New Student Checklist

Congratulations on your admission!

Are you wondering what to do next to prepare for your enrollment at the School of Divinity and your relocation to Winston-Salem?  It is all exciting, but can also be overwhelming. Below is a list that will be helpful to you.  Please complete all items by the indicated deadline. Some items will be updated, so check back to make sure you’re all set. As always, do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services with any questions!

last update: July 26, 2017

Accepting Your Admission, Scholarship Offer, and Paying Your Deposit

After you review your admission decision online, you will receive a hard copy decision letter in the mail.

Shortly thereafter, you will also be mailed a scholarship offer. Your deadline to respond to our offer of admission and scholarship will be stated in your scholarship offer letter.


Paying Your Deposit

The admission deposit is due by the date indicated in your admissions letter. If you’d like to request additional time to make your decision, please let us know.

Your $150.00 admissions deposit can be paid online by following these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Guest Login on the lower right hand side of the Student Financial Services webpage.
  3. Enter your student ID number in the text field beneath the question, “How do I pay towards an account as a guest payer?” Don’t know your student ID number? Give us a call at 336.758.3748.
  4. On the next screen, your name should appear in the upper left corner. Under the “Account” table, select Pay beside WFU Tuition Deposit.
  5. On the next screen, ensure the appropriate term is selected (Fall 2016, Spring 2017,etc.) is chosen as the term; enter $150.00 as the payment amount; and click Continue.
  6. Enter your checking account information; click Continue and following the steps to confirm and submit your tuition deposit payment.

You can also send your admissions deposit via check or money order to:

Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Office of Admissions and Student Services
P.O. Box 7719
Winston-Salem, NC  27109


Scholarship Offers

Scholarship award notifications will be mailed in early March. Please complete the response form enclosed with your offer and return it to the Office of Admissions and Student Services no later than the date indicated in the letter. If you’d like to request additional time to make your decision, please let us know.

You can also complete a version of the response form online.

The form can also be returned to us:

  1. Email: complete, scan as a PDF, and email as an attachment (
  2. Fax: complete and fax it to 336.758.3225
  3. Snail Mail: complete and mail to:

Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Office of Admissions and Student Services
P.O. Box 7719
Winston-Salem, NC  27109

Send Provisional Items Related to Your Admission

If you are a recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program, and if you have not sent the Office of Admissions and Student Services a final, complete transcript from your previous institution indicating your final GPA and graduation date, please do so by:

Fall Admission: August 1

Spring Admission: January 5

Note: The transcript must show the conferral of your received degree(s). Remember to allow sufficient time for your school’s registrar’s office to record degree conferral before requesting final transcripts.

You have already been admitted to the School of Divinity, so this transcript will not change or alter your status in any way. The Admissions Office simply needs a final transcript to indicate that you have completed your previous program.

Also, if you have provided unofficial copies of a final transcript, you will need to have official copies sent directly from the school by:

Fall Admission: August 1

Spring Admission: January 5

Details of what provisional items are required from you are outlined in your admissions decision letter received in the mail and on your online application checklist.

All provisional documents can be sent to:

Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Office of Admissions and Student Services
P.O. Box 7719
Winston-Salem, NC  27109

Join the Conversation on Social Media

The Admissions Office and Student Orientation Team will use this Admitted Student Group on Facebook to connect you with resources and information you’ll need for the transition to Winston-Salem and Wake Forest, and you can use this page to connect with future classmates. Let the conversation begin!

You’re also invited to use #wakediv2020 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Start sharing your excitement about this next step!

Complete the Mandatory Criminal Background Check

Wake Forest University School of Divinity is committed to providing a safe and healthy educational environment for all individuals.  In an effort to fulfill this commitment, matriculation at the School of Divinity will be contingent upon the applicant’s successful completion of a criminal background check. The purpose of a criminal background check is to identify incidents of sexual misconduct and abusive or inappropriate behavior which may impact safe and healthy interactions with various constituencies.

