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Deacon OneCard

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What is the Deacon OneCard?

The Deacon OneCard is the Wake Forest Student ID. It is also used for:

  • Identification
  • Library privileges
  • Keycard access to enter University buildings
  • Event admission
  • University cashless payment system
    • Meal Plan/Food Dollars
    • Deacon Dollars
    • Copying/printing

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What is the Meal Plan/Food Dollars?

All on-campus students are required to purchase a minimum meal plan based on their housing assignment. If a student who lives on-campus does not choose a meal plan, the minimum plan for the student’s housing assignment will automatically be billed to the student’s account. Meal plans are also available for students who live off campus.

A student’s meal plan consists of block meals used in the Fresh Food Company (also known as The Pit) or the Magnolia Room. Meals are tracked by swiping the Deacon OneCard.

Old Gold Swipes that can be used at certain retail food locations on campus for combo meals. A listing of locations can be found through the Wake Forest Dining Services website.

A declining balance fund called Food Dollars that allows students to make food purchases from any eatery on campus (except Campus Grounds). Food Dollars are equivalent to U.S. dollars. Food Dollars can only be used for food purchases. NOTE: Many students and parents prefer using Food Dollars to ensure funds are set aside specifically for food purchases.

Additional Food Dollars

At any time, additional Food Dollars may be added to a student’s Deacon OneCard if needed. Students who live off campus and do not wish to have a meal plan may also add Food Dollars to the Deacon OneCard. This can only be done through Wake Forest Dining Services. Charges for Food Dollars do not appear on student accounts.

Unused meals and Food Dollars within a meal plan carry over from week to week through the end of the spring. Food Dollars purchased outside of a meal plan roll over from year to year until a student graduates or leaves the University. At that time, unused Food Dollars are non-refundable.

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Meal plans are processed through Residence Life & Housing since they are packaged with housing assignments. Questions or requests to change plans should be directed to or (336) 758‑5185.

Student Financial Services cannot add or change meal plans or add Food Dollars to a student account.

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What are Deacon Dollars?

Deacon Dollars are a declining balance fund that can be used for both food and non-food purchases at most campus locations. Deacon Dollars are equivalent to U.S. dollars.

IMPORTANT: The Deacon OneCard is not an acceptable payment method for tuition, housing and meal plan charges.

Deacon Dollars are accepted for:

  • Food Purchases at all campus food/dining venues
  • Non-Food Purchases at the following locations:
    • Benson Copy Center & Ticket Office
    • Campus Barber Shop
    • Campus Recreation
    • College Bookstore
    • Deacon Shop
    • Scales Fine Arts Center (tickets)
    • Student Financial Services (fines)
    • Student Health Service
    • Wake Forest University Post Office
    • Z. Smith Reynolds Library (copying and printing)

Remember: Food Dollars are not accepted for non-food purchases.

Unused Deacon Dollars do not expire. They remain on the Deacon OneCard until depleted or until a student graduates or leaves the University. When a student graduates or leaves the University, remaining Deacon Dollars are transferred to the student’s account and any outstanding fees are deducted. Any remaining balance is refunded.

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How many Deacon Dollars are needed?

Although students will have different expenses, the University recommends that students place $1,000 per semester on their card for non-meal plan purchases. Below is an average breakdown of what a student might spend in Deacon Dollars.

Average Deacon Dollars Spent Per Semester

Textbooks$500
School supplies/study aids200
Health Services100
Student Union100
Miscellaneous (Copy Center, Event Tickets)100
TOTAL$1,000

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How do I add Deacon Dollars?

The easiest way to add Deacon Dollars is to include an amount for the semester at the time of tuition payment through the Deacon Electronic Account Center (DEAC).

If a student needs additional Deacon Dollars during a semester, this can be done:

  • Online through Wake Forest Dining Services; by calling Dining Services at (336) 758-5607 or (800) 528-5778; or by visiting the Wake Forest Dining Services Window on the first floor of Reynolda Hall beside The Pit Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Deacon Dollars added through Dining Services are available for use immediately.
  • Online through DEAC or by visiting the Student Financial Services Cashier in Reynolda Hall, Room 107, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.- to 4:30 p.m. EST. Deacon Dollars added through Student Financial Services are available for use the next business day.

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What is the cost of replacing a Deacon OneCard?

A fee is charged to replace a Deacon OneCard that is lost, stolen, damaged or malfunctioning. For more information, please click on the link below.

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