They came from across the country - and the globe - to descend upon South Forest in a sea of plastic bins, comforters and and unbridled enthusiasm.
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles ... welcome to the Forest. It wouldn't be the same without you.
When the newest Deacs arrived, they were greeted with big smiles and plenty of extra hands from the Wake Forest football team, faculty and staff.
New students gathered on The Quad for a formal welcome and a little inside information.
When the pins go on, so do the game faces. This just got real.
Knowing your way around campus is nice, but knowing the proper way to celebrate victory is nothing short of essential.
Students are introduced to the Office of Personal and Career Development, and take the first steps down their own path, together.
With several receptions for various student groups, new Deacs have a chance to unwind with friends, faculty and staff while learning a bit more about their new surroundings.
During Pros vs. Joes, new students mix it up with the best athletes, faculty and staff Wake Forest has to offer as a way to meet peers, make some memories and take home some glorious swag. (Photos by Mitchell Loll '18.)
Students join together with President Nathan O. Hatch, faculty and staff in Wait Chapel for a formal ceremony welcoming them to Wake Forest academics.
During a flash-forward experience, students capture their personal vision for where they'll be in four years, then seal it within a letter for their future selves.
New students get their hands dirty in the campus gardens, get to know their residence halls and even take in the view from the spire of Wait Chapel as part of pre-orientation events.
Pre-orientation programs welcomed a special guest in the form of a solar eclipse, and the memory-making machine rolled on with rock climbing, a Habitat for Humanity build and several other programs designed to make new students at home in the Forest.