The School of Divinity recognizes that people come to the attention of criminal justice systems for a variety of reasons. Accordingly, no charges or past offense necessarily disqualifies an applicant. Information resulting from the criminal background check will be maintained confidentially and will be disclosed to individuals on a need to know basis only or as required or permitted by law. Failure to comply with the criminal background check will result in the revocation of the offer of admission.

All new students are required to submit to a criminal background check by:

Fall Admission: July 15

Spring Admission: January 5

It’s easy! Complete the online process through Viewpoint Screening. Students will pay $16 for the background check.

>> Click here to order your criminal background check.

For detailed information, follow these instructions. If you encounter any issues while completing your order, the Viewpoint interface offers a live online chat support option (located in the lower right hand corner of your browser window).

Want to view your results?

Return to the background check main page and click View Your Results. You will then be prompted to login with the email address and password used when you ordered your background check.

Registration for Courses

As an entering student, you will be provided with a registration guide outlining all essential information related to registering for your first semester courses: including step-by-step instructions, and a sample course schedule and course descriptions.

Fall Preregistration: Monday, July 24 – Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Once you arrive for Orientation, you will meet with your adviser to discuss your semester schedule and make any last minute adjustments.

You can view course listings and new course descriptions on the Academic Resources page for students.


  • First year students cannot enroll in Ministry of Pastoral Care or Homiletics.

  • Students interested in the Religious Leadership in Food, Health, and Ecology concentrations are encouraged to enroll in the required gateway course.


MDiv Program Requirements

The 78-credit hour requirements for the MDiv program are outlined here.

Claim Your DeacNet Account (Email, Self-Service Account, etc.)

WFU Information Systems provides you a way to claim, setup, and confirm your Deacnet Account electronically. Your Deacnet username and password is your gateway to all campus electronic resources like your WFU Google Mail, WIN (Wake Information Network), DEAC (Deacon Electronic Account Center), Research Databases through the ZSR Library, etc.

After your deposit has been received, you will receive an email notification to the email address provided on your admissions application with instructions on claiming your Deacnet Account online. Please follow all instructions and complete each step required in order to setup your WFU username and password. Please make note of the your username, password, and other pertinent information before completing the account claim process.

A Note About Your WFU Email

Make sure that you check your WFU email account on a weekly basis. University Financial Aid and other offices will begin sending information to you. It’s simple! Go to and log in using your Deacnet username and password.

Have a Problem After You’ve Claimed and Setup Your Account?

If you encounter any problems with your Wake Forest username and password, please contact The Bridge (Information Systems Support Desk) at 336.758.4357.

Update Your Contact Information

If you have recently moved the Office of Admissions and Student Services needs to know how to be in touch with you! If you haven’t already done so, update our office with your new address, email address, phone number, etc., by sending a quick email to

Complete Your Financial Aid Package Needs

Reviewing Your Financial Aid Package

You will receive a hard copy letter in the mail outlining the details of your financial aid package, including institutional scholarships and any federal aid you are eligible for (loans and/or work-study).

After you have claimed your Deacnet account, please review your Financial Aid Award through the Wake Information Network (WIN).  All institutional, federal, and outside aid will be listed under the Virtual Campus section of WIN.  You will receive an email to your Wake Forest email account with detailed instructions on how to view and accept your aid.  You will not be able to review your aid package until you receive this email. All incoming students should be able to review their financial aid by May 1 (Fall admission) and January 1 (Spring admission). Please review all requirements and messages to ensure that your aid will disburse at the start of the semester.  If you plan on borrowing through the Federal Stafford loan program, you may complete the federal entrance counseling and Master Promissory Note for the loan at any time on  If you have any questions or concerns about your financial aid award, please contact Tom Benza, Associate Director of Financial Aid.

Complete Your FAFSA

If you have not already done so, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) immediately. This will ensure that any federal aid you are eligible for is made available for you. The School of Divinity’s school code for the FAFSA is E000429.

In-School Deferment of Previous Loans

Wake Forest University sends a monthly enrollment verification report to the National Student Loan Database Service (NSLDS).  Student loan lenders, both federal and direct, use NSLDS to update a student’s enrollment status and confirm eligibility for in-school loan deferment. WFU can not send this report until the week after the first day of classes.  Once this report is sent, lenders will automatically update eligible student loans into a deferment status. Keep track of your loan to ensure your enrollment status is properly reflected with your lender and to ensure you do not miss any payments should your loan enter repayment status before the NSLDS report is received.

