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New Student Days

We are so excited for you to join our community! Prepare for your transition to UNW before arriving in August.

Register for a New Student Day!

Join us for New Student Days! New Student Days are Northwestern’s “pre-Orientation” experience, where you can gather information and make connections before arriving at August Orientation. This event is your opportunity to meet other incoming students, plus professors and staff.

At New Student Days, you receive your student ID, tour a dorm and academic buildings, and finish any remaining steps for school in August. You will also connect with services like Housing, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and others.

We hope you leave New Student Days understanding all the ways Northwestern can support your new student experience. Our staff and community are excited to welcome you!

Student Visit Day
Dates and Registration

New Student Days will be offered four dates in 2024. Each event will include the same content. Students should register for one of the event dates below.

Register for a specific date and time using your Admitted Student Portal.

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New Student Day Dates
May 23, 2024 June 20, 2024
July 18, 2024 August 8, 2024
New Student Day Tracks
8:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.
10:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
12:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


All incoming students must attend a New Student Day experience.

Students who currently live more than four hours from UNW may request an exemption from an in-person New Student Day. Exempted students will be given access to a digital New Student Day experience when it becomes available in mid-July.

Email [email protected] with questions, or to request an exemption from in-person attendance.

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What to Expect

New Student Days have a full schedule, and we’re excited for you to sample campus life! You’ll receive a specific schedule when you check-in at the start of the event. Each New Student Day will include the following activities:

  • Information & services tables
  • Welcome from the President and VP of Student Experience
  • Panel featuring current students and faculty
  • Connection times for students and for parents
  • A provided lunch in our dining center
  • Tours of our dorms and academic campus
  • Social hour on the campus green
  • And more!

If you have questions about New Student Days or other Orientation events, please contact [email protected]. For other questions, let your Admissions Counselor know!

Orientation Dates
Football Athlete OrientationAugust 14
Fall Athlete OrientationAugust 15
Dual Enrollment OrientationAugust 20
Multicultural OrientationAugust 22
Student OrientationAugust 23 – 27
Fall Nursing OrientationAugust 28
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