Important Dates For First-Year Students

Student moving into her room

Below are important dates for the Class of 2021, new transfer students, and family members. Stay up-to-date by connecting with Wildcat Welcome's various social media accounts.

Early Decision Students

In addition to the dates below, you'll begin hearing from the Office of New Student and Family Programs in February with a special edition of the March to the Arch email, an invite to the Class of 2021 Facebook group, and other ways to connect with current students and to learn about what 2017 will look like as an incoming student.


Receive physical copy of Purple Prep (beginning week of May 22, 2017) and begin receiving March to the Arch e-newsletter (on May 2, 2017), a monthly update from New Student and Family Programs; both include an exhaustive list of summer checklist items and everything you will need to do before you arrive in September.

May 2-June 1, 2017

Registration for POP (Pre-Orientation Programs) is open only during this time to incoming students. Learn more about each of the POP experiences (such as camping, hiking, Chicago emersion, service, faith-based, etc) that occur immediately preceding Wildcat Welcome in September providing an additional way for students to meet others in the Class of 2021.

September 7-10, 2017

International Student Orientation: Highly encouraged for all international students (F-1 and J-1 visa holders), this event begins several days prior to Wildcat Welcome; contact the International Office for more information. Participants will move into their residence hall on September 7.

September 11, 2017

New Student Move-in Day: Move-in will begin at 8 a.m. for all new students, visit Residential Services for more information. Students are not able to move into their residence hall prior to this date (unless participating in International Student Orientation).

September 11-12, 2017

Parent & Family Orientation: Programming begins around 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, September 11 and ends around 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, September 12; visit the Parent & Family Orientation page for more information. The schedule for this program will not be released until early summer 2017.

September 11-18, 2017

Wildcat Welcome (new student orientation): No other arrangements or events should be scheduled during this required weeklong new student orientation as it is required for all incoming undergraduate students. New students will meet with their academic advisor during this time to plan their academic schedule and to register for fall quarter classes; no advising or registration occurs during the summer months.

September 19, 2017

Fall Quarter Classes Begin

November 10-12, 2017

Family Weekend: Information regarding Family Weekend including registration will be released in June 2017; visit the Family Weekend page for more information.

View the 2017-2018 University calendar to find dates for student breaks, holidays, and more.