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First in Flight is a student-run organization designed to support all first-generation students, providing opportunities for conversation, social events, and a dedicated peer mentoring program.

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The Intercultural Center develops and implements programming which fosters the academic and personal development of the university’s ethnic minority population.

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The Mentoring Resource Center provides standards, training, support, tracking, recognition, and inspiration for mentoring across the entire Wake Forest campus, both for formal mentoring programs and for informal mentoring relationships.

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As the nation’s premier collegiate university, we offer the personal attention of a liberal arts college with the resources of a large research institution. We invite you to learn more about our campus community—intellectually curious people who value the life of the mind, strong character and authenticity.

Because of the size of the campus and the strong connections among schools and departments, students have access to a network of peers, faculty and administrators for a college experience that is fulfilling in all respects.

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Our Winston-Salem, N.C., campus houses an academic community of almost 9,000 students, with more studying at Wake Forest locations in Charlotte, Washington, D.C., and around the world. Our undergraduate liberal arts curriculum inspires a holistic approach to preparing graduate and professional school students. We graduate leaders with integrity and courage who use their success to make an impact on society.

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Educating Character Initiative announces 2024 grant recipients

The Educating Character Initiative (ECI), a part of the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University, has awarded 41 grants of up to $50,000 to institutions nationwide seeking to educate and embed character in their distinctive contexts of higher education.

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Shelby Horth awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship

Applied mathematics researcher Shelby Horth has earned a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award to study aeronautics. Horth, a May 2024 Wake Forest graduate, will pursue a doctorate in applied mathematics at the University of Arizona. Her research will explore complex mathematical models and their applications in aeronautics and aerospace.

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Bringing It Home

Abrea Armstrong (MSM ’16) is tapping her wide-ranging experience to build awareness and appreciation of Winston-Salem’s Black history and culture.

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The quiet beauty of Summer in the Forest. #MotherSoDear

The quiet beauty of Summer in the Forest. #MotherSoDear

For six weeks this summer, Wake Forest University’s Freedom School offers Forsyth County K-8 grade students literacy enrichment and a glimpse of college life. The heart of the program lies in its servant leader interns (SLIs), comprising students from Wake Forest, Elon, UNCG and Wingate University. These mentors, in classrooms of 10 to 12 students, facilitate the integrated reading curriculum, featuring books that mirror the scholars’ experiences and identities. Beyond academics, Freedom School nurtures social awareness and civic engagement. This year, students nationwide will observe the National Day of Social Action on July 19, centered on the theme of banned books. Through projects like letter-writing campaigns to lawmakers and videos, the youth scholars will champion diversity and representation in literature. #ProHumanitate #OurMottoMeansMore

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Celebrating Juneteenth with commentary from @wakediv Dean Corey D. B. Walker. #ProHumanitate

Celebrating Juneteenth with commentary from @wakediv Dean Corey D. B. Walker. #ProHumanitate

Wendy Wei (‘25), a Reynolds Scholar majoring in applied statistics and philosophy from Lexington, Kentucky, is spending the summer at @carnegiemellon completing a Data Science-focused Junior Summer Institute sponsored by the Program for Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA). This national fellowship program prepares students for careers that serve the public good by providing rigorous academic training and professional development over seven weeks. Students who successfully complete the PPIA-JSI and are admitted to Heinz College’s full-time master’s program will receive a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend of $8,000 per year. #ProHumanitate #OurMottoMeansMore

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Bringing back this gem in honor of all the Deacon Dads who just get more done. Happy Father’s Day! #GoDeacs

Bringing back this gem in honor of all the Deacon Dads who just get more done. Happy Father’s Day! #GoDeacs

Roksanna Keyvan (‘26), a Stamps Scholar from Coral Springs, Florida, who has designed her own major focusing on environmental and social justice, is one of 16 @yale Conservation Scholars this summer. As part of this early leadership initiative, Keyvan will engage for nine weeks in fishery regulatory policy work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Other scholars might be placed at a research laboratory, environmental nonprofit, or field site; all will receive a stipend, mentorship, professional development workshops and an invitation to the New Horizons in Conservation Conference. #ProHumanitate #OurMottoMeansMore

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The sweet smell of summer in the Forest.

