Below you will find the 2012 Parent and Family Orientation schedule. You will receive a physical schedule when you and your new student check-in at the appropriate residence hall, so no need to worry about printing this page.

Please note students will be required to participate in new student orientation during the time of Parent and Family Orientation. Once move-in ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, the following times are the only times that overlap in the parent and student schedules:

  • Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20
  • Before 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 21
  • Kiss'n'Bye: 5-6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 21

If you plan to leave Thursday evening, plan your final goodbyes prior to the start of student meetings beginning at 5 p.m. If you plan to leave prior to the Kiss'n'Bye time on Friday, please plan your final goodbyes prior to the start of March Through the Arch at 8:45 a.m.; students will be scheduled throughout the rest of the day.


9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
New Student Move-in Day
Students will receive an email with their housing assignment around the first week of August; the housingcontract and move-in permit request are both due by August 15. There are a number of shops in the area to pick up any last minute items. If you plan to ship items in advance, remember to ensure they do not arrive to campus prior to September 18. The address for each building can be found on the Living@NU website.
12-1 p.m. &
1-2 p.m.
Residential College Meeting with Masters
These meetings are only for family members of students living in a residential college. Meetings will be held at the residential college.
5-6 p.m. President's Welcome for Family Members
While students attend their own first meetings, join us for the kick-off to Parent and Family Orientation as President Morton O. Schapiro welcomes family members. This event will take place in the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Aquatic Center.

*Please note students will be in mandatory residential hall meetings from 5-9:30 p.m.
6-7:30 p.m. President's Reception on North Beach
Immediately following the welcome event at 5 p.m., join us for food and beverages on Northwestern's own beach.


9-11 a.m.
March Through the Arch
Parents and family members are invited to observe this Northwestern tradition as new students take the ceremonial “march” through the famous Weber Arch and onto Deering Meadow where the President and Dean of Students will address the class before they take a class photo.
11:15 a.m. -
12 p.m.
Academic Orientation for Family Members
The dean and/or other faculty members of your student's undergraduate school will address family members and answer questions. These events will be hosted in various locations.
12-1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own on campus or in downtown Evanston
1:30-2:30 p.m. Parent and Family Resource Fair
The "Fair" will feature represenatives from various campus departments as they offer information and answer questions. Offices such as career services, student financial services, and multicultural student affairs will be present.
2:30-5 p.m. Information Sessions for Family Members
Two rounds of information sessions will be held to provide in depth information on services most important for you to know about. Topics include food services (meal plan options for your student), career services at NU, counseling services, and health services/student insurance.
5-6:30 p.m.
This pause in programming for both families and students will provide the opportunity for your "goodbyes" on an individual basis before students return to their orientation schedule at 6:30 p.m.

A home football game will be hosted at Ryan Field on Saturday, September 22. Students do not have required programming during the day; feel free to purchase football tickets to cheer on the Northwestern Wildcats. Tickets will become available for purchase on July 23; the time of the game will be announced during the month of August.