Parents & Families

NOTE: the information on this website was for the Class of 2026, who started at Wake Forest in August 2022. Information for the Class of 2027 will be available in May 2023.

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Welcome, P’26s!

We are so excited you are joining the Wake Forest family! Learn more about key due dates and deadlines for parents and families, what you should be doing this summer to help prepare your Deac for move-in, and advice on the college transition.

Here’s where to start.

Verify your family record in Wake Network.

Wake Forest uses email to communicate with families, and we need to ensure we have families’ correct contact information. If you have not already done so, make sure to verify your family record in Wake Network.

  • Note: families do not show up in Wake Network until their student’s admissions deposit has been received and processed; depending on how you paid your deposit (e.g., check mailed in via US Postal Service, etc.), that could take a week or two to be received and processed.

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The Daily Deac is a blog that shares important news, offers advice about supporting your students, and covers a variety of WFU activities and events to help you get a sense of campus life.

Get to know our family communications guidelines and philosophy.

Review our Family Communications: Guidelines and Philosophy to understand how we work with families and when you can expect to hear from Wake Forest.

Let’s address some key questions.

What should I be doing right now?

Make sure you’re familiar with important dates and deadlines happening this summer that we’ve included in our Key Dates for Parents and Families page.

When is Move-in Day and Orientation? How Do I See the Orientation Schedule?

Move-in and Orientation dates are provided below. We encourage you to delay finalizing your travel plans until your student has the opportunity to consider Pre-Orientation experiences and has received final communication from Residence Life and Housing about their approved move-in date.

August 12 or 14

Move-in for students enrolled in optional Pre-Orientation programs (Your student’s approved arrival date will be communicated directly to them by the Office of Residence Life and Housing).

August 17

New Student Move-in Day (For those students who are not attending Pre-Orientation)

August 17-18

New Deac Week Parents & Families Orientation Sessions (Strongly encouraged. For travel planning purposes, family Orientation activities will begin on August 17 and will conclude by 7:30 p.m. on August 18). A tentative schedule is here. The full schedule will be available mid-July via the Guidebook app (details to come once the app goes live).

To Access the Online Orientation Schedule in the Guidebook App:

The Orientation schedule is now available on the Guidebook app, accessible by this QR code: 

Orientation QR code

Or you can go to your Apple or Google Play store and search “WFU Orientation Programs” to access the New Deac Welcome Week 2022 guide. 

Helpful hint: choose the SCHEDULE BY TRACKS option, then select Parents & Families (which will show you the activities meant for you), or Transfer (for Transfer students), or First Year (which is what your students will be doing).

Where can I find emails sent to new families?

You can find the latest information sent to families on our Emails Sent to New Families page.

What information has my student received?

You can find the latest emails sent to students on our Emails Sent to New Students page.

How can I prepare myself for my student’s transition to college?

Check out our Advice for New Parents and Families page and our Stop, Drop, and Roll framework for student problem-solving.

Can I meet other new students and families?

Attend a New Student Reception if one is offered in your area. We hope all families will attend one of our two Virtual New Student Receptions on June 22 or July 20 (the virtual sessions will be recorded).

After you have verified your family record in Wake Network, (see video), you can use Wake Network to search for other families in your home area.