Essential NUs

Essential NU is a series of mandatory, issue-oriented programs for new students to learn about the University and its community expectations. Several Essential NUs (ENUs) require completion during the summer months prior to your arrival to Northwestern while two occur during Wildcat Welcome.

Essential NU requirements

  1. For the Record (summer)
  2. AlcoholEdu (summer)
  3. NU Inclusion (Wildcat Welcome)
  4. Student Body (Wildcat Welcome)
  5. Wildcat Voices, Alcohol Choices (Wildcat Welcome)
  6. Campus Safety (Wildcat Welcome)
  7. Mental Health & Mental Wellness at NU (Wildcat Welcome)

If you are unable to attend one of your scheduled Essential NU's during the week, you will be required to attend a makeup session during your fall quarter. If you fail to complete all of the listed Essential NUs, a hold will be placed on your registration until all programs are completed.

Northwestern's Alcohol Policy and Essential NU

Northwestern University would like to remind you that the consumption of alcohol under the age of 21 is against Illinois state law and University rules. Although alcohol use does not present a problem for most students, alcohol abuse is an issue that affects the entire community.  Since most students favor activism and prevention efforts over negativism and disciplinary action, our school is always looking for innovative ways to enhance our comprehensive alcohol strategy and to promote the responsible use of alcohol both on- and off- campus. Because of this, Northwestern University offers students several different ways to fulfill an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) requirement to ensure that our new students are educated on the facts versus myths of alcohol; these will be completed through the Essential NU requirements.