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Schedule Overview

New students will receive their very own personalized schedule books when they check into an assigned Wildcat Welcome Center on September 16. Until then, we want to provide a very brief overview of what Wildcat Welcome will look like. Please note that students should not plan off-campus obligations during this time.

Sunday, September 15

Residential Services is hosting move-in for students assigned to buildings on the north end of campus from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 15 (see the list of included buildings). For those planning to unload from a car, an unloading permit with a designated time slot is required. The unloading permit deadline was September 6; for questions regarding your unloading permit, please contact Those assigned to one of these north-side buildings who will not need to unload from a car are able to check into their residence at any time between 1-5 p.m. Students moving in on this day will not have any required programming until the following day; you will need to plan to visit your Wildcat Welcome Center on Monday, September 16 between 8-4:45 p.m. to check in for orientation. Your first required programming will then begin at 4:45 p.m. with your RA.

Monday, September 16

Residential Services is hosting move-in for students assigned to all buildings on Monday, September 16 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Those planning to unload from a car are required to have an unloading permit with a designated time slot. The unloading permit deadline was September 6; for questions regarding your unloading permit, please contact If you will not be unloading from a car, you can arrive as early as 8 a.m. to check into your residence hall. Find more information about move-in day on the Residential Services website.

As soon as you move into your residence, you will head over to your Wildcat Welcome Center to check-in for orientation; this is where you’ll receive your class t-shirts, personalized schedule book for Wildcat Welcome, and more. The email you received on September 6 provided information regarding your assigned Wildcat Welcome Center; you can also find your assigned Wildcat Welcome Center below (based on your residence). The Centers are open from 8 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Students living in a residential college or residential community have a reception hosted by their faculty chairs and faculty-in-residence from 4-4:45 p.m.; everyone will have their first required meeting from 4:45-7 p.m. with their RA. Students will then attend their first welcome for all incoming students from 7:30-9:15 p.m.; this event will include meeting your Peer Adviser for the first time! Residence-based social programming will occur after these required programs while transfer students attend the Transfer Student Welcome.

Students living off campus, and those who did not check in before 4:45 p.m., will need to check in for orientation at Ryan Fieldhouse between 6:45-7:15 p.m. (this immediately precedes the 7:30 p.m. event for all students in the same location).

Wildcat Welcome Center Assignments:

Halls Reporting to Wildcat Welcome Centers 

Shepard Residential College

Allison, Shepard, 1838 Chicago, East Fairchild, West Fairchild, Jones



Willard Residential College

Willard, SMQ, NMQ, Chapin, Foster Walker, Rogers House, 630 Emerson/Hobart House, Evans Scholars, Sorority Housing

560 Lincoln

560 Lincoln, 2349 Sheridan, Kemper, Sargent, Slivka, Ayers, 2303 Sheridan, Bobb, McCulloch

Tuesday, September 17

Tuesday starts with one of our greatest traditions: March Through the Arch. All students will meet with their Peer Adviser (PA) group and take part in the “march” followed by lunch along the lake with your PA group. Get to know your undergraduate school(s) by participating in afternoon school-specific programming with welcomes and academic advising. If you’re a transfer student, you’ll attend the Transfer Student Welcome + Panel Presentation in the afternoon. That night, you’ll attend a meeting with your RA; afterward, there will be a mixer for students-of-color hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs and the oh-so-popular Chris Carter the Mentalist!

Wednesday, September 18

Wednesday will continue with all things academic as you go through advising and prepping for course registration! Transfer students will be participating in a new academic and career resources event during the day. After, you’ll participate in your first round of True Northwestern Dialogues (TNDs); TNDs are a cornerstone of Wildcat Welcome and are consistently considered the highlight by new students. Topics for each TND session focus on what it means to be a student in this community and how to thrive here. Wednesday night is packed with student performances (a v popular set of events!).

Thursday, September 19

Today’s the day—first years will be registering for fall quarter classes (by PA group)! If you’re a transfer student, you’ll be traveling down to Chicago for a day trip with fellow transfers. All students will get the opportunity to attend the Resource Fair where you can check out the many offices available to you during your Northwestern career and there will be an opportunity to attend the work-study orientation, if applicable. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner with your PA group before attending your second TND session. Social events for Thursday night include a bonfire for transfer students, a continuation of student performances, and other low-key events.

Friday, September 20

Round out the week with the third TND session in the morning, followed by our class photo in the shape of the Northwestern “N” (which is a pretty big deal that we’re excited about). Then, you'll experience the “Purple Pride!” event in the gorgeous lakeside athletic facility where you’ll learn about Northwestern traditions. Everyone will reconvene that night for dinner with your PAs followed by your fourth TND session and Norris at Night!

Saturday, September 21

Your weekend will be complete with this Northwestern classic—cheer on our Wildcats to a win as our football team goes against Michigan State! Beforehand, you’ll participate in the New Student Tailgate and the longstanding Wildcat Dash tradition in which the new students run across the field before the game begins.

Sunday, September 22

Your Sunday will begin right after lunch with the President’s Convocation with President Schapiro and Provost Holloway. Convocation will be followed by a PA group meeting and ending the day with the perfect event for Sunday night: WILDCAT WELCOME GOES TO SIX FLAGS! Ever wonder what it would be like to have an entire theme park shut down just for your class? Well, you can stop wondering now. The event is free for new students.

Monday, September 23

For the last day of Wildcat Welcome before classes start, get rested and ready for your first day of classes on Tuesday. There are shop and ride shuttles, so keep that running list of things you wish you had in your residence hall on hand. You’ll see a list of wellness and workout classes listed for the day. Your goal: learn how to practice self care throughout the year.

Tuesday, September 24

Enjoy your first day of classes!