Summer Checklist for Incoming Students

Action Items for Students

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. You can even subscribe to the Wildcat Welcome Google Calendar to see a list of all action items over the summer, synced right to your own calendar. For iCal users, you should be able download our calendar by clicking here.

To Do NOW Action Link Deadline
Activate NetID and Northwestern email account Activate NetID and Northwestern email account Immediately
If you missed the 5/1 housing prepayment deadline, go to the residential services website for more information or call 847-467-4663. Residential Services Website Immediately

To Do in May Action Link Deadline
Use RoomSync to choose a roommate to include on your housing contract (optional). n/a 6/1
Submit completed housing contract online at housing contract website. 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 participating, apply to your choice of pre-Wildcat Welcome Programs (optional). Pre-Wildcat Welcome Programs 6/1

To Do in June Action Link Deadline
Mail immunization records and required form. Mail immunization records and required form. 7/1
Based on your school's directives in Purple Prep, take any required placement/assessment exams Purple Prep 7/31

To Do in July Action Link Deadline
Mail final high school transcript Final high school transcript 8/1
If seeking AP/IB credit, request immediate transmittal of AP/IB scores. 8/1
Complete Agent of Change (Essential NU requirement). Complete Agent of Change (Essential NU requirement). 8/1
For international students: Upload I-20/DS-2019 request on CAESAR. Upload I-20/DS-2019 request on CAESAR 8/1
Submit photo for WildCARD. Submit photo for WildCARD. 8/1
Complete health insurance Coverage Selection Form (not applicable to international students). Health insurance Coverage Selection Form Starting 7/1
Due 10/1
Add parent/guardian access to student account in CAESAR in time for August billing cycle. 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

To Do in August Action Link Deadline
If receiving aid, complete loan applications and start following aid-related to-do list in CAESAR. CAESAR 8/31
For international students: Register for International Student Orientation. Register for International Student Orientation. 8/31
Request in-room landline telephone service (optional). Request in-room landline telephone service 9/1
Pay fall tuition and fees. Pay fall tuition and fees. 9/1
Complete For the Record (Essential NU requirement). For the Record 9/1
Complete AlcoholEdu (Essential NU requirement). AlcoholEdu 9/1
Read the One Book One Northwestern selection (Free copies shipped to students in late July). 9/11

To Do in September Action Link Deadline
Time any shipments of belongings to arrive on campus 9/11 or later. Time any shipments of belongings Ongoing
For international students: Attend 9/9-11 International Student Orientation 9/9
Attend all 10 days of Wildcat Welcome (new student orientation, advising, and course registration) 9/11-9/20
Complete request form if changing meal plans. Meal Plans 10/2
If eligible, register to receive AccessibleNU accomodations and services for fall quarter. AccessibleNU 10/30