Wake welcomes class of 2020

Students and parents move items into Luter Residence Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University on Friday, Aug. 26. This year WFU welcomes more than 1,300 freshmen.

Wake welcomes class of 2020
September 01
08:00 2016

Photo by Tevin Stinson



Wake Forest University welcomed a freshman class of more than 1,300 students during official move-in day on Friday, Aug. 26.

According to the university, the scores of new students who represent 45 different states and 24 countries, were selected from the largest applicant pool in school history. One of the fortunate students chosen to join the Demon Deacon family was Jordan Pizzaro from Pennsylvania. While waiting for help to move boxes and other items into her dorm, Pizzaro said after making the six-hour drive to Winston-Salem, she was excited to finally be on campus. She mentioned, “This is a day I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.”

Pizzaro, who plans to major in health and exercise science, said she decided to make Wake Forest her residence for the next four years because the campus felt like home when she visited earlier this year.

“It just felt right,” she said. “The sense of community is very strong here on campus and I felt that when I visited in the spring.”

Anna Gallegos from Georgia said the family atmosphere at Wake is what caught her attention as well.

The business major noted the campus has a big school vibe mixed with the intimacy of a smaller college. When told she was selected from largest applicant pool in school history that dates back to 1834, Gallegos said, “It feels awesome.

“I know it was a competitive applicant pool and to be selected from so many students is pretty cool.”

To help students and parents with the big move onto campus, student athletes woke up early to haul boxes and other items into dorm rooms. Before the start of classes, students participated in “New Deac Week,” an orientation designed to kick off the students’ journey as Demon Deacons. The official first day of class for students at Wake Forest was Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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