Winter Welcome: January 6, 2013

Winter Welcome

Winter Welcome is Northwestern's orientation day for all students beginning Northwestern for the winter term. This half-day program will introduce you to Northwestern, administrators, current students and items you need to know before beginning classes the next day. Information about Winter Welcome is released during the month of December.

2013 Winter Welcome

Winter Welcome for 2013 will be held in the Norris University Center on January 6, 2013 beginning at 2 p.m. For those living on-campus, you will be able to move into your residence hall that morning beginning at 10 a.m.

Mandatory Items to complete by January 4, 2013

What happens during Winter Welcome?

  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    New student move-in: Students will move into residence halls (for those living on-campus). Contact Residential Services for more detail.
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
    Winter Welcome Check-in at  Norris University Center in the Lake Room
  • 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Winter Welcome: Students will hear from the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, serveral administrators and current students. New students will meet with representatives from their academic school, learn about getting invovled with student organizations at NU, campus safety, and more. The student Board of Directors for New Student and Family Programs will ensure all questions and concerns are answered before the start of classes the following day. 
  • 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    New Student Dinner: The Board of Directors will take the new students to dinner at a dining hall on campus.

For the Record

Deadline: January 4, 2013

For the Record is one of two mandatory items you must complete before you arrive to Northwestern for Winter Welcome. It provides you the chance to become familiar with NU policies and procedures.

  • To access For the Record, you must visit Northwestern's Blackboard site:
  • Log in using your NetID and password. Then select "Essential NU: For the Record" from "My Courses." You will then begin to follow the prompts as you move through the course
  • At the end of the course, there is a 20-question assessment. Please ensure you press the "Save and Submit" button at the end of the test followed by clicking the "OK" button on the next page. This will display your score and inform you which questions were answered correctly. You must correctly answer 80% of the questions (i.e. 16 of 20) to successfully complete For the Record.
  • If you do not pass the quiz, simply review the material and retake the assessment.
  • Scores are tracked and reported electronically; you will not need to email your score.
  • If you have trouble accessing For the Record, please contact


Deadline: January 4, 2013

Just like on other college campuses around the country, there is one issue that stands out because it regularly puts students in a position to make choices that will affect their own well being and that of the community. That issue is alcohol. Northwestern University is concerned with making sure that drinking - your own or somebody else’s – does not interfere with your health, safety, academic success, and other things that are important to you.

We require all new students complete an alcohol education course to help you make healthy decisions as you navigate college life. Don't wait. If you fail to complete one of the following, a registration hold will be placed on your student account (impacting spring quarter registration).

AlcoholEdu is a two-part online interactive self-study course. You are expected to successfully complete the Part 1 of the course, which is 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours, by January 4, 2013. You must earn a grade of 80% or higher to receive credit for the course. About 45 days after you complete Part 1, you will receive an email asking you to complete Part 2, which takes approximately 15 minutes. Please red the instructions below to learn how to access and complete the program. If you fail t complete Part 1 by the deadline, you will be assigned to attend a 3-hour Alcohol Education Workshop during the first two weeks of the winter quarter.

To begin AlcoholEdu:

You will need a computer with Internet access and audio capabilities.

  1. Go to
  2. Under New User, enter the following Login ID: C147767A
  3. Click "Sign Up"
  4. On the registration page, you will have the opportunity to create your AlcoholEdu account using your Northwestern email address and a password of your choice. At this time, you will also need to enter your 7-digit Student ID.
    Note: Your student ID is not your netID. If you have forgotten/do not know your student ID, view these instructions
  5. You may log in and out of the course at the end of each section. Section ends are marked with a "Next" button. Do not log out until you click the "Next" button or you will have to repeat the section you have just gone through.
  6. When you return, log in as a Returning User and enter the same email address and password you created when you first logged into the course.

Should you experience any difficulties or require support, the AlcoholEdu Technical Support Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply click on the "Technical Help" button located in the upper right-hand corner of every AlcoholEdu for College screen. You do not need to be logged into the course to access the Technical Support Center.