Freshman move-in day on south campus for the Wake Forest class of 2022.
Freshman move-in day on south campus for the Wake Forest class of 2022.
Wake Forest first-year students move into their residence halls on south campus on the annual move-in day.
Wake Forest first-year students move into their residence halls on south campus on the annual move-in day.
Wake Forest first-year students move into their residence halls on south campus on the annual move-in day.
Wake Forest first-year students move into their residence halls on south campus on the annual move-in day.

Sometimes you just know.

Whether it was love at first sight, a lifelong dream or simply a great first impression, this page is for all who will soon call Wake Forest University home. Visit often to stay informed of key dates and deadlines, social feeds, news, events and more.

About that calendar – Use a pencil, not a pen.

As you move through the next few months, you may see changes to these dates due to the University’s response to COVID-19.  We will be sure to keep you updated up until your arrival on campus.  The dates are accurate at the time the website was produced. It’s important that you consult the New Student website regularly when it launches in May 2021 for the most updated information.

Orientation Starts in:

What’s Next?

January – March 2021

April – June 2021

  • Monday, May 3
    • New Student website goes live
  • Monday, June 7
    • Pre-Orientation Program application due (optional)
  • Friday, June 18
    • Notification via WFU email of Pre-Orientation Program enrollment (optional)

Summer 2021

  • August 14-16
    • Move-in dates for students enrolled in Pre-Orientation Program (optional)
      (Approved arrival date is dependent on the program and will be communicated at a later date by the Office of Residence Life and Housing)
  • August 19
    • New Student Move-in Day
  • August 19 – 22
    • New Deac Week Orientation 2021 (mandatory)
  • August 19 – 20
    • New Deac Week Parents & Families Sessions
      (Strongly encouraged. For travel planning purposes, family orientation activities begin on August 19 and will conclude by 6:30 p.m. on August 20.)
  • August 23
    • Fall semester courses begin


Pre-Orientation Move-in

By participating in a Pre-Orientation program, you will arrive on campus prior to the official Move-in Day of Thursday, August 19. Many families choose to send their students to campus with the bare necessities for Pre-Orientation, and then bring students’ remaining belongings on Move-in Day. This also enables parents to participate in all parent and family orientation activities.

Wake Forest first year students in the WakeWell pre-orientation program hike the strenuous loop trail at Stone Mountain State Park on Monday, August 20, 2018.

The Office of Family Engagement

New Student ConvocationThe Office of Family Engagement provides information and support to Wake Forest parents and families. Our office maintains the Parents & Families website, which is the primary vehicle of communication with families, as well the Daily Deac blog (which families can subscribe to for a daily look at life on campus), and plans New Student Receptions, which will take place in summer 2020. We have a comprehensive FAQ page and an Incoming Students page. If you can’t find answers there, feel free to contact the Office of Family Engagement at parents@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.4237.

More on Family Engagement

Family Record Form

So that we may begin including you on important communications from Wake Forest, please complete a Family Record Form at your earliest convenience. Please include your email address on this form, as email is our primary means of communication with families.

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Letters So Dear

“Letters So Dear” is a weekly email with advice for our newest Demon Deacons; it contains letters from older students, who share tips about succeeding in and out of the classroom, adjusting to college life, and more. They hope you can learn from their experiences as you transition to life at Wake Forest.

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