Wildcat Welcome is the name of Northwestern's new student orientation program for all incoming undergraduate first year and transfer students.
To learn more about this mandatory but fun program, visit the Wildcat Welcome website which will be updated continuously throughout the spring and summer.
No, Northwestern does not offer any summer orientation programs. All orientation activities, including academic advising and course registration, will take place during Wildcat Welcome. All new first year and transfer students are required to attend the events and activities associated with Wildcat Welcome.
If you have previously studied a foreign language (Arabic, Latin, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Russian/Slavic, Spanish, or Swahili), chemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics, and you plan to continue to study these subjects at Northwestern, you'll need to determine at what level to begin. Departments teaching these subjects may use your scores on the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination, SAT II, and/or a Northwestern placement exam to help you plan an appropriate academic program.
Carefully read the Placement Exam section of this website to determine if you need to take a placement test either over the summer or during Wildcat Welcome. As a rule, online placement exams should be taken as early as possible.
Information about the Pre-Wildcat Welcome programs will be mailed out in early June, but more information on these programs can be found on the Pre-Wildcat Welcome section of this website.
The Pre-Wildcat Welcome programs have strict application deadlines, so please review their materials carefully.