There are a variety of programs that serve to maximize your Wake Forest experience. Our programs offer academic and social support to all first-generation college students.
We encourage all first-generation college students to take part in pre-orientation programs available at Wake Forest. For a complete list of programs, application deadlines, and addition details see their page here.
Each year we recruit about 10 mentors out of the sophomore class to reach out to and provide support for new first-year first-generation college students.
Campus Connection Chats
In the spring semester, students are invited to have lunch with a graduating senior or recent alum to learn from their experiences and discuss the meaning of being a first-generation college student at Wake Forest.
Dress & Dessert/Suits & Snacks Professional Development Workshops
In partnership with the Office of Personal and Career Development and the Women’s Center, sophomore and junior year first-gen students are invited to join us for en evening of professional development and career advice.
Students are invited to a series of workshops that reintroduce them to various resources and opportunities available to them. This includes an upperclassmen student panel about study abroad and internship experiences.
First in the Forest Graduation Pinning Ceremony
Students, their families, professors, and friends are invited to join in a celebration honoring our first-generation graduates. Typically, this event is held the day before commencement. During the ceremony, remarks are made and graduates are called to the stage by name to be presented with “First in the Forest Graduate” pins to wear in their gowns during commencement.