Family Publications

Northwestern Family Members at Tailgate

Our office is passionate about keeping our family members informed about what is happening on campus.  We have a variety of methods to ensure you receive useful information.  Below you will find publications for family members in the Northwestern community including Prep Plus, the Parent and Family Guide and Wildcat Family Focus. These publications, as well as other important messages, are delivered to Northwestern families via the parent and family e-mail list.

Wildcat Family Focus Quarterly Newsletter

Wildcat Family Focus is a quarterly publication published for the parents and families of all Northwestern undergraduate students. Peruse the most recent issue of Wildcat Family Focus via the links below. 

The Spring 2018 Edition is now available!

Northwestern Parent and Family Guide

Our Parent and Family Guide provides important resources available to support our Northwestern family members.

The 2018 Parent and Family Guide is now available!

For Families of New Students

Prep Plus

Prep Plus is a booklet specifically made for families of incoming undergraduate students; the booklet serves as a compliment to the student's Purple Prep, mailed in the same packet in mid-May. Prep Plus includes a brief overview of your student's summer tasks and some information on navigating the college transition.

Parent and Family Webinar

New Student and Family Programs hosts several webinars during the summer months for family members of incoming students; below you can find dates and available recordings of webinars.

  • Sunday, June 10, 2018 (4 PM CDT):
    • This 20-minute, “on demand” webinar is taking the place of the previously scheduled June 10 webinar. Download Webinar #1 today! Please note: It may take a few minutes for the webinar to download.
    • Topic: Introduction to resources and services available through New Student and Family Programs
  • Sunday, July 22, 2018 (4 PM CDT):
    • This hour-long, "on demand" webinar is taking the place of the previously scheduled July 22 webinar. Download Webinar #2 today! Access a PDF version of the slides for active links to contact information of the presenters.
    • Topic: Psychology of parenting a college student AND guests (Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Health Insurance, Residential Services, and Health Promotion and Wellness) share basic information about the resources they offer for your student
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018 (4 PM CDT):  
    • This 45-minute, "on demand" webinar is this month's webinar. Download Webinar #3 today! Access a PDF version of the slides for active links throughout the presentation.
    • Topic: Pointers for parenting a new student (from the parent perspective) AND details for move-in and Wildcat Welcome/Parent & Family Orientation.