Advice for New Parents and Families

NOTE: All information on this site is for the Class of 2023. Information for the Class of 2024 (who will move in August of 2020), will go live on May 1st. 

Here is a roundup of some general advice for parents and families of new students, and/or past web content that may be helpful.

Conversations to have with your student this summer – topics you might want to discuss with your Deac over the summer

Course registration advice — the New Students website has specifics about curriculum requirements as well as the advising process and planning for course registration.

Grade expectations – how to have realistic expectations on grades

The bell tower of Wait Chapel is silhouetted against clouds and sky.Advice from parents of sophomores, juniors, and seniors:

Academicsmaking sense of course schedules and workload

Social or campus life – getting involved, making friends

Logistics – Move-In, air travel, letting go, and more

Wake Wash – You may want to consider giving your student the gift of Wake Wash – a laundry service run by our own WFU student entrepreneurs

Move-In Day Best Practices – things to keep in mind on Move-In day

Tips for Parents from the University Counseling Center – what to do once school begins



Stop, Drop, and Roll problem solving methodOne of the best ways you can help your Deac get ready for college is to let them be independent: let your student make their own plans, determine best solutions, solve their own problems, rather than you providing directions or answers. We strongly advocate parents and families use the Stop, Drop, and Roll method if your student contacts you with a problem;  read more about why this is so important.

The Stop, Drop, and Roll flyer also lists contact information for serious concerns where family intervention might be appropriate.

Also see our Parents and Families FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions page). If your question is not answered there, contact the Office of Family Engagement at or 336-758-4237.