The sweet smell of summer in the Forest.

A look back at another amazing year in the Forest. 🎩🌳 #GoDeacs #ProHumanitate

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Applied mathematics researcher and private pilot Shelby Horth (‘24) has earned a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award to study aeronautics. Horth, a May 2024 Wake Forest graduate, will pursue a doctorate in applied mathematics at the University of Arizona. Her research will explore complex mathematical models and their real-world applications in aeronautics/aerospace, potentially leading to breakthroughs in signal processing, information processing, optimization and predictive modeling. “Being awarded the fellowship is an incredible honor and a pivotal milestone in my academic and professional research career,” said Horth. “This fellowship validates the significance of my research in applied mathematics. It also provides the necessary resources and support for me to delve deeper into innovative problem-solving.” As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the reputation of the GRFP follows recipients as they become lifelong leaders who contribute significantly to scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt. NSF-GRFP fellowships provide a three-year annual stipend of $37,000 along with a $16,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, as well as access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students. #ProHumanitate #OurMottoMeansMore

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In honor of Pride Month, we’re taking a look back to this spring’s Lavender Graduation ceremony. Each year @lgbtqatwfu hosts a Lavender Graduation ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding LGBTQ+ and ally graduating students. Lavender Graduation is a unique ceremony held annually to honor the struggles many LGBTQ+ students face in accessing and achieving in their education. It does not replace traditional commencement activities, but is a special time to come together in a community of celebration and honor our Lavender Graduates. LGBTQ+ and ally students graduating from the College or from graduate programs are invited to participate, and the entire Wake Forest community is invited to celebrate in this special occasion. #wfugrad

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Wake Forest is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need through grants, scholarships, work-study, and subsidized loans.

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is our student-to-faculty ratio. More than half of our undergraduate classes have fewer than 20 students. Only 1% have more than 50 students.

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Join us for Campus Day on either  Friday, April 5,  or  Monday, April 8 . It’s your chance to explore the Forest and get a feel for what makes this place so special.

During your first visit to campus as an officially accepted Demon Deacon, you’ll spend time with our community. Faculty, staff, current students and fellow members of the Class of 2028 will all be part of your big day.

We can’t wait to welcome you to the Forest.  Go Deacs!

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Don’t delay! Let us know you’ll be here for Campus Day on either April 5 or April 8.


Faculty, staff, current students and fellow members of the Class of 2028 will all be part of your big day. Learn more about the day’s events here!

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Wake Forest University

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Wake Forest University is a private institution that was founded in 1834. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,447 (fall 2022), and the campus size is 340 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wake Forest University's ranking in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #47. Its tuition and fees are $64,758.

Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, just a few hours by car from skiing in the Blue Ridge Mountains or relaxing on the beaches of South Carolina. Campus Recreation offers intramural sports and outdoor trips such as kayaking on the New River, mountain biking and sky-diving. The Demon Deacons, Wake’s athletic teams, are members of the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference. When Wake Forest played rival Duke University  in 1922 and won, a local reporter described the Wake players as "Demon Deacons," and thus, the mascot was born. Students must live on campus for six semesters in one of the residence halls. Greek organizations play a big role at Wake Forest, with membership consisting of almost half of the student body.

Wake Forest is made up of six schools. Its graduate programs include those in the highly ranked School of Law , School of Business and School of Medicine . Undergraduates are enrolled in either Wake Forest College or the business school. More than 60 percent of students take advantage of Wake’s study abroad programs offered in more than 70 countries around the world. Notable alumni include the shortest NBA player of all-time, Muggsy Bogues; legendary golfer Arnold Palmer; and journalist and talk show host Al Hunt.

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Transitions in offices of financial aid and undergraduate admissions.

