Frequently Asked Questions about Orientation

As a parent, when should I leave?

Parents decide to leave in two different waves. Most will stay to participate in the President's Welcome/Reception on Monday evening and March Through the Arch on Tuesday morning. Kiss'n'Bye will, most likely, be the final time you are able to see your student as their Wildcat Welcome schedule is packed! Many families decide to leave at this time.

If parents do not leave right after March Through the Arch, they will stay for the fantastic programming offered throughout the day to learn about Northwestern from the parent side rather than just from an Admission view (i.e. campus tours). The last session ends at 5:30 p.m. so family members will decide to begin traveling back home at that point (if they are close by).

When do I see my student if they are participating in a Pre-Wildcat Welcome Program?

Most students will unite with family members the morning of move-in day.

Do I participate in orientation events with my student?

The student and parent schedules are concurent; there are no joint sessions that occur. Though parents attend March Through the Arch, students are with their Peer Adviser groups while the parents stand to the sides to cheer on the new students.

We are traveling a great distance, how do we get our items to campus for the residence hall room?

If families are not driving or flying out their items, they will decide to ship items to campus in advance. Please visit the Undergraduate Housing FAQ section for more information on shipping items to campus.