Important Dates For First-Year Students

Student moving into her room

Below are important dates for the Class of 2020, 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 2020 Facebook group, and other ways to connect with current students and to learn about what 2016 will look like as an incoming student.


Receive physical copy of Purple Prep and begin receiving March to the Arch e-newsletter (on May 3, 2016), 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 3-June 1, 2016

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 2020.

September 8-12, 2016

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

September 12, 2016

New Student Move-in Day: Move-in will begin at 8 a.m., visit Residential Services for more information

September 12-13, 2016

Parent & Family Orientation: Programming begins around 5 p.m. CDT on Monday, September 12 and ends around 4 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, September 13; visit the Parent & Family Orientation page for more information

September 12-19, 2016

Wildcat Welcome: No other arrangements or events should be scheduled during this required weeklong new student orientation (this is also the time students will be advised and register for fall quarter courses) 

September 20, 2016

Fall Quarter Classes Begin

November 4-6, 2016

Family Weekend: Information regarding Family Weekend including registration will be released in June 2016; visit the Family Weekend page for more information

View the 2016-2017 University calendar for all dates