Find your True Northwestern

Quaecumque Sunt Vera
University Motto: Whatsoever things are true

Starting to find what is true and right for you is what your first year at Northwestern is all about. True Northwestern is a guided roadmap that integrates academic, social, and community experiences with your own set of unique talents and aspirations. Use the booklet and its four pillars to assist in your journey as you find your True Northwestern.

View the True Northwestern online booklet


When do first-year students learn about this?

First years first learn about True Northwestern during Wildcat Welcome in a group discussion led by their Peer Adviser. The Peer Adviser will discuss how this book can impact and guide their first year and what it all actually means from the student perspective. 

Why do we have True Northwestern?

True Northwestern provides suggestions on how to move through their first year in a way that will help to set-up their entire tenure. It helps students cut through confusion and noise while aiding students in seeking an optimal learning experience. Each journey and path should be unique; use True Northwestern to create a path that is authentic to you.

True Northwestern Throughout the Year

Though students will receive the physical booklet during Wildcat Welcome, they will receive communication throughout the year to provide follow-up, reminders, and purposeful connections to campus events and programs. Students are encouraged to review these short emails so as to have a grasp on what is happening in the community and what they should be paying attention to as a first-year student. Emails will begin in November, at the conclusion of Wildcat Weekends-based emails; emails are archived below.