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Wildcat Welcome

What is Wildcat Welcome?

Wildcat Welcome is the orientation program that all new students experience together. The mandatory program involves activities that foster community, inspire school pride, and prepare you to start fall classes. Wildcat Welcome begins once students move to campus in September, with programming each day through the start of Fall Quarter classes. No orientation programming occurs during the summer months prior to September.

Wildcat Welcome Schedule

The dates for Wildcat Welcome 2021 will be officially announced in April 2021. Students will have an opportunity to review the full schedule toward the end of the summer. 

Your Personalized Schedule

We're building a unique Wildcat Welcome schedule for you. You will receive a personalized daily schedule in September when you move to campus and begin Wildcat Welcome.

Advising and Registration 

Students participate in academic advising and course registration during Wildcat Welcome. Students have scheduled meetings with their academic adviser and their Peer Adviser in the orientation schedule before then participating in Fall Quarter course registration.


Events during Wildcat Welcome

Each day of Wildcat Welcome includes activities that connect you with other students and help you acclimate to life at Northwestern. Some events—like academic advising—are practical in focus. The President’s Convocation and the True Northwestern Dialogue series focus on Northwestern values. Wildcat Welcome will include meetings and events hosted by your school and by the various campus offices and organizations that exist to support and enrich your student experience. Your days will be full but not without downtimes for fun, relaxation, and self-care. 

Building Connections

Helping students begin to build the foundation of their Northwestern network is paramount to Wildcat Welcome. The schedule will include an array of programs and activities students will be able to take part in to begin meeting other new students and connect with returning students. A student's PA group will prove to be a phenomenal way for students to begin building their foundational network.

Parent and Family Orientation: 

Please visit the Parent & Family Orientation page for more information. The full schedule for this program will not be released until the summer.

A Note About Health and Safety

The safety of our students is our priority. The dates and details above are subject to change as Northwestern follows local, state, and federal health directives and guidelines. Students will be notified of changes via Purple Prep emails throughout the summer.