The Fresh in the Forest Pre-Orientation program provides direct support to incoming first-generation college students and any other students who may be unfamiliar with the college environment and Wake Forest campus culture. Throughout the three-day pre-orientation program, students will explore Winston-Salem, build community with peers, and receive personalized engagement with valuable support services on campus. This program attempts to minimize institutional challenges for underrepresented student populations on campus.

During the pre-orientation, participants will be welcomed by current first-generation college students and university professional staff who are focused on supporting each participant’s transition to Wake Forest. Each student participant will connect with staff in the Office of Academic Advising (OAA), Global Programs & Studies (GPS), Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD), Learning Assistance Center (LAC), Office of Wellbeing, Counseling Center, and Z Smith Reynolds Library. These intentional collaborations will build social capital for each student and help to promote an inclusive environment for all students on campus.

In addition to facilitating important campus relationships, the Fresh in the Forest Pre-Orientation will also engage students with mentorship opportunities, team-building activities, and social outings. Through involvement in this program, students can build a greater sense of belonging on campus and feel empowered to reach their academic, personal, and professional goals.

Group Picture
New Wake Forest students in the First in the Forest pre-orientation program for first-generation college students.