Pre-Wildcat Welcome Programs

Pre-Wildcat Welcome programs are a great opportunity to meet some new Wildcats prior to move-in day. Each program comes with a particular focus, but they are all incredible.

CATalyst

CATalyst is a leadership development program that packs the fun and excitement of being a first-year Wildcat into a five-day experience. Through CATalyst, you will start Wildcat Welcome equipped with more and better knowledge of Northwestern life—as well as new friendships—than most students get all quarter.

DATE: September 11-15
COST: $275
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: Now!
DEADLINE: June 15

CATalyst Website

Freshman Urban Program (FUP)

FUP challenges new Wildcats to discover the story of Chicago through a week of service, neighborhood visits, and group discussions. Get to know the issues facing the city—polarizing politics, urban planning and public education challenges, criminal justice issues, etc.—and meet the people who make the city thrive. Most important, learn how to stay connected to Chicago through volunteering.

DATE: September 10-15
COST: $250
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: Now!
DEADLINE: June 15

FUP Website

International Student Orientation

The four-day International Student Orientation (ISO) is a mandatory program exclusively for incoming international undergraduates, including international transfer students, US citizens who have lived abroad (“third culture kids”), and any other students who may benefit from the orientation. Move-in day for ISO
participants is September 12, when arriving students go directly to their assigned residence halls to formally check in. 

In addition to providing vital information about immigration, US academic culture, and Northwestern traditions and student life, ISO will introduce students to Evanston and Chicago, include activities for parents and family members, and allow time for making new friends and settling in.

DATE: September 12-15
COST: N/A
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: May 15
DEADLINE: August 31

International Office Website

Alternative Student Breaks

Spend a week traveling the Midwest to visit nonprofit organizations, get hands-on service-learning experience, and learn about communities from the people who live there. Students are accompanied by two trained site leaders who facilitate the activities.

DATE: September 7-15
COST: $215
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: Now!
DEADLINE: June 15

Alternative Student Break Website

First Night at Sheil

Sheil Catholic Center invites you to spend the night before move-in day with fellow first-year students, returning students, and the fantastic staff at Sheil, who welcome you with Mass, a BBQ and bonfire, games, and other activities.

DATE: September 14-15
COST: Free
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: May 1
DEADLINE: September 7

Sheil Catholic Center Website

Project Wildcat (P-Wild)

Project Wildcat is a leadership program that brings a small group of new Wildcats together for a week of backpacking, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors with two trained student counselors. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

DATE: September 7-15
COST: $350+rentals
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: Now!
DEADLINE: June 15

Project Wildcat Website

NU Hillel's Freshman Fest

NU Hillel, the home of more than 15 Jewish student groups on campus, welcomes new students to its annual Freshman Fest. The event blends friendship, feasting, and fun with opportunities to get the inside scoop on Jewish life at Northwestern, the campus social scene, sports, Greek life, the most sought-after courses, and much more.

DATE: September 14-15
COST: $36
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: June
DEADLINE: September 12

Freshman Fest Website

Kairos 3

Kairos is a four-day retreat at Cabrini Retreat Center that offers an introspective look at your relationships with yourself, with others, and with God through small-group sessions, witness talks by returning students, and more. Kairos is open to students of all faith backgrounds.

DATE: September 12-15
COST: $225
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: May 1
DEADLINE: August 15

Kairos Website

Launch!

Looking for a way to grow in your faith at Northwestern? Want to develop your leadership and communication skills? Excited to meet other Christians who are passionate about making a difference and having fun? Launch is Cru's Pre-Wildcat Welcome leadership retreat! Lodging, meals, team-building activities, and a ropes course are all included!

DATE: September 14-15
COST: $50
APPLICATION AVAILABLE: Now!
DEADLINE: August 15

Launch! Website