June 28, 2024

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Effective July 1, Tom Benza (MA ‘13) will be stepping down as the director of financial aid and will transition to a new role within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as senior associate dean for external recruitment. Benza has been at Wake Forest for 18 years and has served as director of financial aid for the past four years, overseeing the awarding of federal aid for all schools on the Reynolda Campus as well as federal, institutional and state aid for the college, graduate school and divinity school. In 2018, he was recognized as the University’s Employee of the Year. As senior associate dean for external recruitment, Benza will lead off-campus student recruitment efforts and contribute to undergraduate enrollment direction, strategy and outcomes.

“Tom’s deep understanding of the financial aid process, his commitment to supporting students and his strong leadership skills make him exceptionally well-suited for this important role in undergraduate admissions,” said Eric Maguire, vice president for enrollment at Wake Forest. 

Reflecting on his time with the Office of Financial Aid, Benza said, “It has been an incredible honor to work alongside such a dedicated and caring group of financial aid administrators these past 18 years. Their tireless efforts ensure that a Wake Forest education remains accessible and affordable for students from all backgrounds. While I will miss working with them day-to-day, I am excited to take on this new challenge and continue supporting Wake Forest’s mission in a different capacity.”

Upon Benza’s transition, Christina Tangalakis will assume the role of interim director of financial aid. Tangalakis is an experienced financial aid professional, having previously served in leadership positions at the University of Southern California and Glendale Community College. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Christina to Wake Forest and are grateful to her for stepping in to lead our financial aid operations during this time of transition,” said Maguire. “Her deep expertise and student-centered approach will serve our students and families well.”

Wake Forest will conduct a national search for a permanent director of financial aid during the beginning of the 2024-25 academic year.

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  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into Wake Forest and build a strong application.

School location: Winston-Salem, NC

This school is also known as: Wake Forest University, WFU

Admissions Rate: 21.4%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at Wake Forest is 21.4% . For every 100 applicants, 21 are admitted.

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This means the school is very selective . If you meet Wake Forest's requirements for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and other components of the application, you have a great shot at getting in. But if you fall short on GPA or your SAT/ACT scores, you'll have a very low chance of being admitted, even if you meet the other admissions requirements.

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Wake Forest GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.91

The average GPA at Wake Forest is 3.91 .

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA. This school did not officially report its average GPA, but we've estimated it here using data from over 1,000 schools.)

With a GPA of 3.91, Wake Forest requires you to be at the top of your class . You'll need nearly straight A's in all your classes to compete with other applicants. Furthermore, you should be taking hard classes - AP or IB courses - to show that college-level academics is a breeze.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.91, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate . This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.

SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Only a few schools require the SAT or ACT, but many consider your scores if you choose to submit them.

Wake Forest hasn't explicitly named a policy on SAT/ACT requirements, but because it's published average SAT or ACT scores (we'll cover this next), it's likely test flexible. Typically, these schools say, "if you feel your SAT or ACT score represents you well as a student, submit them. Otherwise, don't."

Despite this policy, the truth is that most students still take the SAT or ACT, and most applicants to Wake Forest will submit their scores. If you don't submit scores, you'll have one fewer dimension to show that you're worthy of being admitted, compared to other students. We therefore recommend that you consider taking the SAT or ACT, and doing well.

Wake Forest SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1395

The average SAT score composite at Wake Forest is a 1395 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes Wake Forest Moderately Competitive for SAT test scores.

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Wake Forest SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile SAT score is 1400, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1500. In other words, a 1400 on the SAT places you below average, while a 1500 will move you up to above average .

Here's the breakdown of SAT scores by section:

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

Wake Forest has the Score Choice policy of "Contact School."

This means that the school wants you to contact them to learn more about their Score Choice policies. Keep reading - we may have extra notes about this from our own expert research.

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Wake Forest ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, Wake Forest likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 31

The average ACT score at Wake Forest is 31. This score makes Wake Forest Strongly Competitive for ACT scores.

The 25th percentile ACT score is 31, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 34.

Even though Wake Forest likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 31 or below, you'll have a very hard time getting in, unless you have something else very impressive in your application. There are so many applicants scoring 31 and above that a 31 will look academically weak.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 34 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

However, in our research, we found that Wake Forest does in fact offer an ACT superscore policy . To quote their Admissions Office:

Test Optional. Contact school for information.

