This message is distributed on behalf of Residence Life and Housing:
Wake Forest will welcome a new freshman class on Wednesday, August 21, when new student move-in begins at 8 a.m. For faculty and staff scheduled to be on campus that busy morning, the University has recommendations for where to enter campus and park.
On August 21, the University asks that faculty and staff enter campus through the Polo Road entrance. New students and their families will be encouraged to enter campus via the University Parkway and Reynolda Road entrances.
Traffic is expected throughout the day and will begin around 7 a.m. as families arrive for move-in. Due to the increased traffic, faculty and staff seeking to park on campus are encouraged to arrive on campus early. The Hearn Plaza lots will be available for faculty and staff parking. However, the University asks that faculty and staff avoid parking on South Campus (Lots E, F, G, and J) and in Lots Q and W1/W2 to allow parking for our new students and their families.
Faculty and staff may park in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road. A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The University will be operating an on-call demand shuttle service on Wednesday, August 21. Operating hours are from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. To request a ride, call 336-283-1091. The Wake Downtown shuttle will not begin operating until 1 p.m. on August 21. Any special transportation needs can be accommodated by using the on-call demand service.
Additionally, the University will welcome back returning students Friday thru Sunday, August 23-25. Parking for faculty/staff in the Hearn Plaza lots (Lots A, B, C, M, N, P) will be limited due to move-in. Additionally, faculty and staff are encouraged to avoid Lots Q, R and Z to allow our returning students a smooth move-in.
For Friday, August 23, additional parking for faculty and staff will be available in the lots on either side of Long Drive, near Winston-Salem First Church and Polo Road. A shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from those lots and campus from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
To aid with traffic management, the University asks that departments instruct vendors to assist by not delivering to campus until after noon on August 21; vendors are asked to park only in designated parking spaces and to remove their own trash from campus. Delivery vehicles larger than a box truck should not plan to enter campus on August 21 due to limited parking and increased traffic. Deliveries taking place on August 23 thru 25 should expect slower travel due to limited parking and increased traffic as well.
The University is committed to making the move-in experience the best possible time for our students and their families, and as convenient as possible for faculty and staff. Thank you in advance for your assistance and flexibility as we welcome the newest Demon Deacons to campus!