Summer Checklist for Incoming Students

Class of 2021 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. 

IMMEDIATELY Action Link DUE DATE
If you have not already done so, activate your NetID and Northwestern email account. Activate NetID and Northwestern email account
If you missed the 5/1 housing deposit deadline, contact Residential Services at 847-467-4663 or housing@northwestern.edu. Residential Services Website

IN MAY Action Link DUE DATE
Sign your housing contract. Housing Contract Website. 6/1
Apply for 9PAY tuition and fee prepayment plan (optional). 9PAY tuition and fee installment plan 6/1
If you're interested, apply to your choice of Pre-Orientation Programs (POP). Pre-Orientation Programs 6/1

IN JUNE Action Link DUE DATE
Mail immunization and Admission Health Record forms. Mail immunization records and required form. 7/1
Complete the Wildcat Welcom Information Form (available as of 6/6). Information Form 7/7
Take online placement/entrance exams if required by your school. Placement/Assessment Exams 7/31

IN JULY Action Link DUE DATE
Mail your 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 CAESAR prior to obtaining a student visa from a US embassy or consulate (international students only). CAESAR 8/1
Confirm or waive NU-SHIP (student health insurance) through CAESAR (available 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 accommodations and services for fall. Register to receive AccessibleNU accommodations and services 10/20

IN AUGUST Action Link DUE DATE
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 Dialogues requirement: Alcohol Education Program. Online TND: AlcoholEdu 9/4
Complete True Northwestern Dialogue  requirement : Haven. Online TND: Haven 9/4
Read One Book One Northwestern selection. (Free copies sent to students in late July). 9/11
Follow computer buying/setup guidelines, download antivirus software, and take note of Northwestern's policies on responsible technology use. 9/11

IN SEPTEMBER Action Link DUE DATE
Time any shipments to campus to deliver on move-in day (9/11) or later. Shipments of belongings
Attend 9/7-9/10 International Student Orientation (international students only). 9/7-9/10
Arrive on campus 9/11 and participate in all eight days of Wildcat Welcome! 9/11-9/18