Welcome Class of 2013

Law students volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity building site in downtown Winston-Salem on Wednesday as part of the law school’s orientation for new students.

About 1,210 freshmen, from 44 states and 19 foreign countries, are expected to move onto campus this week for the start of Orientation. After moving into their residence halls on August 20, freshmen will pick up their ThinkPad computers and begin orientation activities.

On Friday, August 21, new students and their parents are invited to New Student Convocation, followed by a picnic on Hearn Plaza. Friday afternoon, students and their parents are invited to a reception to meet President and Mrs. Hatch, administrators and faculty members. New students will also be meeting with their academic advisers and attending orientation activities, including one program, “Spirit of Wake “Forest,” to learn about University traditions, including the Lovefeast, Project Pumpkin and Springfest. Parents, meanwhile, can attend orientation sessions with faculty and administrators.

Orientation activities and academic advising programs for new students continue on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, M.A. Sanjayan, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, will speak to students about the challenges and opportunities related to environmental sustainability. Sunday night, freshmen will have dinner with their faculty or staff academic adviser and their upperclass student adviser, usually at their academic adviser’s home.

Freshmen register for fall semester classes on Aug. 24 and 25. Classes for all undergraduates begin on Aug. 26.

A number of new students arrived earlier in the week for various pre-orientation programs. About 110 freshmen participated in the Pre-School Program, held at Camp Hanes for the 53 year. About 40 new students volunteered for four days in Winston-Salem through the S.P.A.R.C. program, Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community, working at local agencies such as the Forsyth County Humane Society and delivering meals for Meals on Wheels.

Another 40 freshmen took part in a wilderness experience in the North Carolina mountains and on the North Carolina coast through a new program, Wilderness to Wake. And eight students began their Wake Forest experience at the University’s Flow House in Vienna, Austria, their home base for a week exploring museums and historical sites in Vienna.

Class of 2013 By the Numbers

  • 44: States represented
  • 19: Foreign countries represented
  • 25: Percent of new students from North Carolina
  • 38: Percent of new students that graduated within the top 5 percent of their high school classes; 75 percent graduated within the top 10 percent of their classes
  • 10: Percent that are first-generation college students
  • 38: Number of Valedictorians
  • 57: Number of Senior Class/Student Government Presidents

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