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Wildcat Welcome

Wildcat WelcomeNorthwestern’s mandatory orientation programprepares all new undergraduates for their time as a Wildcat. The Wildcat Welcome experience is designed to build community and get you ready to start fall classes and navigate the University with confidence. Transfer-specific programs build on the experiences students havee had at their previous school to start at Northwestern.

Throughout Wildcat Welcome and your first year at Northwestern your Peer Adviser (PA) will be an available support system for you. Your PA is a current student who previously transferred to Northwestern who was carefully selected and trained to guide you through your transition to the University starting in July (expect to hear from them in late July).

The Wildcat Welcome 2021 Experience

Wildcat Welcome 2021 consists of three parts to successfully launch students into their first year at Northwestern: 

  1. Purple Prep for Transfer Students
    June 1-September 10, 2021
    Purple Prep provides foundational information and involves a variety of summer tasks to complete and virtual programs to attend, with a new set of deadlines each month. The tasks range from submitting your housing contract and immunizations form to participating in virtual meetings with your academic adviser and completing fall course registration. The Purple Prep Checklist and Purple Prep emails will guide you through this phase of your orientation. 

  2. Summer Engagement Series: Before the Arch
    June-September 12, 2021
    Starting in June, you will have weekly opportunities to learn from and engage with current Northwestern students on a wide range of topics. The series also encourages and enables meeting and connecting with other incoming students. The June Purple Prep email will tell you more about the launch of the series. 

  3. Fall Welcome 
    September 13-20 and September 25 
    Fall Welcome begins when you move to campus on September 13 or 14, continues through September 20, and culminates in Wildcat Welcome capstone events on September 25. Fall Welcome introduces you to Northwestern's campus traditions, highlights what it means to be a community member, and includes time for peer adviser group meetings and social programs that connect you with classmates as well as returning students.

Wildcat Welcome: Fall Welcome Transfer Schedule

Each day of Wildcat Welcome includes activities that connect you with other students and help you acclimate to life at Northwestern. Wildcat Welcome will include meetings and events hosted for the entire class and others by your school, each existing to support and enrich your student experience. Programs such as the President’s Convocation and the True Northwestern Dialogue series focus on Northwestern values.  Your days will be very full—but not without downtimes for fun, relaxation, and self-care. 

Several events are specifically held for incoming transfer students to connect with one another and hear from current students who formerly transferred. Your time during Wildcat Welcome will be focused on learning about the academic and social culture on campus and connecting with campus resources like Northwestern Career Advancement, the Global Learning Office, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and more. 

Details of the Fall Welcome schedule will be announced in September’s Purple Prep email. Students who need to know more about their Fall Welcome schedule so that they can plan around a work schedule should contact New Student Experience at firstyear@northwestern.edu. 

FAQs

When do I register for classes?

Academic advising and fall course registration is included within the Purple Prep phase of Wildcat Welcome. Transfer students can expect to virtually meet with their academic adviser in July/August and register for fall courses in late August. Please note transfer students register at a different time period than incoming first-year college students.

How will students build connections with others?

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.

There are a host of programs designed specifically for transfer students to build connections with other incoming transfers. The transfer student community will prove to be a great foundation from which to build your network at Northwestern.

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.