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Wake Parents & Families
Special Edition for Parents and Families of New Students

We want to extend a very special welcome to parents and families of new students arriving on campus this month! Whether your family is new to Wake Forest or if you have other students who had enrolled in previous years, we wanted to provide some important information to help you get ready for Move-In Day and Orientation.

Please review the information in this e-newsletter carefully as you prepare to move your student to campus. We wish you safe travels and a very easy Move-In experience.

Go Deacs!

Betsy Chapman ('92, MA '94)
Director of Parent Programs

Prior to Arriving on Campus

Please consult the list of "Key Dates/Action Items" in the white parent insert from the Forestry 101 book on the Parents and Families section of the New Students web site to ensure all action items have been completed. Scroll to the bottom of the Parents and Families section to see the list of due dates and action items.

Move-In Day Logistics

To help parents and families prepare for some of the logistics of physical move-in, we have prepared some tips on driving onto campus, getting your student’s belongings into his or her residence hall, and parking.

Please be sure to print a Move-In Parking Pass and display it in your car. You’ll also want to print out a campus map.

We have also compiled some best practices in how to approach Move-In from a personal standpoint. Take time to review these as well.

There will be a Bed Bath and Beyond sale on the Manchester Quad on Move-In Day, as well as outside of the Deacon Shop. Please see the Bed Bath and Beyond Information flyer for details.

Orientation Schedule

The Orientation Schedule for the Class of 2017 is online. Please review the activities for parents and families to be aware of sessions you wish to attend. Formal programming for parents ends in the early afternoon of Friday, August 23; however, we welcome you to stay for optional activities that afternoon.

You will note that there are a lot of times in the schedule where students and parents do separate things. This is intentional. It allows our new students to bond with each other and form friendships. Please stress to your student the importance of attending all required activities, and please do not pull them from activities to go to a parent orientation session.

Fall Classes

Students will be able to access their fall schedule in WIN as of August 13. When they arrive on campus for Orientation and meet with their academic advisers, students will have a chance to discuss their schedules. If students want to make changes to their schedule, they can do that once classes begin on August 27.

The Office of Academic Advising has posted important dates in the fall semester. Parents and families want to be sure their students are aware of these dates, particularly for dropping and adding classes. Please do not plan travel for your student or family vacations during times when classes are in session or until finals week is over. Faculty are not required to give alternate exam times for reasons other than illness or emergencies.

Important Actions to Consider

Getting Notifications of Tuition – Tuition was due on August 1st. If you have not paid tuition, please see this website for payment options.

Student Financial Services does not set up accounts for parents or other third parties. Due to the Family Educational Right of Privacy Act (FERPA), students must authorize parents or other third-party payers to have access to their accounts. We strongly recommend you encourage your student to grant you third-party access, so then you will be notified when monthly bills are posted via DEAC.

Providing insurance coverage for your student - Students must enroll or waive (if eligible) by August 19 or they will be automatically enrolled in Student Blue. The waiver criteria are available on their website.

Considering optional protection – students can sign up for Thinkpad Protection for their laptops, and families can elect to purchase Tuition Insurance. Few people think they will ever need tuition insurance. But even college students who have always been healthy sometimes get sick (ever heard of “mono”?) to the point where they have to withdraw for a semester. If some such circumstance arises, you will be very happy you purchased tuition insurance. We highly recommend it.

Setting up a local bank account – Wake Forest has a full-service branch of Wells Fargo Bank on campus, located on the 2nd floor of the Benson University Center. There is also a Wells Fargo ATM machine on the Quad (Hearn Plaza) in Davis Hall. If you wish to open a Wells Fargo account for your student, you can do it in one of the following ways:
  • Call the local branch at 336-896-2125, 336-896-2121, or 336-896-2122 and ask to speak to a banker to set up a student account
  • Visit the on-campus Wells Fargo branch during Move-In Weekend. The branch will hold special hours for new student accounts: Friday 8/23 (9 am-5 pm),Saturday 8/24 (9 am-1 pm), and Monday 8/26 (9 am-5 pm). (Normal operating hours for the branch are 10 am-3 pm Monday-Friday.)

Parent Communications

Most communications to parents are done via electronic means. Here are some resources to be aware of as your students being their time on campus.

Parents’ Page - Though the New Students website has been the place for you to find information about your student’s matriculation, once the fall semester begins, the parent portal for WFU information is the Parents’ Page. On the Parents’ Page are several features to note:
  • The Daily Deac is a blog for parents and families. It’s a great way to get a snapshot of life at Wake Forest. On the main Parents’ Page, if you look on the right hand side, you will see The Daily Deac. If you wish to have it emailed to you automatically, please provide your email address in the box provided.
  • There is a list of campus departments that parents might need to access.
  • We will run a special message for first year families once a week that will cover something your students might be experiencing (homesickness, adjustment to campus, etc.) with tips on how best to support them. We encourage you to bookmark this site and check it weekly.
  • There is also a Q&A page that covers some of the typical questions received in the Parent Programs office. If your question is not answered there, please contact us at or 336-758-4237.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Once a month the Wake Parents and Families e-newsletter will be sent to all parents for whom we have a valid email address. If you are not receiving it, one of two things might be happening: 1) the email has been routed to your junk/spam folder - and if so, please add us to your ‘safe senders’ list, or 2) we do not have a valid email address for you. You can provide a valid email address using the Alumni Update Form. Please note: this form is valid for parents as well as alumni.

You and your student should review the Wake Ready website, which contains emergency preparedness information. This site will help explain what students should do in case of an emergency, and will help families understand the processes in place to notify students.

The Wake Forest Parents’ Council is your link to the administration. During the fall, a member of the Parents’ Council will reach out to you (typically via email) to see how your student is doing. Any time you have questions or concerns, either they can help you or they will direct you to the Parent Programs office. Read a welcome letter from Parents’ Council chairs Susan and Mike Selverian (P ’13, ’16).

Parent Programs

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

Fall Tuition Was Due
August 1
If you have not already paid tuition, please do so as soon as possible; see billing, payment methods, and please read important information about having your student grant you third-party access to DEAC.

Last Day for Student Insurance Enrollment (or Waiver)
August 19

Move-In Day for new students
August 22
(Note: students participating in pre-orientation programs should have received a move-in date that corresponds to the start of their program)

For a full list of events, view the Events Calendar


August 7th, 2013
It has been a very busy week in the Parent Programs office, which is reflected in this week’s lack of Daily Deacs. We are wrapping up the final New Student Receptions for incoming first-year students and trying to prepare for their arrival in less than three weeks now. Wow. The summer has sped by for us.
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