Outside Aid Resources

The School of Divinity is dedicated to helping students find resources from outside organizations and agencies to help further offset the cost of tuition. We have created a helpful list of awards with essential details, including deadlines, web links, and contact information.  You will need to apply for such funds directly to the agencies involved unless directed otherwise.

**If you are receiving outside aid from a denominational office, scholarship agency, organization, or donation, please notify Tom Benza. In your correspondence please include your full name, student ID number, amount of award, who the award is from, and when our office should expect to receive the funds.

Your Student Financial Account: Payment Plan, Billing, and Refunds

Monthly Payment Plans

Wake Forest University offers students the opportunity to participate in an interest-free, monthly payment plan through FACTS Tuition Management. It is not a loan and no credit check is required. For more information on how to enroll and how the payment plan works, click here.


Student Financial Services uses DEAC (Deacon Electronic Account Center) as  an electronic billing system that allows students and authorized payers to view student financial account activity in real-time, 24/7. Payments can be made via e-check through an Authorized Clearinghouse (ACH).

You can access your DEAC accounts by logging into the Wake Information Network (WIN) and clicking on Online Bills. Information about how to read your bill can be found here.

Any financial aid received (federal loans, work-study, your School of Divinity Scholarship, and any other outside aid) will be applied. If there is a balance left over, you will be eligible to receive a student account refund. If there is a balance due, you will be expected to pay the balance in full using one of the approved payment methods or by setting up a payment plan (see information above.)


Adjustments to charges, prepayments, financial aid disbursements and overpayments often result in credit balances on student accounts. A credit balance is indicated on the student account by parentheses ( ) surrounding the balance of your account in DEAC.

Student account refunds are now available via direct deposit. For complete details on the refund process, please review the information on the Student Financial Services website.

To sign up for Direct Deposited Refunds:

Wake Forest encourages students to utilize direct deposit. This will provide students with a convenient and secure way to access their funds faster.

Direct Deposit in 3 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Sign into WIN, click on the Personal Tab, then Online Bills, then Direct Deposit Authorization & Maintenance.

Step 2: Enter your banking information under the ‘Accounts Payable Payments’ section of the form for reimbursements and student refunds and the “Payroll” section for student employment.

Step 3: Read the “Conditions Section” and click on “Submit Direct Deposit Information”. You will get a confirmation message that your information has been accepted.  (You must click on submit in order to be enrolled for direct deposit)

Important Additional Information  

  • If you do not enroll in direct deposit, then your reimbursements and/or student account refund will be mailed to their primary residence in the form of a paper check. Student Financial Services will no longer disburse paper student refund checks from their office in Reynolda Hall. All expense reimbursements and/or student refunds will either be direct deposited or sent to the student’s primary address in the form of a paper check.
  • If you elect to receive a paper check, please sure that your primary address is correct with the Admissions Office.
  • A payment advice (a description of the payment processed) will be delivered to your primary WFU email address.  This will allow you to save your payment advice electronically. The advice is to inform you that WFU has processed your payment and not that the funds have actually been deposited into their banking institution.
  • After WFU processes the reimbursement, direct deposits can take up to two business days to be delivered to banking institutions based on individual bank processes.
  • You verify that the payment has been deposited into your bank account prior to relying on those funds for withdrawal.
  • If your banking account information changes at any time, go to WIN and make any necessary changes immediately.
Enroll In or Waive Required Student Health Insurance

At this time, an insurance charge has been added to the student account for the WFU Student Insurance Program (SIP) in the amount of $1,275 for the fall 2016 semester. This charge appears on the account as Health Insurance Premium.


Health insurance is required as a condition of enrollment for degree-seeking domestic graduate student at the School of Divinity and all international students with F or J visas (full information regarding eligibility can be found on the FAQ page).

