Parent Orientation

Welcome to Northwestern! Our desire is to connect your home to ours as you launch your child into college life. We know that this time is a big deal, and this year there are added elements that none of us have ever experienced, but the university has been carefully planning every aspect of enrollment, academics, student life, and campus operations to ensure a safe and healthy community for students, faculty and staff.


Parent Orientation

Welcome New Families

We are excited for your arrival on campus! We want to provide you and your student the support and resources you need for a seamless transition to life at Northwestern.

We know that this time is an important milestone in their life. As your student transitions to life at UNW, we want to extend a warm welcome to the Northwestern community. As we walk this journey with your student together, we want you to know that we are here to equip, serve, and encourage you.

During Orientation—and throughout the year—the Parent Engagement Team is here to support you. Please contact us anytime!

We also offer a monthly parent e-newsletter. Sign up to receive the newsletter. It is a our way to stay connected and keep our parents informed. We also offer helpful parent blogsresourcesFAQ’s and host Moms in Prayer. We look forward to meeting and supporting you in your Northwestern journey.

Parent Orientation Events

Friday, August 25, 2023
8:00 a.m.–
2:00 p.m.
Resident Check-In & Student ServicesDuring this time, you and your student can visit various service areas, and pick up room keys, Student ID, and other items. You will also have ample opportunities to clarify any last-minute questions! We’re all here to support this important transition.Billy Graham Community Life Commons (BGCLC)
8:00 a.m.–
2:00 p.m.
All new residents will connect with their RA (Resident Assistant) and move into their new dorm. (Traditional Resident Student Parents only)
Residence Halls
10:30 a.m.–
1:00 p.m.
On your own/with your student
Off-Campus or BGCLC Main Dining
1:00 p.m.–
3:00 p.m.
Commuter Check-In & Student ServicesBilly Graham Community Life Commons (BGCLC)
3:00 p.m.–
3:45 p.m.
Welcome to Northwestern
Your official welcome to the Northwestern community! (All new students and parents/guests)
Knight Performance Hall (KPH)
3:45 p.m.–
4:15 p.m.
Family GoodbyesTotino Patio
4:15 p.m.–
5:00 p.m.
Worship, Prayer, & Encouragement (Parents only)Knight Performance Hall (KPH)
5:00 p.m.–
5:30 p.m.
“From Your Nest To Ours”(Parents only)Knight Performance Hall (KPH)
5:30 p.m.–
6:00 p.m.
Snack Break!Knight Performance Hall (KPH)
6:00 p.m.-
6:45 p.m.
Comedy with Bob StrombergKnight Performance Hall (KPH) 

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 651-631-5350.