What is the First-Year Experience?

first year experience at northwestern

The First-Year Experience area within the Office of New Student and Family Programs is responsible for providing programs, processes, and communication that will help to enrich the first year for students at Northwestern. In collaboration with various departments, offices, and academic areas, Northwestern strives to support students throughout their transition to the community, including social and academic transition.

As a first-year student, if you are just not sure where to go or who to ask on any concern you may have, contact Josh McKenzie, Director for the First-Year Experience, at j-mckenzie@northwestern.edu.

Info for First-Years

Info for first-year students

There are a number of offices, groups, and resources across campus that aim to support students during their time at Northwestern. We've gathered a list of items that we think are most applicable for you as a first-year student. Still confused? Give New Student and Family Programs a call or send us an email. 

View the Info for First-Years page

Wildcat Weekends

Wildcat Welcome Weekends

Your epic experience with Wildcat Welcome doesn’t end the first day of class! The first month is a crucial time to become acclimated to the Northwestern community and connect with peers. As an extension of Wildcat Welcome, a series of programs have been created for you to participate in, to assist with social and academic transition. Wildcat Weekends is a time for you to continue the exploration and discovery of the University (and yourself) that began during Wildcat Welcome. 

View the Wildcat Weekends page