Students who demonstrate coverage that meets the criteria may waive the insurance provided by WFU. Information on the waiver process can be found on the Enrollment/Waivers page. If you do not complete a waiver, you will automatically be enrolled in and billed for the Wake Forest University Student Insurance Program.

The annual cost of coverage is based on the age of the student. For complete details, visit the Student Insurance Program Facts page or watch the video about the insurance overview.

2017-18 Premium

The annual rate is $2,710, or $1,355 per semester.

Dependent care coverage is not available.

2017-18 Benefits Plan

$200 Deductible
$5000 Maximum out of Pocket 
$200 ER Co-Pay 
Rx Co-Pays: $25/$40/$45


INTEND TO ENROLL? Please enroll at this time at the Student Blue homepage, select Enrollment > Enroll Now, and create a Student Blue account to continue. Failure to enroll online will delay activation of your coverage and receipt of ID cards until after the August 1 deadline. Merely paying your student bill with the insurance charge DOES NOT automatically activate your SIP coverage. If your are a current member of the Student Blue plan and wish to continue coverage for 2016-2017, you will need to visit the website and actively enroll for the new benefits year, as your coverage will not automatically continue.Once enrollment is submitted online, BCBSNC will send an email confirming the receipt of your information and enrollment election, as the Student Blue plan is administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Further information regarding the plan benefits may be found at or on the SIP website at The plan benefits year is 8/1/16 – 7/31/17.


INTEND TO WAIVE? Please do so at this time by visiting From the Student Blue homepage, select Waiver > Request a Waiver, and create a Student Blue account to continue. You will need your current insurance ID card handy along with your Student ID to complete the waiver. Once you complete the waiver application online, BCBSNC will send an email confirming the receipt of your waiver application. Please note that this email is only confirmation of the receipt of your insurance information, and the waiver request may be subject to further review to ensure compliance with the University criteria. If at any time the waiver information is found to be invalid, the waiver can be denied. In order to receive a credit for the health insurance premium on the student account, a waiver must be submitted, and a credit to the student account can be expected within 3-5 business days of submission.

August 1 Deadline

Enrollment or waiver must be completed online by August 1st at 5:00 p.m. for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please note that the election made at this time will remain in place for the entire academic year.

Should you have questions or comments, please contact our Student Insurance Program staff at or (336) 758-4247.

Of Note

The School of Divinity is not associated with nor do we endorse a particular insurance plan. The Wake Forest University Student Insurance Plan is one option you may choose from. The annual cost of coverage is based on the age of the student. You can also review information from Guidestone Insurance Plans. They have asked that we share this information as a possible alternative for you to consider.



Wellness Fee

Beginning Fall 2017, a wellness fee of $300 will be charged to all student accounts. This wellness fee grants access to campus wellness, recreation, and fitness facilities, equipment, and programs. Each semester’s charge ($150) will support the overall operation of the state-of-the-art wellbeing center facilities. Graduate students may opt out to have the fee waived online through the Wake Information Network (WIN). Graduate students who elect to opt out of the wellness fee will not have access to campus wellness, recreation and fitness facilities, equipment and related programs, such as intramurals and club sports. If you opt out and change your mind at a later date, you can obtain a membership fee on a month-to-month basis at a fee of $30/month.

The opt out period will be available:

Fall Admission: June 1 – August 31

Spring Admission: November 1 – January 15



Why is Wake Forest implementing a $150/semester wellness fee for the first time in Fall 2017?
Doing so will support the overall operation of Reynolds Gym as a state-of- the-art wellbeing center when it reopens this fall. This includes expanded operating hours, upgraded equipment, programming, expanded fitness classes and more. Most of our peer and fellow ACC member institutions implemented recreation fees years ago.

Is the wellness center membership required for all students?
The wellness center membership is included in the total cost of attendance for all undergraduate students. Full-time Reynolda Campus graduate and professional school students who choose not to use the facilities may opt out; others may have the option to purchase a membership through Campus Recreation.

Who may obtain a wellness center membership and how much is it?
Graduate and Professional School Students – A $150 per semester fee will appear on the student account of all full-time, Reynolda Campus graduate students. Graduate students may opt to have the fee waived online through the Wake Information System (WIN). Graduate students who elect to opt out of the wellness fee will not have access to campus wellness, recreation and fitness facilities, equipment and related programs, such as intramurals and club sports.

