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FA Application Information

How to Apply

Click here to access the Family Ambassador application.

We are so excited you are considering applying to be a 2019 Family Ambassador! The FA application will close Friday, February 1 at 11:59 PM.  Before you begin your application, please make sure you have reviewed the position and important dates.

Required Info Session

To submit an eligible application, you must attend an Info Session, whether you are a new applicant or returning FA. Please make sure you attend one of the sessions listed below and bring your wildcard to check-in upon arrival. 

  • Tuesday, January 22—6:00-7:00 PM, Harris 107
  • Wednesday, January 23 —6:00-7:00 PM, Annenberg G21
  • Friday, January 25—4:00-5:00 PM, Annenberg G21
  • Sunday, January 27—4:00-5:00 PM, Annenberg G21
  • Friday, February 1—4:00-5:00 PM, Annenberg G21 

If you are NOT interested in applying for the POP Facilitator position you may arrive 30 minutes after the above start time. Information on the POP Facilitator position will be shared for the first thirty minutes of the information session.

If you identify as a student of color and are interested in hearing about the experiences of PAs of color, you can alternatively attend one of the following call-outs:

  • Monday, January 28—6:00-7:00 PM, The Black House (1914 Sheridan Road)
  • Tuesday, January 29—6:00-7:00 PM, The Black House (1914 Sheridan Road)

If you are unable to attend please email to set up a time to meet with a Family Coordinator to receive information.


The application includes general information about yourself and the following two essays: 

  • Why are you interested in serving as a 2019 Family Ambassador? (max. 250 words)
  • Reflect on your own/your family’s unique identities, and describe an experience you had that could help aid other families in their transition to Northwestern. Please include what was challenging about the experience for you and/or your family, what you learned from the experience, and how this experience prepares you for the Family Ambassador role. (max. 500 words)

We encourage you to save a word document with your responses.  You will be notified by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 if you are selected for an interview.

Interview Process

The interview process will involve an individual interview occurring between Monday, February 18 – Thursday, February 28

Final selections will be communicated by Thursday, March 14.

FA Position Restrictions

  • Those who serve as a Peer Adviser, Pre-Orientation Program Counselor, or Resident Assistant are not able to serve as an FA.
  • If you plan to study abroad this spring or fall quarter, you are not able to fulfill the FA role.
  • If you are planning to live in a residence hall in 2019-2020, you will be allowed to move in early for fall FA training. If you are planning on living in a fraternity/sorority house for the fall of 2019-2020, it is your responsibility to secure early move-in approval from your house as soon as possible. If you are not able to move in early, arrangements to stay with other FAs during fall training will be made.
  • Family Ambassadors must have no other duties or activities during Parent and Family Orientation. Similarly, during Family Weekend, they must have their weekend open for any and all FA duties.
  • New Student and Family Programs staff must follow a strict alcohol policy to ensure focus is kept on the new student, parent, and family experience rather than social events.