WFU Student Advising



Each year, incoming students are assigned both a lower-division faculty/staff advisor and student advisor (SA). In tandem, student advisors serve as a guide throughout orientation and the student’s first semester. SAs assist the lower-division advisor with individual and small group advising by offering insight on class selection, building a social network, and academic support services. They are trained to answer most general academic inquiries. Working closely with lower-division advisors and OAA, SAs support their peers in developing academic plans built on values, goals, and career aspirations.

Role of student advisers

The Selection Process…

Student Advisers are competitively selected through an application and interview process that occurs every fall.  Applications will be posted on this page. The Office of Academic Advising will review applications by assessing the student’s academic record (2.8 min GPA required) and inquire of any University sanctions. The student must remain in good statnding throughout spring training and the term of service.

Approved first time applicants will be contacted for a video interview. The video interview will be reviewed and discussed by the SA Leadership Council. Selected applicants are then scheduled for a group orientation to learn more and agree to the responsibilities. Student Advisers receive training and support to serve as peer leaders and academic guides for incoming students each fall.

**Returning SAs will be prompted for a mandatory reference check from their faculty/staff adviser pair and advisees once the application is complete. Speak with your Leadership Council representative for further details.

If you applied to be a Fall 2022 Student Adviser, you’ll receive a decision by the end of January via your WFU email. (Student Advisers cannot be abroad in Fall 2022, nor can they serve as Resident Advisers)

We are so excited to welcome Savant Patel (he/him/his) from Miami, Florida to the Student Advising Leadership Council. He chose Wake Forest because he wanted to be a part of the Work Forest culture. He likes to put himself in situations where he is challenged and gets to work hard to improve himself every single day. He also appreciates the campus resources that are in place to support him throughout his college career while he pursues a finance major with a computer science minor. During his time as a SA, he built meaningful relationships with his advisees and found a great sense of meaning in helping them. He is very excited about making a greater impact on advising as a member of SALC.

We are thrilled to welcome Natalia Drobnjak (she/her/hers) from Princeton, NJ to the Student Advising Leadership Council! It was easy for her to choose Wake because of the exciting school spirit, stunning campus, and rigorous academics. She is a declared Communication Major with History and Entrepreneurship Minors. She loves Student Advising because of the motivated and dedicated community it has fostered on campus. Student Advisers are energized by one another to make the transition into Wake Forest better each year for students, and the motivating factor is simply their love for Wake.

Student Advisers are a critical part of every first year student’s journey. If your Student Adviser made your transition to Wake Forest merry and bright, send some cheer their way! You can thank your SA at (2nd slider photo links to Google form)

Join us in welcoming Melissa Carver (she/her) from Roxboro, NC to the Student Advising Leadership Council. She chose Wake Forest for the community that was offered not only outside of the classroom but inside as well. It was such a welcoming atmosphere, and she couldn't imagine spending four years anywhere else. She is an intended accounting major with a minor in psychology. What she loves most about student advising is getting to help students out in areas where she felt lost her freshman year. Anything from dining to social life, she loves being able to help.

We couldn’t be more stoked to welcome Jessica Jordan (she/her), a junior from Richmond, Virginia, to SALC! She is double majoring in Finance & Spanish, and she transferred to Wake in Fall 2020 for the “work hard; play hard” environment. She is so glad to have found her home as a Deac. Her favorite part of Student Advising is getting to connect with new transfers, pay it forward by sharing her own knowledge and experiences, and welcome all of our new students. Go Deacs!

Today, we are super excited to welcome Jeannine Lynch (she/her) from Westchester, NY to the Student Advising Leadership Council! She chose Wake because it has the best of both worlds – football and a small student body where she could get to know her peers and have professors that not only know her by name, but want to hear about her passions and interests. She is a double major in Politics & International Affairs and Business & Enterprise Management, and she loves Student Advising because she gets to be one of the first upperclassmen new students meet. She appreciates having the opportunity to share insights from her time at Wake while getting to know all of the amazing new students joining our community!

Today we’re excited to welcome Geraldine Guzman (she/hers) to SALC for the first time! She is from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and she chose Wake because of the smaller class sizes and the bonds students are able to have with their professors. As soon as she visited, campus felt like a second home. She is a double major in Politics and International Affairs and Spanish with a minor in Psychology. Her favorite thing about Student Advising is helping the incoming freshmen adjust to college and being able to form those relationships with them throughout their first year.