What is the difference in the student activity fee and wellness fee?
The activity fee supports campus-wide social, recreational and community-building activities. The wellness fee will help support the overall operation of a state-of- the-art wellbeing center, which includes expanded operating hours, upgraded equipment, programming, expanded fitness classes and more.

Why is a wellness center membership required for participation intramural sports, which require additional fees?
The wellness center membership is more than a gym membership. It grants students access to all recreation and fitness facilities and programs, including intramurals and club sports.  It would not be equitable to require it for indoor basketball and not for outdoor soccer.

What if graduate and professional school students who opt out change their mind and want a wellness center membership?
They may obtain a membership fee through Campus Recreation, but the annual cost of the month-to-month membership fee ($30/month) will be higher than the student semester fee.

Find Housing and Connect with Potential Roommates

The Wake Forest University School of Divinity would like to help you in your efforts in finding affordable housing and roommates. While we cannot provide a roommate or housing matching service, we would like to provide you a forum through which you can match yourselves to your peers.

If you desire to participate in the roommate and housing search list, please fill completing the Roommate and Housing Search Form. Once you complete the form, you’ll receive an email from the Office of Admissions and Student Services with a link to a private webpage that includes the information of those who have completed this form. You will want to keep the web address saved so that you can revisit the list; it will be updated as responses are received throughout the spring and summer.

Roommate and Housing Search Form

The Office of Admissions and Student Services has also put together a a quick resource listing information about apartment complexes current students suggest for housing, several of which are located on the University’s shuttle lines.

Housing Resource and Guide

Complete Student Health Services History and Immunization Form

Shots and Immunizations (Student Health Services)

North Carolina State law (G.S. 130A-152) requires documentation of certain immunizations for students attending a North Carolina college or university.  Student must submit certification of these immunizations by:

Fall Admission: July 1 1

Spring Admission: January 5


What do I need to submit?

Documentation should be on or attached to the completed form linked below in order to assure correct identification of the student:

WFU Student Health Information Summary and Immunization Form

Note: The physical is recommended, but not required. However, all Divinity students must submit an official immunization record.

Acceptable documentation is a statement signed by the appropriate official(s) having custody of the records of immunization, such as a physician, county health department director or a certificate from a student’s undergraduate school containing the approved dates of immunizations.

Required Immunizations:

  1. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis  Students must document three doses of a combined tetanus diphtheria vaccine (DTaP, Td, or Tdap) of which one must be within ten years of enrollment and one of which must have been Tdap.
  2. Rubeola (Measles).  Students must document two doses of live virus measles vaccine given at least 30 days apart, on or after their first birthday unless (a) they have a physician’s certificate which states that they have had measles prior to January 1, 1994, (b) they were born prior to 1/1/57, or (c) they have documentation of a titer indicating they are immune.
  3. Rubella (German measles).  Students must document that they have had one dose of live virus vaccine on or after their first birthday unless (a) they have documentation of a titer indicating they are immune, or (b) they will be fifty years old before they enroll.  History of the disease is not acceptable.
  4. Mumps  Students must document two doses of live virus mumps vaccine given at least 30 days apart, on or after their first birthday unless (a) they were born before 1/1/57 or (b) they have documentation of a titer indicating they are immune.  History of the disease is not acceptable.
  5. Polio.  Students must document that they have had a trivalent polio vaccine series and a booster on or after their fourth birthday unless they will be eighteen years old or older when they enroll.
  6. Hepatitis B  Three-dose series required if born on or after July 1, 1994.  Recommended for all students.
  7. Tuberculin skin test is required within twelve months of the University registration date for (a) students who may have been exposed to tuberculosis or has signs or symptoms of active tuberculosis disease or (b) students whose home country is other thanUnited States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Western Europe or Japan.  If the student is known to be tuberculin-positive or if this test is positive, attach the chest x-ray results and record of treatment.

If you have questions or need more information, click here.

