Parents & Families E-Newsletter - July 2016

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E-newsletter from the Office of Family Engagement

It's a new academic year at Wake Forest - and we have some news to announce from our office.  As of July 1, the Office of Parent Programs has been renamed the Office of Family Engagement.  We did this to better reflect the broad scope of our work with families and the ways we hope to engage you in the life of Wake Forest.

You may have seen the former Parents' Page is now called the Family Engagement page.  Don't worry - that's still your place on the web, just with a new name.  Closer to Move-In, we hope to show you a new look and feel for our Family Engagement website.

In the next couple of weeks, we will be sending two brief surveys to families of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors about your experiences with Wake Forest.  When those arrive, it would be a great service to our office if you would take a few minutes to complete them.  Your feedback is essential in helping us understand the needs of our Wake Forest families, and how we can best meet them.  Thank you in advance for your help.

For families of incoming freshmen, there's lots going on next week with Round I of Course Registration. There's great information for you in the Information for Incoming Parents below. The full On-Campus Orientation schedule is now available online.  A copy will be mailed to your student later this month.

Wishing you and your family all the best for the summer.  Go Deacs!

Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Director of Family Communications and Volunteer Management

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Student insurance open enrollment or waiver period (you must do one or the other) for incoming students as well as returning upperclassmen/women
June 1-August 1

Family Weekend Registration goes live in the morning
July 18

Round I of Registration for New Students (Class of 2020)
July 18-22

Fall tuition due
August 1

Move-in for new students
August 26

Orientation programs for parents and families of new students
August 26-27

Move-in for returning upperclassmen/women
August 27-28

For a full list of events, view the Academic Calendar or Events Calendar.

For Incoming Parents and Families of enrolling freshmen in the Class of 2020

From the Office of Academic Advising - Round I of First-Year Student Registration is coming up July 18-21! During this time, students will register for up to 10 credit hours. They will then review and submit Course Preference Surveys, which will be used by our professional advisers to complete the remainder of students’ schedules. If your student will not have internet access for Round I of registration, s/he should contact us as soon as possible at 336.758.3320 to speak with an Academic Counselor about an alternate registration plan. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates!

The full On-Campus Orientation schedule is now online.  A copy will be mailed to your student later this month.

Your students have access to the New Students website, which is the online source for all Orientation and pre-arrival information. There is a parents and families section that we encourage you to use throughout the summer. Please be sure to review all these sections and associated subpages:

Information and deadlines

Advice for new parents and families

Announcements for parents and families

Frequently asked questions

Emails students have received

New Student Receptions continue in July and early August.  There is also a Virtual New Student Reception, which shares some of the advice and messages conveyed during the events.

If you will want access to your student's grades, or if you anticipate ever wanting to talk to a University staff member about your student's educational progress, your student must give you Proxy Access due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.)  For more information on FERPA, and how your child can indicate permission for you to access educational information, see  Please read this web site and talk about it with your student.

Just for Parents: Helping with the Transition to College and Beyond: Led by Dr. James Raper (University Counseling Center) and Dr. Joanne Clinch (Student Health Service), this parents-only presentation and discussion will focus on a variety of topics including: the transition from high school to college, common issues experienced during the college years, child/parent relationship strategies, suggestions for maintaining emotional and physical health, healthy boundaries, and when/how to access the multitude of support systems on campus. Register for the program.


The fall Academic Calendar is available online. While the academic calendar is a general guideline of when school is out of session, before you make any firm travel arrangements, students will need to consult the syllabus for each of his/her fall classes and understand the class/exam schedule to be sure they are still on campus for required classes and exams.

Campus Life and Events

Registration for Family Weekend 2016 (October 7-9) goes live on July 18th. Events can sell out, so mark your calendars and register early!

The Office of Student Engagement is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 formal recruitment dates for fraternities and sororities!  As a reminder, all students must complete at least 12 hours of college credit and have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in order to join a sorority or fraternity.  More details on each council's events can be found on the Fraternity & Sorority Life website.

  • Panhellenic recruitment (sororities): Registration will open in October. Residence halls will open at 9:00 am Wednesday, January 4. There will be a mandatory meeting at 6 pm that evening for all women participating in recruitment. Recruitment events will be January 5-9 (Bid Day).
  • Interfraternity Council recruitment (fraternities): Registration will open in December. Orientation will be on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00 pm.  Recruitment events will be January 11-19 (Bid Night)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council intake (historically African-American fraternities and sororities): This council does not have a coordinated recruitment calendar.  For information about a particular chapter, please contact Fraternity & Sorority Life.

From the Office of Alumni Engagement: we welcome all alumni, parents and families, and Wake Forest staff on August 6 at the first Deacs’ Day at the Zoo!  Group Discounted Tickets are available and can be purchased and printed directly from the Zoo here.

Resources and Deadlines

The 2016-2017 Student Health Insurance open enrollment period will be 6/1/16 – 8/1/16. All students, new and returning are required to make an election regarding coverage (enroll or waive), as health insurance is required for full-time enrollment at the University. During this time, elections can be made online at In order to waive, you must provide proof of coverage that meets the University criteria. Please visit for more information, or email to

Student Financial Services - Fall tuition and fees are due by August 1, 2016. Students must grant access for third parties to receive monthly statements via email and view their student account online in DEAC. Please visit the SFS website for setup instructions.

Family Engagement Page

The Family Engagement Page is your portal to news and information specifically for Wake Forest families.

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See a list of campus departments and our Q&A page.

Contact the Office of Family Engagement at or 336.758.4237.

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As a reminder, most administrative offices work on a Monday-Friday 8:30am-5 pm schedule. However, if you have an urgent need to reach someone at the university because you have a concern that must be addressed quickly, we have designated the University Police as our 24/7 contact. They can assess the situation and determine who best to address your concern. The 24-hour contact number for University Police is 336.758.5591 (non emergency) or 336.758.5911 (emergency). They can get in touch with on-call duty staff 24-hours/day.

The Daily Deac

Upcoming Course Registration for New Students and Virtual New Student Reception
July 15th, 2016

Our incoming first year students will be getting ready for Round I of course registration next week. This is where they will register themselves for up to 10 hours of classes. New students should be playing close attention to the Academics and Advising sections of (in the left hand side menus) to find information about registration and course requirements. [more ...]

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