First Year Resources

Before Classes Begin

  • Home Sweet Home
    • Regardless of whether your student is ready to start their college adventure, or a little nervous about what is ahead, it is a good idea to put those redecorating ideas on hold. Their room at home will be a comfort for them whenever they come back for a visit. Knowing that they have their old room at home will show them you, as parents, are excited for their next trip home!
  • Balancing the Budget
    • Helping your student come up with a budget before classes start is a great way to get their financial situation in order. Have them begin implementing that budget the summer before they come to Northwestern. There are many fun activities for your student to do on-campus, as well as in the Twin Cities area. Having a budget will allow your student to partake in as many of those activities as possible.
    • What should my student's budget consist of?
      • Now is a great time to discuss how much money your student will be putting toward their college education.
      • The University of Northwestern Financial Aid Office will be of great help when you discuss how payment plans will be made.
      • College is a great time for students to open up their own checking account. They can learn many valuable skills from online banking or keeping a ledger.
      • Talk with your student about possible job opportunities on or off-campus.
      • Students receive numerous credit card applications during the college years. Talk with your student about whether or not a credit card would be a good option for them.
      • Teaching your student how to shop for groceries will ensure they are selecting nutritious and affordable foods.
      • It is also never too early to teach your student the importance of tithing.
      • Many good programs are available online for students to use to create a good budget.
  • Healthy and Happy
    • Your student will have to adjust to a different lifestyle during their first few weeks of college. Before classes start, take time to talk with your student about how to stay healthy. Also, talk through what to do if your student does become sick while at school.
  • Safety First
    • It is important that both you as parents, and your student know what a safe campus we have here at Northwestern. The Public Safety webpage will give you some more information about general safety and parking on-campus. The webpage will also allow your student to get information regarding the campus shuttle service available for their use.
  • Hit the Books
    • The University of Northwestern Bookstore can help your student feel prepared coming into a new semester. Your student can order his or her books online and have them ready to pick-up during orientation, or the bookstore staff can help your find your books when you come to campus. There is also plenlty of eagle attire, school supplies, snacks, etc. to purchase in the bookstore.
  • Parent Orientation
    • This is your opportunity to learn more about Northwestern. It will expose you to many members of our faculty and staff through events, including our Welcome Session. Throughout the weekend, several informational meetings will provide you with important information for your family and your student. Saturday evening ends with two of out most beloved events, the Family Worship Service followed by Comedy and Chips. You will not want to miss any of these opportunities!

The First Month

  • Stay Connected
    • College is a brand new experience for your student. Sending them encouraging messages is a great way to help them through the first few weeks... actually, their whole college career! Ask your student how you as parents can be praying for them as well.
  • Get Involved
    • Encourage your student to take advantage of the many opportunties to get involved on-campus! Involvement is not only a great way to serve the Lord with the gifts and abilities He has given your student, but it is a way for your student to take a mental break from their busy class schedule.

End of the Semester

  • The end of the semester, as well as the end of the school year, is a great time to revisit some of these areas again.
  • Future Plans
    • Have a conversation with your student about their plans for the upcoming summer and the next school year. The summer is a great time for them to gain valuable internship or work experience. The Center for Calling and Career is a great resource for your student to use!