Superscoring is powerful to your testing strategy, and you need to make sure you plan your testing accordingly. Of all the scores that Wake Forest receives, your application readers will consider your highest section scores across all ACT test dates you submit .

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For example, say you submit the following 4 test scores:

Even though the highest ACT composite you scored on any one test date was 20, Wake Forest will take your highest section score from all your test dates, then combine them to form your Superscore. You can raise your composite score from 20 to 32 in this example.

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and Wake Forest forms your Superscore, you can take the ACT as many times as you want, then submit only the tests that give you the highest Superscore. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your ACT score is currently below a 34, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the ACT and retaking it . You have a very good chance of raising your score, which will significantly boost your chances of getting in.

Even better, because of the Superscore, you can focus all your energy on a single section at a time. If your Reading score is lower than your other sections, prep only for the Reading section, then take the ACT. Then focus on Math for the next test, and so on. This will give you the highest Superscore possible.

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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Currently, only the ACT has an optional essay section that all students can take. The SAT used to also have an optional Essay section, but since June 2021, this has been discontinued unless you are taking the test as part of school-day testing in a few states. Because of this, no school requires the SAT Essay or ACT Writing section, but some schools do recommend certain students submit their results if they have them.

Wake Forest considers the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.

Final Admissions Verdict

Because this school is very selective, strong academic scores are critical to improving your chances of admission . If you're able to score a 1500 SAT or a 34 ACT or above, you'll have a very strong chance at getting in.

For a school as selective as Wake Forest, rounding out the rest of your application will also help. We'll cover those details next.

But if you apply with a score below a 1500 SAT or a 34 ACT, you unfortunately have a low chance of getting in. There are just too many other applicants with high SAT/ACT scores and strong applications, and you need to compete against them.

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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of Wake Forest here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Accepted, supplemental forms required
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for all freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation 1
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $85
  • Fee Waiver Available? Available
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Testing Requirements

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  • SAT Essay or ACT Writing Optional
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office None

Coursework Requirements

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  • Social Studies 2

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  • Address: 1834 Winston-Salem, NC 27109
  • Phone: (336) 758-5000
  • Fax: (336) 758-6074
  • Email: [email protected]

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Make a Plan for Your Student to Have a Laptop (Consider WakeWare!)

Dear parents and families of incoming students, We’re bringing you the weekly email with FYIs, due dates and other considerations for you as your student gets ever closer to beginning their Wake Forest experience. Here’s what you should know this week.

Here’s what you should know this week. For families:

  • Registration (i.e., packet pick up)  for Family Weekend will begin at  10 a.m.  on  Friday morning, September 27th . We will host our annual Deacon Family Festival that afternoon, have dinner options around campus, and  special dining discounts  at select Winston-Salem eateries (no advance registration needed). We will end Friday with the Night of Student Entertainment in Wait Chapel.
  • Join your student at the  DEACTOWN Student Tailgate  prior to the football game vs the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns! Located at the outdoor courts of the Miller Tennis Center, the student tailgate  begins three hours prior to kickoff . The space features  live music, food trucks (free while supplies last) and fun with other families .
  • On Sunday the 29th , we conclude the weekend with a farewell brunch (tickets required; purchase during registration) and Club Sports Jamboree.
  • Other activities and experiences such as tours, lectures, presentations and the like are in the works and will be added to . For those still looking for hotel accommodations, please peruse the  Visit Winston Salem website  for current hotel listings in the area; also consider Airbnb, VRBO, etc. in the Piedmont Triad area (i.e., Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem).
  • We will be updating the list of activities and Winston-Salem dining discounts on Friday, September 20th, when we receive notice of kickoff time. We look forward to having you with us in September!
  • Dr. Shuman will review the academic accommodations process and answer any questions you may have. He will also outline tutoring and academic coaching options available to all students. 
  • Dates and times for CLASS Meet the Director Q&A are July 17 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern and July 31 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern. Register here.
  • Every year, you must  enroll or waive coverage  in our student health insurance plan  (i.e., you complete a waiver to show your student has acceptable insurance coverage through your policy).
  • If you do not formally enroll or waive coverage, you will be charged for the WFU student insurance plan , even if you have sufficient coverage on your own policy.
  • While  not due until September 15 , you can enroll or waive coverage now.
  • We are excited to announce  our policy will include (2) preventive dental visits  with an in-network provider and a  $200 vision allowance for glasses or contacts .
  • The  cost is $2,758.00 annually or $1379.00 per semester . For questions, please call 1.833.207.7430 or visit  University Health Plans  for details.
  • Third-Party Users: Access Your Workday Account
  • Third-Party Users: Managing Student Financials
  • Consider Storage Scholars for move-in : Move-in day is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be memorable and stress-free. Save yourself time and headaches by shipping items to our partners  Storage Scholars  over the summer. They will receive your student’s packages, notify you, and deliver everything to your student’s room before they arrive on campus, so you don’t have to lift a finger! Read more about  how to use Storage Scholars .

