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Wildcat Welcome

Wildcat Welcome, Northwestern's weeklong orientation for all new students (mandatory for both first-year and transfer students), includes events and spaces specifically designed for transfer students to build on previous experiences and to foster community for a successful 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).

Wildcat Welcome Schedule

Parent and Family Orientation: Virtual

Parent and Family Orientation will be held virtually this year on September 13. Please visit the Parent & Family Orientation page for more information. The full schedule for this program will not be released until the summer.

Advising and Registration 

Students will participate in advising programming before they register for fall quarter classes. Advising and course registration will occur during the Wildcat Welcome period.

Events during Wildcat Welcome

Each day of Wildcat Welcome includes activities that connect you with other students and help you acclimate to life at Northwestern. Some events—like a transfer student academic and career resource session—are practical in focus. The President’s Convocation and the True Northwestern Dialogue series focus on Northwestern values. Wildcat Welcome will include meetings and events hosted by your school and by the various campus offices and organizations that exist to support and enrich your student experience. Your days will be full but not without downtimes for fun, relaxation, and self-care. 


How will Wildcat Welcome be hosted?

Wildcat Welcome will be remote and largely live. Programming has been reimagined to take advantage of virtual platforms, providing students with ample opportunity to not only learn about Northwestern and prepare for the start of classes, but also opportunities to meet and learn from other incoming students and returning students. New students will be expected to participate and complete a mix of on-demand and live programming each day of Wildcat Welcome. Students in time zones that do not allow them to join live will learn in their nightly personalized schedules what alternatives are available. 

A student's Peer Adviser (PA) will be their primary guide through Wildcat Welcome, and a support system for the first year. The PA will help new students navigate the Wildcat Welcome schedule and help students begin to build their foundation here. 

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.