Staying Involved

Many parents want to get involved with Northwestern. There are many ways to keep in touch with and learn more about the University, all of which can strengthen your association with Northwestern.

If separated or divorced parents both wish to receive mailings from the University, the addresses of both should be listed with the Office of the Registrar.

Attend Family Weekend

Family Weekend is held each fall to introduce parents of undergraduate students to their son's or daughter's campus life and help them become more familiar with Northwestern. The focus of this annual weekend is welcoming parents as members of the Northwestern community. Classroom visits, meetings with University administrators and deans, a president's convocation, receptions, and a Saturday Wildcat football game are among the planned activities.

Subscribe to the parents' listserv

Within the Northwestern parent community, we offer two parents listservs.

  • "Newparent" is an electronic communiqué exclusively for Northwestern's new parents. Have a student joining our community during the 2009-2010 academic year? This is the listserv for you. Subscribers receive regular e-mails from the dean of students regarding pertinent information for families of incoming students.

To subscribe, follow these instructions:

  1. Send an e-mail to listserv@listserv.it.northwestern.edu .
  2. Leave the subject line blank.
  3. In the message, write the following: Subscribe NEWPARENT [your first name(s)] [your last name]

For example: Subscribe NEWPARENTS Willie and Willimena Wildcat.

You will receive e-mail confirmation and can look forward to receiving Newparent regularly.

  • "Parents" is an electronic communiqué for parents of all Northwestern students. Subscribers receive regular e-mails from the dean of students about news not generally reported in the Daily Northwestern or other University publications.

To subscribe , follow these instructions:

  1. Send an e-mail to listserv@listserv.it.northwestern.edu .
  2. Leave the subject line blank.
  3. In the message, write the following: Subscribe PARENTS [your first name(s)] [your last name]

For example: Subscribe PARENTS Willie and Willimena Wildcat.

You will receive e-mail confirmation and can look forward to receiving Parents regularly.

Bookmark Northwestern's Web site

Northwestern's Web site has a wealth of information about the University. It changes daily as news is released and programs are scheduled. We encourage you to bookmark the site and refer to it often. If you aren't sure of where to look, try the “search” option. Also check the NewsCenter for the latest headlines about NU.

Read campus publications

The Daily Northwestern is the student newspaper. It is published online and in print Monday through Friday during the school year. Northwestern, a magazine published for alumni and friends of the University, is also available online for family members to peruse. Find out what our alumni are doing and learn about alumni events close to your home.

Send Wildcat care packages

Let your student know you care with an official Wildcat Care Package! Norris University Center catering is proud to offer official "Surprise Someone with a Wildcat Care Package" program. You can send a gift anytime to let your special someone know you're thinking of them. You may also choose to personalize your gift by sending a card or note with your order form.

Donate to the Parents Fund

The Parents Fund raises money to enhance all aspects of undergraduate life at the University. As part of the Northwestern Annual Fund, the Parents Fund helps provide the financial flexibility necessary for improving and expanding undergraduate offerings and facilities, bringing prominent guest speakers to campus, and responding quickly to other opportunities as they arise. A growing committee of parent volunteers makes the Parents Fund one of the most exciting ways for parents to get involved at Northwestern.

Network with Northwestern's Alumni Association

The Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) is dedicated to fostering a mutually beneficial and enduring relationship between Northwestern University and its alumni. This relationship begins with both students and their parents the moment a student is accepted into the University.

NAA sponsors a variety of events for students, including regional summer parties for incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Week. NAA also supports a network of Northwestern alumni who offer career advice and job-search assistance to students and alumni. Working in conjunction with class leaders, NAA supports student organizations in their activities and events, including the Freshman Formal, the Senior Series (seminars on real-world topics to aid graduating seniors in their transition from college to career), and much more.

To reach out to alumni and Northwestern parents, NAA sponsors NU Alumni Clubs in about 55 major metropolitan areas throughout the world. Parents are encouraged to join their local club and participate in the social and educational events it offers. Young Alumni Chapters offer supplemental programming for a number of alumni clubs.