Summer Checklist for Incoming Students

The list of action items for students to complete is below.  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. 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.

Action Item Deadline            
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. Immediately
Apply for 9PAY tuition and fee installment plan (optional; first payment due 7/1). 6/1
If participating, apply to your choice of pre-Wildcat Welcome Programs (optional). 6/15 (CSI Programs)
Use RoomSync to choose a roommate to include in your housing contract (optional).  5 p.m. on 6/2
Submit completed housing contract online at housing contract website. 5 p.m. on 6/2
Get to know how CAESAR works (strongly recommended). ____
Mail immunization records and required form. 7/1
Based on your school's directives in Purple Prep, take any required placement/assessment exams

7/11 (MEAS only)

8/1 (All others)

Mail final high school transcript. 8/1
Complete your school-specific requirements: See Purple Prep Contingent on School
Complete Agent of Change (Essential NU requirement). 8/1
For international students: Upload I-20/DS-2019 request on CAESAR.  8/1
Submit photo for WildCARD (strongly recommended). 8/1
Complete health insurance Coverage Selection Form (not applicable to international students).

8/1 ideally, 

10/1 deadline

Add parent/guardian access to student account in CAESAR (strongly recommended). 8/8 (for August billing cycle)
Verify billing preferences and address in CAESAR.
8/8 (for August billing cycle)
If seeking AP/IB credit, request immediate transmittal of AP/IB scores. 8/15
If receiving aid, complete loan applications and start following aid-related to-do list in CAESAR. 8/31
For international students: Register for International Student Orientation. 8/31
Request in-room landline telephone service (optional).  9/1
Pay fall tuition and fees. 9/1
Complete For the Record (Essential NU requirement). 9/5
Complete AlcoholEdu (Essential NU requirement). 9/5
Follow NUIT's guidelines for computer buying and setup; install antivirus software and reivew University policies on responsible technology use. ____
Connect mobile devices to NU network and download the Northwestern Mobile application suite. ____
For international students: Attend 9/12-15 International Student Orientation ____
Read the One Book One Northwestern selection. (Students receive free copy by mail around 7/31). 9/16
Time any shipments of belongings to arrive on campus 9/12 or later. No deliveries before 9/12
Participate in all eight days of Wildcat Welcome! ____
If eligible, register with Services for Students with Disabilities. 9/16
Register for fall-quarter classes (you will do this on 9/19). 9/19
Complete request form if changing meal plans. 10/3