For students:

  • Writing Course Decision Tool  is due today
  • Login to  Workday  as soon as possible and complete your Onboarding tasks . You will not be able to register until you complete all onboarding tasks. Once all tasks are completed, your onboarding hold will be removed.
  • Instructions on how to complete student onboarding tasks can be found in  Onboarding Tasks for Undergraduate Students .

Thoughts on Course Registration

  • Registration for fall classes begins at your student’s assigned time — which is accessible in Workday — July 10-12  (while technically Registration week is July 8-12, most new students will register beginning July 10.) Your student may begin at their assigned registration time and continue until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12.
  • The Office of the University Registrar sent this  comprehensive message  out to students on June 25. Encourage your student to read it thoroughly and carefully.
  • Let your students take the lead  on researching classes to take, and what they sign up for.
  • Reminder: there is a  high-level overview video  on academic requirements we created for families (and students), just so you understand the basics.
  • If your student knows what they want to study but is not sure which class(es) to prioritize this fall,  Departmental Course Guides for New Deacs  can help.
  • Urge students to  use the resources from Wake Forest when they have questions or need help . Those Wake Forest staff have expertise and broad understanding of our requirements, which positions them to best assist our students.
  • Make sure your student is aware of the  Course Completion Checklist  and understands that they have options when it comes to completing divisional requirements.
  • There are also  ample academic resources on the New Students website  related to registration; urge your Deacs to read through all of the  Planning for Registration  information, as well as the  Class Registration page , which has  step by step registration instructions  (including where they see their registration day/time).
  • Help your student be open to alternatives : classes at a different day or time than they hoped, or with a different faculty member. Remind your student that every class they take —  even if it was not their first choice!  — will help advance them to the 120 hours they need to graduate.
  • Remind them to trust the process . Things have a way of working out in the end.
  • Know that there will be a drop/add period if your student wants to make changes to their Fall 2024 schedule : they can make adjustments to their Fall 2024 schedule during New Deac Week on August 23  after  consulting with their Lower Division Advisor during their individual advising meeting. At that time, your student’s advisor should remove the advising hold which will allow your student access to make adjustments to their course schedule.

Pre-Wall Street Track

  • Parents/families and students of the Class of 2028  are invited to attend an  information session on August 1 at 5 p.m. via Zoom  to learn more about the  Pre-Wall Street Career track . The track is open to first-year students interested in exploring a career in the financial industry.
  • The  Pre‐Wall Street Career Track provides early and focused professional preparation  for qualified Wake Forest  students intending to pursue careers in Investment Banking, Asset Management, Sales & Trading, and Private Equity  on a global basis.
  • Please join us by  registering for the Zoom call  to learn more about the opportunities via the track. The  session will be recorded  and provided upon request for families who cannot attend.
  • For questions or to request the recording, contact the Program Director, Marty Malloy, at  [email protected] .
  • Ensure your student has a plan to have a laptop , as they are  required . Visit  WakeWare , the student laptop program, to order a laptop.  WakeWare  is a robust student computing program that recommends highly configured, insured, and supported personal computing devices at a negotiated price for our undergraduate students.
  • WakeWare computers are insured  for four years with an extended warranty and  accidental damage protection . Students can call, email, chat, or stop by to work with one of our Service Desk Analysts at  The Bridge .
  • If your student’s WakeWare laptop is ever in need of repair , they can drop off their laptop at  The Bridge   Service Desk , conveniently located in the atrium of the ZSR Library, and one of our licensed technicians will handle their repair.
  • Students will be issued a loaner laptop  for the duration their WakeWare laptop is being repaired.
  • You can also see what the  BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)  requirements are if your student has a laptop they are considering bringing to campus.
  • Technology Grants  are awarded to incoming undergraduate students who receive need-based, merit, or athletic scholarship funds from Wake Forest during their first two years of enrollment. Students eligible to redeem a Technology Grant from the WakeWare Program Manager were notified in late May at their WFU email address.

