Summer Checklist for Incoming Students

Class of 2020 Action Items

To the left of this page, you can navigate to school-specific checklists. Students can also find the updated list of items to complete in the monthly March to the Arch emails they receive or in the First Year Guide mobile app. 

To Do NOW Action Link Deadline
Activate NetID and Northwestern email account Activate NetID and Northwestern email account Immediately
If you plan to live on campus but missed the 5/1 housing deposit deadline, contact Residential Services at 847-467-4663 or housing@northwestern.edu Residential Services Website Immediately

To Do in May Action Link Deadline
If you plan to live on campus, sign and submit housing contract online. Housing Contract Website. 6/1
Apply for 9PAY tuition and fee installment plan(optional; first payment due 7/1). 9PAY tuition and fee installment plan 6/1
If interested, apply to your choice of six Pre-Orientation Programs (POPtrips, POPfaith) Pre-Orientation Programs 6/1

To Do in June Action Link Deadline
Mail immunization records and Admission Health Record forms. Mail immunization records and required form. 7/1
Complete the Wildcat Welcom Information Form (available as of 6/7) Available as of 6/7 7/7
Take online placement/entrance exams and skills assesments if required by your school Placement/Assessment Exams 7/31

To Do in July Action Link Deadline
Mail final high school transcript Final high school transcript 8/1
If seeking IB/AP credit, advise the testing service to send your results to Northwestern ASAP. AP/IB Credit 7/15, 8/1
Upload photo for your Wildcard (Northwestern ID card) Upload photo for WildCARD. 8/1
Register for International Student Orientation (international students only) Register for International Student Orientation  8/1
Upload I-20/DS-2019 request on CAESER prior to obtaining a student visa from a US embassy or consulate (international students only) CAESAR 8/1
Complete health insurance Coverage Selection Form (available on CAESER as of 7/1). Health insurance Coverage Selection Form 10/1
Add parent/guardian access to student account in CAESAR in time for August billing cycle (optional but strongly recommended) Add parent/guardian access to student account in CAESAR 8/8
Verify billing preferences and address in CAESAR. Verify billing preferences and address in CAESAR. 8/8
If appropriate, start the process of registering to receive AccessibleNU accomodations and services for fall. Register to receive AccessibleNU accomodations and services 10/28

To Do in August Action Link Deadline
If receiving aid, complete applications and follow aid-related to-do list in CAESAR. CAESAR 8/31
Pay fall tuition and fees (bill will be available as of 8/10). Pay fall tuition and fees 9/1
Complete True Northwestern Dialogue requirement: AlcoholEdu AlcoholEdu TND  9/5
Complete True Northwestern Dialogue  requirement : Agent of Change  Agent of Change TND 9/5
Read One Book One Northwestern selection. (Free copies sent to students in late July.) 9/12
Follow computer buying/setup guidelines, download antivirus software, and take note of Northwestern's policies on responsible technology use. 9/12

To Do in September Action Link Deadline
If you'll be living on campus, time any shipments to deliver 9/12 or later. Shipments of belongings Ongoing
Attend 9/8-9/12 International Student Orientation (international students only) 9/8
Arrive on campus 9/12 and particpate in all eight days of Wildcat Welcome! 9/12-9/19