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Summer Tasks

There are 3 ways to keep up with the singular list of tasks you must complete at various points this summer, depending on your preferred method. The complete overview of tasks are outlined in full in the Transfer Edition of Purple Prep, our online Checklist app is an on-the-go complement to the publication, and emails sent to you monthly help remind you of those tasks and give any additional context we may think is helpful for that month.  

Purple Prep for Transfer Students

Purple Prep for Transfer Students is an online booklet that outlines what you need to do and know over the summer (an important read, to say the least). You will receive access via June's March to the Arch email. Be sure you read the transfer PDF only (below); you may find other Purple Prep websites/publications that are designed specifically for incoming first-year college students.

View Purple Prep for Transfer Students

March To The Arch Emails

This monthly email comes the first Tuesday of each month beginning in June. These emails remind you of Purple Prep tasks coming up that month, provide more info around those tasks, and give updates as needed. Reading through each email will be important to ensuring you are up-to-date. Emails are sent to your account.

Purple Prep Checklist 

Purple Prep Checklist is the way to manage the task items you see in Purple Prep, but will only display the tasks relevant to you! You can also sign up for weekly text reminders, if you wish. The only tasks this list will not include over the summer are any specific financial aid tasks you must complete, which are listed on your CAESAR account. 

Access Your Personal Checklist

Log into Purple Prep Checklist using your NetID and password. The first time you log in, you will be asked a few questions to help better personalize and populate your summer checklist.

Add to Home Screen on Mobile

If you're accessing Purple Prep Checklist from your mobile device, once you are logged in and on the checklist page (with the progress wheel), add the site to your home screen for quicker access over the summer. 

Manage Your Checklist

You will be responsible for managing your checklist throughout the summer; this list does not verify if you have actually completed that item. There are 3 items that will automatically be checked for you once Northwestern has received that information: the completion of your housing contract, completing the Wildcat Welcome Information Form (due July 7), and completing the online safety requirement (due September 7). 

Click on a task to view detailed information about the task (the same info you see in Purple Prep) along with a link to completing that task and contact information if you have questions about completion. 

Weekly Text Reminders

You can select to receive weekly text reminders; you can do this by selecting it on the entry screen with questions when you log in for the first time, or by visiting your profile within the checklist at any time during the summer. 

If you opt in, you will receive a text each Sundays notifying you of any unchecked items you have with due dates coming up that week (through the following Sunday). If you have completed all tasks for the upcoming week, you will receive no text message. 

Get to 100%

As you work through your tasks over the summer, you'll notice your progress wheel will slowly start to fill in. Get to 100% by the time you arrive for Wildcat Welcome in September and Purple Prep Checklist will help you celebrate!