Please continue reviewing all the sections of the New Families section of the New Students website

Keep checking the  New Students website  and the  New Families Checklist  is your go-to place for all the particulars of onboarding and preparing for your student’s start at college. We also recommend you review all the sections of the  Advice for Families page  if you have not already started.

Parting Thoughts

We’ll be back again on Tuesday with another update. Until then, if you missed anything, you can review our  archived weekly messages . With best wishes, Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94) Executive Director of Family Communications

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5 Things Wake Forest SPS Students Need to Know About Fall Registration

By: Steph Nagl

While summer mode is in full swing – vacations, days by the pool, shuffling kids from camp to camp, it’s also time to start looking ahead to the next semester at Wake Forest School of Professional Studies.

There is a lot to look forward to this fall, including the launch of two new programs – Master of Public Administration and Master of Enterprise Risk Management , a new makeover for the 

the Career Resource Hub in the Pearl Café, Wake360 (October 25th – 26th in Charlotte – more information coming soon!), and more. 

To prepare for the new semester, Wake Forest SPS students will need to register for fall courses. To make the process as easy as possible, here are five things you need to know about registration: 

1. Fall Registration Dates 

Fall registration opened June 11th. The last day to register for fall courses is August 26th. 

Some other important dates around the fall semester:

  • Friday, August 2nd – Orientation course for incoming fall students opens (we recommend completing this by August 26th).
  • Monday, September 2nd – Fall 1 courses begin
  • Wednesday, October 23 – Fall 1 ends
  • Monday, October 28th – Fall 2 begins
  • Wednesday, December 18 – Fall 2 ends 

Check out the Wake Forest SPS 2024-2025 Academic Calendar for more information regarding university holidays, breaks, and deadlines for adding/dropping courses.  

If you need to take a break from coursework for the semester or one mini-session, please contact your Student Success Manager.  

2. Meet the New System

In March of this year, Wake Forest University transitioned all student personal and academic information to Workday Student. For fall registration, Wake Forest SPS must register through Workday. This new system is a one-stop shop with user-friendly access to not only course registration but also academic history, enrollment verifications, and unofficial transcripts. 

Training documents and videos can be found on the Workday Student Support Site or OneWFU, the Wake Forest University comprehensive digital shop. .

3. How to Access Workday to Register 

Students can access Workday Student to begin the registration process through , or .

Here is a guide to help you navigate this new process (you must be logged into your email account to access it). 

4. Complete Onboarding Tasks FIRST 

After logging into Workday Student, check your Workday Inbox. 

There are several onboarding tasks that you will need to complete before you are permitted to register for classes. You will not be able to proceed with fall registration until these are done.  

5. How to Set Up Payment 

After July 5th, you will be able to pay bills or set up payment plans via Workday. 

Resources for this are available through Project WakeDay, including: 

  • How to manage bank account information and set up direct deposit
  • How to set up third-party access
  • How to view account charges and make payments
  • Understanding Workday Student Financials and Financial Aid

You will need to be logged into your email account to access these. 

Access and affordability is a core value of the Wake Forest SPS experience. For information about financial aid options, frequently asked questions, and cost of attendance information, please visit our Office of Financial Aid.  

If you have any questions or concerns about fall registration, please contact your Student Success Manager. 

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