insurance waiver/enrollment dueAvailable: July 1

Fall in the Forest

New students cannot learn everything about what it takes to have a successful college experience in a few days before the semester even starts. Therefore, new student orientation programming continues through the fall. In this way, you can continue to learn while you are experiencing what it is actually like to be a student at Wake Forest.

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