The completed form and required documentation can be sent to:

Wake Forest University Student Health Service
P.O. Box 7386
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Want to know if you’ve submitted all appropriate information?

Log on to the student health portal at by clicking the Student Health Portal link in the left hand menu. Log on with your DeacNet username and password. You will then be able to check your compliance or to see what it is that you are missing.

Register for Parking and Shuttle Information

Any student who wishes to park a vehicle on a university parking lot at any time of day or night – including after 4:00 p.m. weekdays, on weekends, during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays, and during break – must register that vehicle with Transportation and Parking Services.

Commuting student vehicle registration begins Tuesday, August 8 at 10:00 a.m.

Go on-line at to register your vehicle. This website is also a great place to find information about parking during certain events like Thanksgiving, Winter Break or Spring Break.

Do not create a guest account. Doing so will prevent you from purchasing a permit. If you have already created a guest account, please contact Transportation and Parking Services before August 1.

First year graduate students do not have the option for on-campus permits.

2017/2018 Commuter Student Parking Options:

  • Commuter Student On-Campus Permits – $525
    • Limited availability sold on a first come, first serve basis. See Waitlist Below
  • Commuter Student Off-Campus Permits
    • Limited availability sold on a first come, first serve basis. See Waitlist Below
    • First Assembly of God Church parking lots and designated area of Reynolda Village – $315
    • University Corporate Center Satellite (UCC) – $75
    • Shuttle service is provided to both the church and UCC lots. See link for schedules:
  • If you select an Off-Campus Church or UCC permit, you can bring your vehicle on campus after 4:00 p.m. weekdays and on weekends and park in any general and non-reserved spaces on campus. Additionally, you are authorized to use 15 and 30 minute spaces weekdays between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for quick errands on campus. Exceeding these time limits will result in a citation.


  • Should on-campus commuter or off-campus church permits be sold out, you have the option to sign up on a waitlist for these permits. If space becomes available, additional permits may be offered to those on the waitlist, if your waitlist number is chosen.
  • Signing up on the waitlist does not guarantee receiving an on-campus parking permit. If on-campus permits are sold out, you should order either the Off-Campus permits to park at the First Assembly of God Church/Reynolda Village or Satellite permits to park at UCC. Both of these permits allow you to park on-campus in general or “non-reserved” spaces or lots from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m., Monday- Friday and all day on weekends. Parking on WFU property without displaying a valid permit (day or night) can result in citations.

Special Notes

  • Students that purchase a permit and will be going abroad or graduating in the spring must return the permit by December 21, to receive a partial refund (1/2 the purchase price).
  • Shuttle/bicycle riders or walkers who would like to park on campus after 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday and all day on weekends, should purchase the UCC permit to avoid citations. You must be registered to park on WFU property, day or night. Avoid reserved spaces and lots, as the rules are enforced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Permit Distribution Information

Permits ordered on or before August 22, 2017:

  • Pickup Date: Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27
  • Pick-up time – 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Alumni Hall, Room 166

Permits ordered after August 22 or you did not pick up permits in Alumni Hall on above dates:

  • Pickup Time: Mon. through Thurs. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: Transportation and Parking Services Office in Alumni Hall, Room 138. Expect long lines and delays for distribution at this location. Your Wake Forest ID is required to pick up your permit.

Applying Your Permits to Your Vehicle

Place both permits on your vehicle immediately after picking them up! Only park where the permit your ordered allows.

Contact Parking & Transportation

Phone: 336-758-PARK
Location: Alumni Hall, Suite 138
Lobby hours: Mon. through Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Because of the high volume of calls we expect, if you cannot speak to someone, please leave a detailed message with your question/concern, name, WFUID number and a contact number to call you back. We will return the call as soon as possible.

Ride the Wake and Safe Ride/On Call Services

Ride the Wake is a system of complimentary shuttles available to the Wake Forest University community. Find schedules, get questions answered, and learn more about Ride the Wake and how it can help your travels to and from campus. You can also download the TransLoc Rider app, which offers real time tracking of all shuttles and their expected arrival times at stops.

