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Important Dates

Below are important dates for the Class of 2026, new transfer students, and family members. Stay up-to-date by connecting with Wildcat Welcome's various social media accounts.

Most immediately after acceptance, admitted students should do the following:

Week of May 3

The Purple Prep suite launches for the Class of 2026; students to be notified via Northwestern email upon launch. The suite includes:

May 3-September 11: Purple Prep

Serving as the first step of the orientation process is Purple Prep. Learn more about the 3 parts of Northwestern's orientation process. 

August: Housing Assignments

New students learn of their assigned room/building, as well as roommate, at the start of August. Learn more on the Residential Services website.  

September 8-12: International Student Orientation

The Wildcat Welcome experience for international students begins with a track specifically designed for you called International Student Orientation. International students move to campus on September 8 to participate in ISO through September 12 and then join the entire class in Wildcat Welcome through September 19. Students register for International Student Orientation through the Wildcat Welcome Information Form in May/June. Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website for more information.

September 12: New Student Move-in Day

New first-year and transfer students will move in during a scheduled appointment time on September 12; international students move in earlier as referenced above with International Student Orientation. An appointment signup form will be sent to student email accounts in mid-August after room assignments are completed. Learn more about on the Residential Services website

September 12-19: Wildcat Welcome

The final, on-campus component of Northwestern's new student orientation process is Wildcat Welcome. The mandatory orientation program for all new undergraduate students begins once students move to campus and runs through the day before fall quarter classes begin. Learn more about the 3 parts of Northwestern's orientation process. 

September 12-13: Parent & Family Orientation

Parent and Family Orientation (PFO) provides family members of new students with information to serve as informed support systems for their student during their tenure at Northwestern. Programming begins at the end of move-in day and runs through approximately 5 p.m. on September 13; students participate in their orientation programming during this time. PFO is not a required event for families. Learn more about Parent and Family Orientation

September 20: Fall quarter classes begin

Start of fall-quarter classes

November 4-6: Family Weekend

Family Weekend occurs yearly and is available for the families of all undergraduate students. Programming during Family Weekend provides opportunities for families to experience Northwestern with their student. Learn more about Family Weekend.

Full Academic Calendar

Visit the Office of the Registrar website to view the academic calendar to find dates for breaks as you seek to plan travel. 


University Calendar

View the 2022-2023 University Calendar to find dates for student breaks, holidays, and more.