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Welcome New Employees

Congratulations on your new position, and welcome to Northwestern University! You've picked a great place to work, and we are glad to have you here.

Keep in mind that onboarding is a process that takes several months. Take your time to get to know the lay of the land, both within your immediate work environment and the University as a whole. Take advantage of the many opportunities to network with fellow members of the Northwestern community; building relationships is key. Here are some of the first steps most University employees need to take to get started.


Below are forms to bring with you on your first day, and additional steps you'll need to review and complete prior to your arrival on campus.

System Access

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Your first day with Northwestern will start at the Human Resources office, followed by getting to know your new workplace. We encourage new employees and their managers to download the  Onboarding Checklist for a successful transition into your new role.

Payroll forms

Visit one of our HR Talent Acquisition Offices to submit the HR Payroll Forms and complete the I9-Section 2 portion

  • The following timeslots are available for onboarding: 9am or 11am.
  • Human Resources is located at the following locations:
    • Evanston HR Talent Acquisition Office: 1801 Maple Avenue, 6th Floor, Evanston, IL
    • Chicago HR Talent Acquisition Office: 710 North Lake Shore Drive, Suite 150, Chicago, IL

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As you settle in to your new position, please take the time to attend the following in-person sessions and complete the online modules.

Orientations and training

In-Person Sessions

Online Modules

Visit the myHR Learn for additional professional development workshops and information and training on our University systems


Familiarize yourself with the University

Training and development>

  • myHR Learn is your source for learning and professional development. Sign up for workshops and other learning opportunities here
  • LinkedIn Learning and Northwestern University have partnered to offer University students, faculty and staff unlimited, on-demand access to a full library of online courses at no additional cost
  • For a compiled list of Northwestern's system logins, please visit the System Directory


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