In addition, the app offers enhanced Safe Ride/OnCall service.  Instead of calling for such service, a rider can arrange to be picked up through the app.  Safe Ride/OnCall service is available every day from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. The Safe Ride/OnCall app can also be accessed from the University’s LiveSafe app.

To become quickly familiar with the easy-to-use app, Parking and Transportation recommends how-to guides on shuttle tracking and the Safe Ride/OnCall service.

Note: The TransLoc Rider app replaces the Ride the Wake app that has been associated with Wake Forest’s shuttle system for years.  Parking and Transportation asks that shuttle riders drop use of the old app now in favor of using the new one.

Your Student ID (Deacon OneCard)

onecardThe Deacon OneCard is the official Wake Forest University identification card used by all faculty, staff and students. The Deacon OneCard has many functions including identification, library privileges, Deacon OneCard account access, card access and event admission on campus.

In order to receive your ID card during Orientation, please upload a photo (by clicking Student Card Replacement and Photo Upload (WFU Students Only)) for your ID no later than:

Fall Admission: July 15

Spring Admission: January 5

You can log in using your Deacnet username and password, find the “Photo Submission” section and click New.

Head-shots are preferable. Do not submit a photo in which you are wearing a hat or sunglasses. You should be the only person in the photo. Any necessary adjustments (e.g., cropping) must be made on your computer before you upload the photo.

Note: IDs will be distributed at Orientation.

Connect with the Learning Assistance Center (if necessary)

The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) provides study skills training and counseling.  Students can learn to read critically, take notes effectively, manage their time, improve their motivation, increase their reading speed, and prepare for tests.

Assistance is provided through counseling and individual and group tutoring.

Students with a wide range of learning and other documented disabilities may also receive academic support, training, and advocacy through the Learning Assistance Center.

Find a Place to Worship

Finding a faith community to join during your journey at the School of Divinity is important, not only for support, but for spiritual growth and community involvement. To help you find a church, we’ve put together a Worship Opportunities Resource Guide with local churches suggested by current students – view it here.

Complete the Entering Student Questionnaire

As you prepare for Orientation, we will ask that you take a brief, yet important survey about your motivations for entering seminary at Wake Forest and your vocational aspirations called the Entering Student Questionnaire (ESQ).

To make orientation check-in easier for you, ENTER YOUR NAME on the survey (DO NOT leave blank) and complete the survey August 15.

Important Survey Notes

  • Upon completing the survey, don’t worry if you do not have a 100% completion rate. Most students average between 85-95% completion rate. Some questions are dynamic and only populate depending on your response to a previous question. However, do make sure you get to the submission screen for closing out the survey.
  • This survey is not mobile-friendly. A laptop or desktop computer is required to complete the questionnaire.  At this time, the ESQ cannot be fully accessed on a smartphone or tablet device.

» Complete the ESQ now.

Note for Spring Admission

  • Spring admits will take the ESQ in the fall after their admission. You will receive an email request from the Office of Admissions and Student Services.

Need Help?

Consult this resource guide.


More information about the survey:
Every year the Association of Theological Schools (the School of Divinity accrediting agency) surveys entering seminary students around the country. They collect demographic and financial information about students and inquire about motivations for entering seminary and professional aspirations. Data generated from these responses are helpful to academic deans, student services and admissions offices, and faculty.

Plagiarism Quiz

This quiz is designed to challenge your understanding of plagiarism and the ethical use of sources in academic writing. You will see ten samples of source material and ten corresponding examples of student writing. It is up to you to determine if the student has used each source responsibly. At the end of the exercise, you will be asked to list three best practices for using sources responsibly. These rules and your results must be shared using the “Share Your Results” dialogue box with Susan Robinson, Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs, by email:, before the first day of Orientation.

Honor Code

All students are required to read the Graduate Student Academic Honor Code and sign a statement to acknowledge s/he has done so. Please read the honor code and print this form, sign it, and bring with you to check-in at Orientation.

Attend New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is scheduled for:

Fall Admission: Wednesday, August 16 – Friday, August 18, 2017

Spring Admission: TBA

You’ll receive helpful introductions to the MDiv program, as well as to the communities of Wake Div, Wake Forest University, and Winston-Salem.