students welcoming onto campus


We are so excited for you to join our community! Whether you are a new student or transfer, living on campus or commuting from home, doing dual-enrollment or traditional courses – welcome home.

Welcome to New Student Orientation! 

New Student Orientation is August 23 – 27, 2024. The August 2024 orientation schedule will be published in early May.

You can view the 2023 schedule below, to see a preview of what orientation might look like this next year.

If you have any questions in the meantime, you can reach out to [email protected]. We are busy planning and getting ready for your arrival and can’t wait to welcome you to campus!

2023 Orientation Schedule

Time Event Location
8:00 a.m.–
2:00 p.m.
Resident Check-In
Student Information & Services
Move In
Billy Graham Community Life Commons
1:00 p.m.–
3:00 p.m.
Commuter Check-In
Student Information & Services
Billy Graham Community Life Commons
10:30 a.m.–
1:00 p.m.
Lunch available Off-Campus or BGCLC Main Dining
1:00 p.m.–
2:30 p.m.
Spring/Winter Sport Athlete Welcome Nazareth Great Room
3:00 p.m.–
3:45 p.m.
Welcome to Northwestern Knight Hall
3:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m.

Family Goodbye

Totino Patio
4:15 p.m.–
6:45 p.m.
Parent Orientation Knight Hall & Totino Lobby
4:15 p.m.–
5:15 p.m.
Student Leader Welcome Campus Green
5:15 p.m.–
6:30 p.m.
Student Dinner Campus Green
6:30 p.m.–
8:30 p.m.
Friday Night Kickoff Reynolds Field & Ericksen Gym
8:30 p.m.–
9:30 p.m.
Section Meetings Residence Halls
10:00 p.m.–
11:30 p.m.
After Hours – Games & Gym Ericksen Center

New Student Orientation Values

Get started. All new traditional students* are required to attend New Student Orientation on Friday, August 23 through Tuesday, August 27. We can’t wait to have you on campus and experience this incredible community for real!

Get support. We want you to feel welcomed, connected, and supported through your transition into college. All programming and events are created with this in mind for you, and we want you to feel free to ask us anything! We’re here for you.

Get connected. We’ll be hosting many different opportunities for you to meet and connect with other students, staff, and faculty before classes officially begin, and we highly encourage you to engage with all this entails during that time! You’ll also hear about ways to get involved all throughout the entire year.

*New Dual Enrollment On-Campus living in residences are also required – otherwise new Dual Enrollment On-Campus commuters only attend DE Orientation on Monday, August 20.

Before You Arrive

Make sure you complete your New Student Checklist. Most steps can be completed through your Admitted Student Portal. If you have questions about any of these steps, let your admission counselor know!

New Student Checklist

Open and Download

What to Bring

Open and Download

Expectations & Logistics

UNW New Student Orientation takes place Friday, August 23, through Tuesday, August 27, before classes begin on Wednesday, August 28. Plan accordingly! Plan family vacations, camp commitments, work schedules, etc. with this schedule in mind. All new on-campus students are expected to attend all of New Student Orientation.

Keep checking back for early arrival dates and information as we get closer to this summer. Otherwise, you will receive more specific arrival and orientation schedule details in July and August!


Contact [email protected]