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Wildcat Welcome Back

Wildcat Welcome Back features signature events that mark your start to the year. Students entering their second year at Northwestern – those in the Class of 2024 and transfer students who entered Fall of 2020 – will take part in Wildcat Welcome Back upon their arrival to campus for Fall 2021. Wildcat Welcome Back has been created to continue celebrating you and aiding you in your transition to a new year at Northwestern.

While Wildcat Welcome provided you with an orientation to foundational elements of the University, Wildcat Welcome Back will focus on building connection and community.  This page will be updated throughout the 2021-2022 academic year as events are finalized and announced.

Please complete the Wildcat Welcome Back Registration Form with your NetID to confirm your participation and provide event input by August 8, 2021.

March Through the Arch

Watch our March Through the Arch livestream recording!


Key Dates

Move-in Dates: Returning student move-in begins at 8:00 am on Friday, September 17. A move-in appointment is not required for returning students as self check-in is available. Move into your campus residence on September 17 or 18 to participate fully in Wildcat Welcome Back.

Wildcat Welcome Back Dates: Wildcat Welcome Back events run throughout the day on Sunday, September 19, and Monday, September 20, and will continue through the academic year to help you make connections.

Events for Students

Students participating in Wildcat Welcome Back are expected to attend all of the following programs and can register now for these events. Please register by August 8.

Events for Family Members & Loved Ones

The events below are available for families to attend.  Family members can register now for these events and will be contacted via the Parent and Family Email List with any additional event information. Please register by August 8th. 

Communications Shared with Students

Welcome to September!
September 1, 2021

Register for Wildcat Welcome Back!
August 4, 2021

Wildcat Welcome Back: What you need to know
July 16, 2021

Wildcat Welcome: Class of 2024 & Transfer Students
April 8, 2021

A Note about Health and Safety

The safety of our students is our top 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 email throughout the summer.


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