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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.

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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.

Whether you are launching a student into college for the first time or have a returning student, 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. You can sign up to receive today. It is a our way to stay connected and keep our parents informed. We also offer helpful parent blogs, resources, FAQ's and host Mom's in Prayer. We look forward to meeting and supporting you in your Northwestern journey.

Parent Orientation Events

August 20

 Time   EventLocation
3:00 p.m.–
3:45 p.m.
Welcome to Northwestern (All new students and parents/guests)
Campus Green
4:00–5:00 p.m.Parent Tips Session (Traditional Student Parents only) Ericksen Center Gym
4:00–5:45 p.m.
Dual Enrollment Student and Parent Session (DE Students and Parents only) Knight Performance Hall
6:30 p.m.
Parent Worship & Prayer Service—Includes a blessing card and time to individually pray for your student(s) as they begin their journey at UNW. Students will be in a separate session until 9:30 p.m.Knight Hall

7:30 p.m.Snacks 'n Chats—Refreshments from Parent RelationsBilly Graham Community Life Commons (2nd floor)
8:30 p.m.Comedy with Bob Stromberg Knight Hall
9:30 p.m.  All sessions end for the evening.

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


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