Parent and Family Orientation

Dad and Daughter

Parent and Family Orientation is our opportunity to welcome the families of our incoming students. Parent and Family Orientation begins the afternoon of September 12, 2016, and runs through September 13, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. Programming for this event occurs simultaneously as programming for new students; your new student will be in other structured events during this time. 

Click here to register for Parent and Family Orientation 2016!

Click here to view the tentative schedule for Parent and Family Orientation 2016.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about Parent and Family Orientation.

Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

March Through the Arch

During Parent and Family Orientation, we look forward to hosting some of our traditional welcoming activities including the following:

  • Family Welcome Reception with President Morton Schapiro
  • March Through the Arch (morning of September 13, 2016)
  • Kiss 'N' Bye (a 30 minute break in the student schedule on Tuesday morning to say goodbye to family members)
  • Information Sessions from Dean of Students and other important university offices
  • Resource Fair featuring campus offices such as Residential Services, Financial Aid, Health Services, and the University Library

The detailed schedule will be released May 3, 2016.

Meet the Family Ambassadors


Family Ambassadors. A group of phenomenal students at Northwestern who have had a range of experiences and cannot wait to share them all with the family members for our newest Wildcats. Family Ambassadors assist with the execution of Parent and Family Orientation during Wildcat Welcome and will interact with family members throughout the program to ensure all questions are answered and needs are met. 

This year we have the privilege of having a Family Liaison working with our office.  The Family Liaison is a new student leadership position in our office dedicated to selecting, training, and mentoring the Family Ambassadors.

Travel and Hotels

transportation in Evanston

Whether it be by plane, train, or car, there are numerous ways to get to both Chicago and Evanston. We have a few resources that may be valuable as you look into traveling and staying in the Evanston/Chicago area.  Visit the visitor's section of the Undergraduate Admissions page to view travel directions, which includes area maps, specific breakdowns of travel routes, and turn-by-turn directions.  View our Travel and Hotels page to view answers to more specific questions you may have.