Wilderness To Wake

August 12-17, 2022

There is no better way to enter your college experience at Wake Forest University than  Wilderness to Wake! This Pre-Orientation program offers a 5-day adventure including activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, caving, biking and whitewater rafting.

You will explore gorgeous backcountry areas, develop leadership skills, and gain confidence as you begin your Wake Forest experience. Expect to build lasting relationships with other incoming Freshmen, and gain early insight into Wake Forest life from your highly-trained student leaders.  Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime – join Outdoor Pursuits for Wilderness to Wake!

Wilderness to Wake has two paths: W2W Base Camp is focused around a day trip adventures that return each evening to a “front country” campsite, which will have plumbing facilities accessible. W2W Expedition is focused on a traditional “backcountry” experience, where signs of civilization are few and the challenges are high as you travel through rugged terrain. Both paths of the Wilderness to Wake program engage in evening programs and discussions developed to aid in the transition to Wake Forest University.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Please contact Meghan Belanger (belangm@nullwfu.edu) for more information.

Wilderness to Wake

  • Interest Form

    Wilderness to Wake Interest Form

    If you are interested in staying up to date on Wilderness to Wake announcements or have questions about the program, please click here to access our interest form.

  • Medical Form

    Outdoor Pursuits Medical Form

    Please click here to access the medical information form to be submitted with your application.

  • For Accepted Students

    For Accepted Applicants:

    Check your WFU email for updated information regarding w2w, including payment deadlines and packing lists.

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